Maxxis Proving Ground Opens in China11/16/2012
Joining the ranks of other major tire companies, Cheng Shin Rubber Ind. Co., Ltd., d/b/a Maxxis International, has constructed its own world-class proving ground. 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 proving ground, which took several years to plan and construct. Located adjacent to Maxxis’ Shanghai factory, the facility features comprehensive testing capabilities, the most of any tire proving ground in China.
The site, dedicated entirely to tire testing, covers 860,000 square meters within a 5.2-kilometer perimeter. Separate courses test tire 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 tires 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 tires to maximize environmental friendliness. The new proving ground also allows Maxxis to ensure that its tires 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 proving ground 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 proving ground, the latest step in its ongoing effort to offer tires of the highest-quality and performance.