Latest ATG ranges reflect significant R&D investment
At Reifen 2012, the Alliance Tire Group presented a new off-road tyre it says represents an innovative approach to dual-tyre configuration for excavators. Called the 528 Dual Master, the new product solves the problem of stones becoming embedded between double tyres. It does this through the use of a unique sidewall construction that enables close contact between the two tyres. “There is normally a rubber spacer between the tyres, but stones nevertheless get between the tyres and cause punctures,” explained ATG marketing communications manager Tal Rappoport to Tyres & Accessories. “The 528 Dual Master is the first tyre model for excavators that doesn’t require this spacer, and stones therefore can’t get penetrate this space.
Rappoport commented that ATG’s researchers strive to innovate, and this effort can be seen in products such as the 528 Dual Master. The radial, which is available in size 380/80R 22.5, is designed for longer tread life, comfortable ride, lower fuel consumption and an overall machine capacity increase. ATG says that a strong all-steel casing provides greater machine stability plus optimal puncture protection and retreadability.
A second, important Alliance product showcased at Reifen was the Multiuse 655, an all-steel OTR radial range designed and optimised for use in snow and ice conditions, as well as on sandy and similar loose types of terrain. The Multiuse 655 is also, ATG adds, a good performer on any kind of hard surface. Key to the tyre’s traction ability is its tread block design. Rappoport pointed out the design, which features wide blocks paired with narrow blocks, and explained that this layout generates high levels of traction and adhesion, provides for a better, quieter ride and is self-cleaning. The Multiuse 655 is available in four sizes.
Another new release at Reifen 2012 was the Alliance 624, which is available in sizes 18R19.5 and 18R22.5. ATG describes this as one of the most advanced and best performing telehandler and excavator tyres in the marketplace. “Many manufacturers have bias excavator tyres but we are only one of a couple that have this in radial,” added Tal Rappoport. “It features an all-steel construction and offers all the advantages of a radial tyre compared with a bias tyre.” The 624 has wide open shoulders designed to provide excellent traction in soft soil, while tight lugs in the centre are there to provide superior on-road performance.
These three new products, the marketing communications manager believes, are evidence of the significant investments ATG is making in research and development at its centres in Israel, India and the US. Rappoport shared that the company is presently focused on consolidating its key brands – Alliance, Galaxy and Primex – and implementing its ‘Vision 2016’ plan. “We are a global player, and want to take the next step – it is very clear that we want to be amongst the top three players in the agricultural, forestry and construction segments in the markets where we are active.”