Nokian Tyres has started construction of a new testing and technology centre in Santa Cruz de la Zarza in Spain.

The first test tracks will be completed next year, with the technology centre expected to be fully operational in 2020.

Nokian Tyres currently operates two test centres in Finland – Ivalo and Nokia. Adding the third testing facility and technology centre in Spain’s warmer climate will allow for year-round testing of summer, all-season and winter tyres.

The main focus is on summer and all-season tyres with a high speed rating; there is especially high demand for them in Nokian Tyres’ growth markets in Central Europe and North America.

“We have been planning the new centre for a long time in cooperation with local authorities and other partners,” said Nokian Tyres president and CEO, Hille Korhonen.

“Now is the time to take the next step and start building a technology centre for the future that offers opportunities for accelerating product development and growing our product range.”