Nokian Tyres wants to comment on the ongoing discussion about the trustworthiness of tyre tests executed by car media. The topic was raised in the interview of Nokian Tyres’ CEO Ari Lehtoranta in Finnish magazine Kauppalehti on 24 Feb 2016.
- We wanted to bring up tyre testing in car media ourselves, as we have been increasing the transparency and ethicality of our operations on all levels. In past years, when the testing organisations asked manufacturers to send them tyres for the tests, activities in the industry were dubious. Major test organisations have now for years acquired the tyres from tyre stores, and also make control tests to the tyres afterwards. The Board of Nokian Tyres has never decided on such stock option schemes that would have encouraged cheating in tests, unlike what has been implied in the media.
- Last year we audited our operations. Right after that we clarified our rules for test tyres which now specifically forbid any planning or manufacturing of tyres that are targeted only for car media tests. The issue was immediately handled in our Board of directors and together we decided to come out with this information on our own terms. On our behalf, we apologise and regret the mistakes we have made in the past.
- High quality of our products is the foundation of Nokian Tyres. Our products are also top class in safety, says CEO Ari Lehtoranta.
Nokian Tyres plc Antti-Jussi Tähtinen Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Further information: Mr. Ari Lehtoranta, President and CEO, tel: +358 10 401 7733 or Mr. Antti-Jussi Tähtinen, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Tel. +358 10 401 7940
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