Joining the ranks of other major tyre companies, Cheng Shin Rubber Ind. Co., Ltd, trading as Maxxis International, has constructed its own world-class test track. The company held the grand opening of the new site November 16 in Kunshan City, near Shanghai in Jiangsu Province, China.
Maxxis invested approximately USD $150 million in the new test track, which took several years to plan and construct. Located adjacent to Maxxis' Shanghai factory, the facility features comprehensive testing capabilities, the most of any tyre test track in China.
The site, dedicated entirely to tyre testing, covers 860,000 square meters within a 5.2-kilometer perimeter. Separate courses test tyre performance at high speeds, braking, dry and wet handling, pass-by noise, ride, durability, N.V.H. (noise, vibration and harshness), and general performance. The track also contains dedicated testing areas for tyres under hydroplaning and severe dry/wet maneuvering conditions.
In keeping with the company's focus on green practices, the test site allows Maxxis to continually upgrade its tyres to maximize environmental friendliness. The new test track also allows Maxxis to ensure that its tyres meet evolving standards for wet grip, fuel efficiency, external noise and other characteristics. The site began operations in late October.
"The opening of this new test track is a huge step forward for Maxxis," said Robert Lo, chairman of Cheng Shin Tire & Rubber (China) Co., Ltd. in Shanghai. "As one of the world's top ten tire companies, we believe that our investment in this top-flight facility will pay off in ever-improving products for customers around the world."
Maxxis is proud to introduce this world-class test track, the latest step in its ongoing effort to offer tyres of the highest-quality and performance.
About Maxxis International
For over 45 years, Maxxis International has delivered high-quality tyres to both original equipment and aftermarket customers. Maxxis offers products for automotive, light truck, motorcycle, ATV, bicycle, lawn & garden and industrial use. The company has operations in Asia, Europe and North America, and its products are distributed in approximately 170 countries.