HANOVER, Germany — Zhongce Rubber Group (ZC Rubber) has hired tire industry veteran Martin Winter as technical director tire development for the firm's Europe, Middle East, Africa and Americas regions.
Winter brings 20-plus years industry experience to his new position. He will be based at ZC Rubber's Europe Technical Center in Hanover, where he will work with Martin Wells, vice president, technical center and global OE, and Jörn Tietjens, key account manager OE, to support ZC Rubber's OE project development and compliance with the latest legal regulations on a global basis.
Winters will report directly to Wells.
According to ZC Rubber, Winter will focus on tire development, testing and corresponding activities related to the company's OE project development, as well as establishing technical guidance to all departments with tires, regulations and standards, and latest changes in the field of sustainability.
Winter's industry experience covers tire manufacturing and OE developments. He most recently was global technical director OE for one year for Qingdao Sentury Tire Co. Ltd., where he helped with processing, manufacturing development and research activities of passenger and light truck tires.
He also spent nine years at Hankook Tire & Technology, where he was a senior OE automotive engineer. Prior to that, he worked at Goodyear Dunlop in Germany.
Wells said "it's great to have Martin Winter on board as he has profound knowledge for OE developments with leading OEMs and he can be of great support to the essential processes to establish ZC Rubber as a sustainable partner for the automotive industry in Europe and USA."
ZC Rubber opened its Europe Technical Center (ETC) in Hanover in 2021 in order to provide support to the global development of the company's original equipment project development and to work with key OE accounts in the region.