Video Exclusives


Historical footage from Marangoni

Sentury

The Italian supplier looks back on its beginnings as a developer of tire production and retreading machinery.

Click here to watch the video


A factory tour

Sentury

Visit Continental's factory in Otrokovice where more than 21 million passenger and light freight tires are produced a year

Click here to watch the video

What do you think about Michelin's Vision tire concept? Video here.

Web Exclusive Articles

« back to listing

Original equipment development at Giti

Giti experts reveal how the company works in close collaboration with vehicle OEMs to develop bespoke original equipment rubber

 



Work on all original equipment tires for Europe is conducted by the team at Giti Tire’s R&D center in Hannover, Germany (above), in close collaboration with colleagues in China (bottom). “We take the lead in the process but due to the fact that we do not have a plant in Europe, we need support from our colleagues in China, including in R&D,” says Dr Claus Oberbeck, chief engineer, OE tires.

Initial prototypes are built in China and shipped to Europe for assessment, which is typically conducted at IDIADA in Spain and at the company’s base at MIRA, UK. “Here we will do a pre-screening of the tire on selected cars, as specified in the contract. It’s our responsibility to get the reference vehicle prepared and checked to ensure it has a comparable setup to the OEM’s prototype. Once we have received confirmation from the OEM, we proceed to develop the tire,” Oberbeck explains.

“We usually have an idea already which pattern we want to run with and we also perform a detailed analysis of the reference tire, which is normally defined early on by the vehicle OEM. Then once the mold is available, we go ahead and select the materials. In terms of physical prototypes we would probably make three different specifications.”

Once the product has been evaluated by the customer, if approved, the tire will enter into industrialization, or if fine tuning is required, the team will go back through the development loop.  


Ready for take off

“We cooperate closely with our colleagues in China – they tell us what changes are needed in order for production to be stable. We then work together to find a common solution to ensure that on one hand tire performance is high, but also ensure it can be produced on a mass scale.”

“In industrialization we use the same machines in our lab here as in the factory in China. Thanks to this, the industrialization period is usually only around three months,” comments senior compound engineer Antonio Cascio.
 

May 17, 2017

 

Read Latest Issue

Read Latest Issue

Read Latest Issue

Web Exclusives

Winter warmer
In response to strong demand from its tire industry customers, Artic Falls plans to undertake an expansion of its indoor hall
Read Now

Q&A with Jeff Barna, Yokohama
The newly appointed COO discusses key trends and challenges – including his plans for the company, raw material prices, and expansion plans in the USA
Read Now

Conti celebrates 50th anniversary of the Contidrom
The German tire giant looks back on 50 years of history at its flagship test facility
Read Now

Interview: Giuliano Menassi, head of R&D, Pirelli
The R&D expert discusses how the latest technology trends are affecting the way in which R&D is conducted at Pirelli
Read Now

In it to win it
Dunlop, which is now in its second year of competition with Aston Martin in WEC, says a new regulation will enable greater transfer from track to road
Read Now


Supplier Spotlight

Supplier SpotlightWe are building a list of leading suppliers covering all aspects of the tire industry. Want to see your company included? Contact olivia.campbell@ukimediaevents.com for more details.

فروشگاه اینترنتی فروشگاه اینترنتی سیستم همکاری در فروش کانال تلگرام چت روم دانلود فیلم فروشگظ;ه اینترنتی

Submit your industry opinion

Industry BlogDo you have an opinion you'd like to share with the tire technology community? We'd like to hear your views and opinions on the leading issues shaping the industry. Share your comments by sending up to 500 words to rachel.evans@ukimediaevents.com

Submit Your Recruitment Ad

Recruitment AdTo send us your recruitment advertising or to receive information on placing a banner please email olivia.campbell@ukimediaevents.com