Neu-Isenburg, Germany, 3rd February.2022 – The keys to the new Hankook test centre, which commenced operation last summer, were recently officially handed over in the presence of Klaus Krause, the Head of the European Research and Development Centre. The new Hankook workshop is located on the premises of operator Applus+, which is about 37 miles from Barcelona. Hankook and Applus+ have enjoyed a successful partnership for 16 years. The workshop is equipped with state-of-the-art, automated and entirely paperless test logistics from the recording of results to storage and transport processing. The on-site team of about 20, which is affiliated with the Hankook Europe Technical Centre (ETC), also has access to its modern offices, lounges and social areas.
“Having been operating from the premises since summer last year, we are delighted to have now been able to hold the official opening of the new test centre, even though it was on a smaller scale due to the pandemic. The state-of-the-art equipment in our new workshop not only allows us to ensure optimal conditions and services, but also to implement the tyre tests even more efficiently, which are a crucial part of our development work.” said Klaus Krause, Head of the European Research and Development Centre in Hanover.
Due to extensive investment in its European test and development sites, Hankook is in high demand as an original equipment partner for countless premium car manufacturers, such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and VW. The company has been continuously expanding its capacities in this area since 1997 when the ETC was opened. Hankook stands for holistic tyre development and production in the region with state-of-the-art production and indoor test plants in Hungary, the European proving ground for winter tyres in Finland, the ETC and the newly opened Nürburgring Workshop in Germany, as well as the test centre in Spain.
Caption (from left to right): Klaus Krause, Head of the European Research and Development Centre, and Aleix Alcaraz, Subjective Test Driver at Hankook