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Sailun Tire to Open North American R&D Centre

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The new centre will be responsible for the design and development of both Original Equipment (OE) and Replacement (RE) tires for the North American market. Photo walterericsy / Adobe Stock

The Sailun Group announced the establishment of the Sailun Tire Americas Technical Centre (SATC) in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Sailun Tire Americas (STA) recently secured a building for development engineers, quality engineers, designers, research engineers, and technicians. The move marks a significant step in the growth of R&D and the technical capabilities for the company in North America.

This new centre will be responsible for the design and development of both Original Equipment (OE) and Replacement (RE) tires for the North American market across the entire portfolio of STA brands, which includes passenger car, EV, SUV/CUV, light truck, and TBR.

Terry Edwards will serve as the Chief Technical Officer of SATC leading all efforts in R&D and Quality. Edwards brings over four decades of expertise in the areas of OE and RE tire R&D, quality, and manufacturing to his role with STA.

“The timing for our new technical centre could not be better due to the transitioning market in North America. Both the existing market and the rapidly growing EV market are ideally matched for our EcoPoint3 compound technology. Together with our global R&D teams, we are confident that we will provide optimum performing products for the North American market,” says Terry Edwards, Chief Technical Officer of SATC.

“We’re thrilled to formally announce the establishment of this R&D and Quality centre to further enhance our capabilities of supplying the North American market with affordable, quality tires. This new facility will help us achieve our long-term goals of being a leader in the value tier and fulfill the demand for STA products across the continent. We will continue to create great tires that meet the specific needs of our customers while still providing the value that our products and brands are known for,” says Ron Dolan, President, Sailun Tire Americas.

STA is currently in the process of hiring staff and securing equipment for the 22,308 ft2 R&D centre.

 

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