Now, Yokohama can test winter tyres on ice
The Yokohama Rubber Company has started testing the performance of winter tyres on the ice at an indoor facility at Hokkaido, Asahikawa City, in Japan. The event was attended by special guests Masahito Nishikawa, Mayor of Asahikawa, and Hitoshi Yoneshima, CEO of Kishida Gumi Company, which designed and built the facility. Representatives from Yokohama Rubber included Tadanobu Nagumo, Chairman and Representative Member of the Board, Osamu Mikami, Member of the Board and Senior Managing Officer, President of Tire Business and Masaki Noro, Member of the Board and Managing Officer, Chief Tire Technical Officer were also present.
The new indoor facility, featuring an ice track, further enhances testing capabilities. The indoor course is unaffected by such external factors as the weather and outdoor temperatures, and the ice track’s condition can be kept stable. The new facility’s size—total floor area of about 2,860 square meters, at 119m x 24m, and an 8.8m high ceiling (at highest point)—makes the indoor facility suitable for testing tyres used on trucks and buses as well as passenger cars.
The Yokohama Rubber has another winter tyre test course in Sweden—the Yokohama Test Center of Sweden (YTCS). Hokkaido tests Yokohama Rubber’s full lineup of winter tyres sold around the world, while YTCS conducts additional tests to confirm the suitability and performance of Yokohama tyres to be sold in continental Europe, Russia and Northern Europe, a statement from the company said.