CGS Aiming to Lead Agro/Industrial Tyre Imports in Russia
Following yesterday’s announcement that the company is opening a Russian and CIS market office, CGS Tyres has stated its aim of becoming “In the long term we are aiming to become the leading importer to the Russian market and the Commonwealth of Independent States in the agricultural and industrial tyre segments,” Jozef Rúček, who will manage the new Moscow office, commented. General manager and chairman of the board of CGS Tyres, Jaroslav Čechura, explained the company’s strategy: “Recent developments at manufacturers of agricultural machinery and equipment in Russia – such as Claas, John Deere and the Same Deutz-Fahr Group – have brought increased interest in our products in the region. The Russian market is huge, and we view it as a great opportunity for further expansion.”
Andrew Mabin, CGS Tyres marketing and sales director, added: “Thanks to our Moscow sales office, we are able to meet the individual demands of our customers, providing our Russian clients with the same level of customer service that we guarantee on other developed markets.”
CGS second largest ag-tyre maker in Europe; number four in the world
According to the company, CGS Tyres is currently the second largest European producer of agricultural tyres, with only Michelin ahead of it in first place. Globally CGS Tyres is the fourth largest manufacturer in the segment behind Michelin, Goodyear and Bridgestone. CGS is also the world leader in the speedway motorcycle tyre market. In addition to its agricultural range, the group’s portfolio includes industrial tyres, a wide range of motorcycle tyres, tyres for forklift trucks, goods vehicles, aircraft and other special tyres. Mitas and Continental tyres produced by CGS are fitted as standard to new machines produced by prestigious global manufacturers such as John Deere, CNH, Claas, Caterpillar and Liebherr.
The group’s tyre production is concentrated at three sites in the Czech Republic and one factory in the Serbian city of Ruma. The group also owns the Institute for Rubber Technology and Testing (IGTT), which performs an important service role. Company representatives described this facility as “a top global institute for carrying out static and dynamic laboratory testing of tyres, metal and rubber wheels, inner tubes, valves, inserts, repair kits and puncture prevention technologies for practically all kinds of on-road and off-road vehicles, light aircraft, motorized and non-motorized carts, and other equipment.”
In addition the lab runs legally required tests such as the issuing of homologation reports with the internationally approved E8 mark, which is then distributed by the Czech Ministry of Transport to all European countries.
CGS Tyres is the largest division of the Czech holding company ČGS a.s. In addition to tyres, the ČGS Group also produces technical rubber components and bicycle tyres at its subsidiary Rubena, as well as rubber production technology and piston rings at the subsidiary Buzuluk.