3 new GTRadial tyres, GT Assist network concept exhibited at CV Show
For its part, GITI Tire (UK) Ltd. gave three new tyres their British debut. The first, the GAU861 made not only its British but European debut by appearing at the show. A new all-position pattern specifically designed for the urban waste sector of the market, GAU861 is currently in development and is expected to become available in 295/80 R22.5 later this year. Next up , the GDL617 is a new non-directional long haul drive axle pattern, which is also currently in development. Like the GAU861, this too is expected to enter distribution later on in 2011, although this product is set to be offered in “a variety of sizes.” The final new product on show was the GAR821, which is a new pattern specifically designed for regional bus operations and featuring a reinforced sidewall, solid shoulder and deep tread for “minimised impact damage…mileage performance and reduced noise emissions.” As well as the new tyres, the company also gave a further six existing products publicity at the show.
In addition to showing a plethora of number of new tyres, GITI representatives also took the opportunity to update the market on the latest developments with its GT Assist Service Network. Pitched as “part of GITI Tire’s focus on providing customers with high quality products, services and value added packages” the official launch of the firm’s GT Assist dealer service directory comes a few years after the concept was initially proposed.
According to the company, the GT Assist dealer service directory is designed to enable customer to find the nearest GT Radial service point in the event of a roadside breakdown. No figures relating to the current or anticipated size of the network have yet been released. What is clear is that just as the UK network goes live, the European equivalents are also reaching completion.