First large agri radial for Europe: Carlstar Group in talks with OEMs
When it comes to market share, 75 per cent is a very respectable figure indeed. This is, according to Hubert Plouchart, EMEA region director of sales at the Carlstar Group, the share the company’s Carlisle tyre brand holds in the US small tyre market. This isn’t the case here in Europe, however the Carlisle brand is well-known for its lawn and garden, ATV and UTV tyres. What it isn’t yet known for is its tractor tyres, and at Agritechnica the Carlstar Group set out to change that.
Taking pride of place on the Carlstar Group stand was the first-ever large Carlisle agricultural radial to be sold in Europe. The Farm Specialist Trac Radial, displayed in size 800/65 R32 and available in a total of 67 dimensions, is designed for use on tractors, liquid manure spreaders and combine harvesters.
According to Plouchart, the Farm Specialist Trac Radial offers outstanding performance paired with high comfort both in the field and on the road. Rolling resistance has been lowered and service life increased by the use of a flexible casing, and traction is said to be excellent, with consistent weight distribution.
Discussions regarding original equipment homologation for the Farm Specialist Trac Radial are currently taking place. Plouchart declines from giving names, however he mentions that the Carlstar Group is talking with OEMs in Germany. OEM field tests involving the new agricultural radial will begin soon.