TAIPEI, Taiwan (Nov. 16)—Taiwan tire maker Maxxis International is building technical centers in Taiwan, China and the U.S. as part of an "ambitious expansion" of its worldwide research and development capabilities.
The U.S. center will be built at Maxxis' U.S. headquarters in Suwanee, Ga., and will replace a smaller facility in nearby Norcross. Ga., the company said. The one-story, 25,600-sq.-ft. center will open in June.
In Asia, Maxxis International has completed work on a six-story, 143,182-sq.-ft. center near Shanghai, China, where it anticipates employing 200 engineers. Plans also call for construction of a world-class proving ground nearby, expected to open in 2008, Maxxis said.
In Taiwan, Maxxis is building a three-story, 56,694-sq.-ft. facility that is scheduled for completion in June. Like the Shanghai center, it will employ 200 engineers, Maxxis said.
The firm did not say what it has budgeted to build the three centers.
Maxxis International, previously known as Cheng Shin Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd., is considered the world's 13th largest tire maker, with 2004 sales of $983.3 million. It makes car, light truck, motorcycle, ATV, bicycle, lawn and garden and industrial tires at plants in Taiwan and China.