Goodyear announces $36M investment in OTR production

David Anckaert, vice president of Goodyear’s commercial tyre business in Europe

Goodyear highlights latest OTR products and mobility solutions at BAUMA

Goodyear highlighted its latest off-the-road (OTR) products and solutions for the construction machinery industry at BAUMA, including the public debut of its recently launched OMNITRAC ranges of steer and drive tyres for mixed service trucks. At BAUMA, Goodyear highlighted its EMTrack OTR tyre performance monitoring system and the TL-4A OTR tyre for articulated dump trucks and scrapers. The company also announced that it will make a $36 million investment at its manufacturing plant in Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg.

Goodyear’s newest tyres have been developed with optimal damage resistance and longer service life for vehicles operating in today’s mixed service applications. Tyres face difficult conditions on unpaved sites, but predominantly operate on roads, meaning a significant challenge for tyre-makers to provide both good road handling and comfort, and ruggedness to prevent failures in the first and last parts of most journeys. Such machines include tippers, cement mixers, concrete pumps and low loaders operating in construction as well as trucks in the waste, recycling, timber and agricultural industries.

Goodyear’s EMTrack OTR tyre performance monitoring system in the field

The company also featured its patented Goodyear TPMS Heavy Duty predictive analytics technology from Goodyear Proactive Solutions at the event, able to provide off-the-road operators with precise, real-time tyre monitoring.

“Goodyear has one of the broadest tyre and service offerings available to the construction industry today, with tyres for practically every machine on the market,” said Octavian Velcan, managing director of Goodyear’s off-the-road business in EMEA. “And while we continue to introduce new and improved products to take on greater loads and the toughest operating conditions, supplying great tyres is not enough. That is why we also offer a full suite of data-based, proactive solutions proven to increase vehicle uptime by reducing tyre-related incidents as much as 85 percent.”

OTR investment

Goodyear’s $36 million investment will increase OTR tyre production and fund process improvements.

“The demand for premium OTR tyres continues to grow worldwide thanks to the expansion of mining and construction operations, as well as developments in the port and industrial segments,” said David Anckaert, vice president of Goodyear’s commercial tyre business in Europe. “This important investment in our operations will allow us to respond to the growing demand and to better serve the daily operations of our customers in the field with a complete portfolio of high-quality products and total mobility solutions both for trucks and off-the-road machines.”

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