NOKIA, Finland (Sept. 20, 2016) — Nokian Tyres P.L.C. is planning to build a 3,230-acre tire testing facility in central Spain to help the company strengthen its expertise in summer tires.
Nokian is budgeting $19 million for the project, with construction running from early 2017 through late 2019. The technology center, as Nokian is calling it, will be built near Santa Cruz de la Zarza, Spain, which is a village of about 4,500 inhabitants 50 miles south of Madrid.
When in operation, the testing facility will employ 20-30 people in areas such as track maintenance and test driving.
The technology center will allow for year-round product development and testing on demanding and varying tracks, Nokian said, especially for summer tires with high speed ratings as well as the characteristics of winter tires.