Sumitomo Rubber Europe opens winter test track in Sweden

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Sumitomo Rubber Europe (SREU) has established a new winter test track in Arnemark, Sweden where the company will evaluate its Falken-branded winter products.

The facility, which opened on December 16, 2019, comprises two groomed snow areas, each approximately 15,000m2 , two 1,600m snow handling courses and a 600m ice handling track.

In cooperation with the Finnish engineers at BD Testing, Falken’s winter tires intended for the European replacement business and the OE market will be among those put through their paces on the demanding course throughout the winter season. Test engineers, including those from SREU’s test team, will be on-site from December to March to evaluate newly developed tires on the most common medium and premium vehicles under extreme conditions of snow and ice.

“We are much more flexible and can undertake tire development efficiently and thoroughly with our new test track. It is not just that the test track is ideally suited to our purposes, but the excellent transport links and infrastructure are also ideal for us,” commented Dr Bernd Löwenhaupt, managing director of Sumitomo Rubber Europe.

Interested in hearing more from Sumitomo Rubber Europe? Don’t miss Bernd Löwenhaupt, managing director, Sumitomo Rubber Europe GmbH’s presentation, ‘Material innovation on controlling aging reaction technology’, during Stream 1 – Tire Technology for the Vehicle Revolution, at the Tire Technology Expo Conference, on Tue 25th February 2020. Register for your conference pass (rates apply), here.  

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