Work progresses on Nokian Heavy Tyres' $79m R&D centre in Finland
Construction is under way on the 3,500m2 facility that will support production capacity expansion by 50%
Finland’s Nokian Heavy Tyres has initiated the development of a 3,500m2 research and development (R&D) centre worth $78.5m to grow its production capacity by 50%, with construction on the project due to complete within the year.
In a statement, Nokian's development manager, Matti Kaunisto, said hollow-core slabs were currently being installed for the project, with work under way to begin machinery installation.
Work on Nokian's expansion of its production capacities is also under way, with plant director, Pasi Antinmaa, stating that full capacity on these schemes would reach 2021.
Nokian's R&D director, Kalle Kaivonen, said the firm's old facilities were “hopelessly too small”, adding that tyre testing and production planning could be “better integrated” through the new spaces.
He added: “In such a complex process, there is a lot going on and challenges are inevitable. Pulling it off so well, with the old and new employees complementing each other, gives credit to the whole organisation.”