Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) officially opened its new tire research and development facility – the Yokohama Development Center America (YDCA) – in Cornelius, N.C. Local officials joined Yokohama executives for the ribbon-cutting festivities. The high- tech, 25,000-sq.-ft.-building in Mecklenburg County replaces the temporary R&D office Yokohama has utilized in Concord, N.C., since 2016.
The Cornelius facility will consolidate separate R&D staffs currently operating at a number of locations throughout the U.S. and will be led by Shoichiro (Sho) Matsuda, YCNA vice president of corporate technical. The facilities primary focus will be tire development. In addition, the facility will also support other technical groups such as quality assurance and technical services.
The U.S. Development Center is Yokohama’s largest overseas R&D center in both functions and number of employees, according to Yokohama.