Test capabilities expanded at the Smithers Rapra Tire and Wheel testing lab in China

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The introduction of six new testing machines will improve the Suzhou laboratory’s ability to serve customer requests and will provide a 35% boost in capacity.

The equipment broadens testing capabilities by adding several key testing techniques: cleated tire and wheel endurance; wheel impact; salt spray; and tire air permeation testing.

“Since the opening of our Suzhou lab in 2012, we have strived to evolve and grow with our local clients to support them with world-class testing technology and service,” said Nat Leonard, president, Smithers Rapra.

“This lab expansion is the latest example of our strategy to grow in line with the kinds of testing our clients request of us. We will continue to invest in new technologies and capabilities to meet the needs of the global tire and wheel industry.”

In addition to the updates to Smithers’ Suzhou facility, the company expects to complete a building expansion and the introduction of a new Flat-Trac CT Plus machine at the Smithers Tire and Wheel Test Center in Ravenna, Ohio, in 2018, in partnership with six tire companies who funded the investment.

This will enhance existing force and moment capabilities with higher wheel torque and the ability to test a wider range of tire sizes. The opening of a new event center, new track surfaces, and two rental buildings at Smithers’ Winter Test Center in Brimley, Michigan, is scheduled for early 2018 as well.

January 23, 2018

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