Titan’s First 63-OTR Tyre Ready
Less than a year after committing itself to developing giant 63-inch radial tyres, Titan Tire has manufactured the company’s first prototype specimen at its Ohio facility. Production examples are expected to be ready for shipping to mines within 60 to 90 days.
“This project has been an unbelievable experience for a large group of Titan employees – starting with myself,” said Titan chairman and CEO Maurice M. Taylor Jr. “I know a lot of people think I’m a little different, and that’s fine, but I’m very lucky to have a great team. Titan has some of the best employees in this business and they proved it today by producing this tyre in seven months, starting from scratch. A site that used to be a soybean field is now the beginning of a state-of-the-art giant tyre facility. In addition to developing this 63-inch tyre, Titan has also filed for a patent on the new construction used in this design that will improve tyres and lower cost to manufacture.”
Titan believes these giant OTR tyres will out-perform the steel radials currently on the market as a result of the patent pending process used in Titan’s new steel belted radials. In tests on smaller tyre sizes, Titan found tyre lifespan with this new design could be 20 to 30 per cent greater than on conventional tyres.