Cooper Tire to develop global tech center in FindlayWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company of Findlay is scheduled to formally announce June 23 its plans to build a Global Technical Center (GTC) to be located in that community.
Cooper Tire will invest $35.5 million in the GTC scheduled to open by the end of this year, according to company officials. The GTC will be located on the second floor within the existing Cooper North America Technical Center in Findlay.
“We plan to locate the Global Technical Center within the same building in Findlay where the regional tech center already exists,” said Anne Roman, vice president of communications and public affairs at Cooper Tire & Rubber, told Toledo Free Press in May 2013.
The GTC will be the company’s worldwide center for tire science technology, advanced technology and innovation. Cooper currently operates three regional tech centers located in Findlay, Melksham, England, and Shanghai, China.
Cooper’s GTC will develop “ready to use” advanced materials and technologies such as nanotechnology, new polymers and compounds. The new technologies will be provided to the company’s existing tech centers for final product development and industrialization to meet customer and market demands around the world.
The new GTC will help Cooper develop and launch world-class products faster and more efficiently than ever before, according to information provided to the media in advance of the June 23 announcement.
Adding the GTC to its existing technical center will create 40 full-time jobs over the next three years for engineers, scientists, technicians and technical managers, according to Roman.
Cooper will use a $2.8 million Ohio Third Frontier Industrial Research and Development Center Program (IRDCP) grant awarded to Cooper for the GTC. The grant funding for the project was approved by the State Controlling Board of Ohio.
The GTC will accelerate research and development of advanced tire and material technologies that could be incorporated into new products manufactured around the world, including at Cooper Tire’s current production facility in Findlay, according to Cooper officials.
Roy Armes, chairman, CEO and president of Cooper Tire & Rubber, will speak at the official announcement on June 23. Other speakers will include Chuck Yurkovich, vice president of global research and development at Cooper Tire, and David Mustine, senior managing director of JobsOhio.
Cooper Tire Asia held a formal dedication ceremony June 12 for a new Asia Technical Center (ATC) in Kunshan, China, at the site of the Cooper Kunshan Tire (CKT) manufacturing plant, approximately 30 miles from Shanghai. The new facility was dedicated on June 16.
The ATC was relocated to Kunshan from Shanghai to a new 54,000-square-foot facility constructed specifically for Cooper’s research and development activities and staff of 65 material scientists and tire engineers, according to company officials.
Members of Cooper Tire’s technology team were among a select group of companies that consulted with scientists and engineers from NASA’s Glenn Research Center at the University of Toledo on June 12.
A second Cooper team will soon travel to the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland for a similar consultation with subject matter experts.
The consultations are being provided to manufacturing companies who applied for the opportunity to receive up to eight hours of no-cost consulting from the NASA experts to bring new insights into technical challenges and opportunities the companies are experiencing.
“NASA has some of the best minds in the world who have developed all types of innovations; not only those related to the exploration of space. Cooper is pleased to have been selected to tap into the brainpower, research capabilities and resources of NASA as we continue to improve our operations and products,” Yurkovich said.
Cooper applied for and was qualified to receive assistance with two projects — one focusing on development of a coating for tire molds and the other on RFID technology. Cooper was one of 16 area companies that received consulting through the NASA Roadshow, a program in its second year.
Cooper Tire & Rubber is the parent company of a global family of companies that specialize in the design, manufacture, marketing, and sales of passenger car and light truck tires. Cooper has joint ventures, affiliates and subsidiaries that also specialize in medium truck, motorcycle and racing tires.
Cooper Tire is the fourth largest tire manufacturer in North America and among the top 11 global tire producers with revenues of $3.4 billion in 2013, according to the company’s website. The North American tire segment represents 70 percent of its revenues with the international segment producing the other 30 percent.
Cooper’s headquarters is located in Findlay with manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design facilities within its family of companies located in 11 countries around the world. The company employs about 2,000 people at its operations in Findlay and 13,000 worldwide.
For more information on Cooper, visit www.coopertire.com.
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