Sumitomo Rubber Europe and Dunlop Tech have opened their European Development Centre campus in Germany.

After a construction period of more than one year, the 30,000sqm premises in Hanau-Steinheim now houses facilities for tyre development and testing, the production of liquid latex and the design of tyre pressure monitoring systems. 

"We are extremely grateful to the Hanau Business Development Agency and Head Mayor Claus Kaminsky, who provided advice and assistance during our purchase of the property," said Dunlop Tech MD, Bernd Schuchhardt.

"We are delighted to have both companies, Sumitomo Rubber Europe and Dunlop Tech, now operating under one roof, so to speak; the new centre will simplify communication and focus expertise."

For his part, Sumitomo Rubber Europe MD, Bernd Löwenhaupt added: "The spacious offices at our new centre will open up a host of further expansion opportunities for us.

"Our new technical and chemical laboratories provide us with the opportunity for testing and analysing tyre compounds and tyres in-house for the first time and are readily expandable.

"This will boost the speed and efficiency of our research and development operations in Europe. The tyre hall is also more spacious, allowing us to store and fit more tyres."