Nizhnekamskshina plant begins pilot production of Kama ATV tyres
Russia’s Tatneft Group is gearing up to offer ATV tyres under its Kama tyre brand. The company announced this week that its Nizhnekamskshina factory has commenced production of an experimental size 25×8-12 tyre, the Kama Quadro ATM, and intends to begin volume manufacture before the end of this year.
Tatneft carried out development work for this new tyre line for ATVs and other four-wheelers at the Kama Scientific and Technical Center. The team at this facility applied the latest digital technologies, developing and testing a virtual twin of the tyre prior to actual production, and also benchmarked the product with tyres from market leaders.
According to the manufacturer, the Kama Quadro ATM’s tread pattern is specifically designed for off-road driving and provides “excellent cross-country ability in mud and snow, as well as the ease of using in the field conditions.” Tatneft adds that the design and special composition of the rubber compound guarantee high reliability, and the increased level of self-cleaning of the tyre has a positive effect on traction performance.
Testing before series production
The prototype will now complete a programme of bench and road tests for reliability before entering series production. Various Tatneft subsidiaries that operate off-road vehicles will pilot test the first batch of tyres.
The tyre maker is currently developing nine Kama Quadro ATM sizes for 12- to 14-inch rims and intends to complete the range with a further nine sizes over the coming year. The plan is to begin production late in 2021 in two standard sizes. As ATVs are typically fitted with two tyre sizes, the factory will begin to production of a 25×10 tyre for the rear axle in addition to aforementioned Kama Quadro ATM 25×8 front axle tyre.
Tatneft plans to produce over 30 thousand tyres per year. The tyres will be fitted to Tatneft Group all-terrain vehicles used in oil fields and will also be supplied to both Russian ATV manufacturers as original equipment and sold in the aftermarket.