Accompanying Mr. Ding at the ceremony were many Chinese and U.S. dignitaries, including Gustavo Lima, CEO of Oriente Triangle Latin America Inc.; Zhao XiDian, deputy mayor of Weihai, China, Triangle's headquarters city; Ken Moore, mayor of Franklin; Rogers Anderson, mayor of Williamson County, Tenn.; and Matt Largen of the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce.
On April 8 — traditionally the Buddha's birthday — Triangle will celebrate its 40th anniversary in Weihai, china, Mr. Ding said at the ceremony, noting the company distributes its tires in more than 170 countries.
Triangle Tire USA will coordinate its efforts with those of A3T L.L.C., its Akron technical liaison office, which employs more than 20, he said. This is in keeping with Triangle's commitment to technological advancement, according to Mr. Ding.
Triangle has the only national laboratory for tires in China, he claimed. The company holds more than 340 patents in China and more than 80 worldwide, and in 2008 won China's National Technology Prize for its new tire technology, he said.
The company already supplies original equipment tires to such companies as General Motors Co., Caterpillar Inc. and the Daewoo Group, according to Mr. Ding.
Franklin is also the headquarters city for Nissan Motor Co. U.S.A., but although Triangle plans to build its OE business long-term, it is not doing so with any specific auto maker in mind, he said.