The new EU Tyre Label ice mark can be awarded based on test outcomes at new indoor facility in Finland
Test World has converted its ‘Indoor 3’ facility to pure ice, adding to the site’s capacity for indoor ice testing. With updates to the EU Tyre Label and the new ‘Ice Mark’ due next year, Test World has noted a significant increase in enquiries related to ice testing at the Ivalo-based tyre testing facility in Finland. Indoor 3 builds on Test World’s existing indoor ice facility, giving its customers unrivalled access to accurate and reliable tyre testing all year round.
Janne Seurujärvi, Managing Director at Test World, said: “With the fast-approaching introduction of the new EU Tyre Label and Ice Mark, we are experiencing unprecedented levels of interest in ice testing. This form of tyre testing is very difficult to achieve consistently outdoors, where changeable weather can be a limiting factor. In converting Indoor 3 to pure ice, we have ensured that we can meet the requirements of our customers all year round.”
Test World opened the world’s largest indoor winter test facility in 2018, featuring natural snow and ice platforms as well as asphalt tracks for wet and try braking and aquaplaning. The facility allows tyre engineers to test products of all sizes on any surface throughout the year. It also enables vehicle manufacturers to perform a wide range of vehicle dynamics, powertrain and driver assistance tests at temperatures as low as -13°C.