Kumho’s Akron-based tech center drives tire innovation


In a city with rubber roots, it’s easy to take tires for granted.

Akron, after all, earned the Rubber Capital of the World moniker for a good reason. Today, the city once dotted with tire factories bearing big name logos doesn’t have the manufacturing presence it once did. But rubber — and the tires, specifically — never really left.

The Akron area remains a hub of engineering, design and development. And for Kumho Tire USA Inc. in particular, it’s the heartbeat of the North American tire market. Because in the city of Fairlawn — just about 20 minutes from the heart of downtown Akron — is the Kumho America Technical Center (KATC).

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Story excerpt provided by Crain’s Cleveland Business.

Written by Erin Pustay Beaven.

Originally published November 30, 2021.

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