In addition to news of GRI CEO Dr Mahesha Ranasoma addressing the “Sustainability in Tires” conference in Qingdao, China, GRI is reinforcing its green credentials within the firm’s product line. One example is the Ultimate Green XT tyre, which, according to GRI, represents not just a tyre but a commitment to environmental responsibility.
GRI CEO, Dr Mahesha Ranasoma, was addressed delegates at the Smithers conference on “Sustainability in Tires” in Shanghai, China. Dr Ranasoma delivered a presentation entitled “The Green Revolution of the Tire Industry: A Deep Dive into ESG Integration,” drawing the attention of industry leaders in attendance. He highlighted GRI’s role in developing sustainable Specialty Tires and green practices, emphasizing the company’s commitment to advancing environmentally conscious solutions.
GRI has appointed Luca Pini as the company’s OEM lead in Europe. According to the company, Pini will play a pivotal role in driving GRI’s growth and expansion in the European Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) market.
GRI has debuted a non-marking cross-ply tyre for skid steer machines. The GRI XPT SS is a grey-coloured tyre with a three-step lug design that, according to the manufacturer, provides superior stability, strength, and traction.
Off-highway tyre specialist GRI has acquired Hungary-based tyre distributor ATRA Kecskemet, a company reported to hold a more than 50 per cent market share in the country’s material handling and construction tyre markets. The acquisition includes eight ATRA branches across Hungary and brings the firm’s 50-strong workforce into the GRI fold.
GRI’s recently launched Green XLR Earth Series has been undergoing field testing in Germany for the last 6 months. The manufacturer also refers to testing in “other European countries”. According to the company, the tyres contain 78.6 per cent sustainable material, including pure natural rubber sustainably sourced from Sri Lankan rubber farmers. Other input materials include: recycled carbon black, reclaimed rubber, highly dispersible silica, soybean oil and bio-sourced cellulose fibres. The use of bio-sourced soybean oil, combined with next-generation HD Silica, reportedly improves fuel economy and extends tyre life.
Giorgio Gramegna is GRI’s new director for Europe and in this capacity will lead the specialty tyre manufacturer’s efforts to grow its business within the region. He is joined by Simon Michael, who GRI has named director for MEA & South America. GRI says that these appointments “signal the company’s commitment to being close to and serving customers in those regions.
Eight further sizes have joined the GRI agricultural and construction tyre portfolios, with new dimensions available in the Green XLR Earth 70, Green XLR 85 and Green XLR 70 tractor radial and XPT+ Skid Steer construction ranges.
Five new dimensions have joined the GRI agricultural tyre portfolio. Farmers in the UK and elsewhere will soon have an additional four Green EX RT100 sizes to choose from and one further Green EX FL800 size.
GRI shares that tyres within its portfolio which are used on public roads now incorporate the DOT code on the sidewall, signifying their compliance with applicable Federal Motor Vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) in the USA. This DOT code’s addition follows accreditation of the tyre maker’s plants in Sri Lanka by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an agency of the US Department of Transportation (DOT).
Reflecting on the year that was 2022, GRI’s Dr Mahesha Ranasoma comments that the company “made significant strides in building its GreenLeadership credentials” during the year. The chief executive officer adds that the off-highway tyre specialist “weathered the storms and the impact of the global economic downturn” during 2022, continuing to “remain resilient throughout the year.”
GRI has acquired Klumpenaar Industriebanden BV in the Netherlands, the company’s fifth global acquisition in five years. Prior to the Klumpenaar purchase, GRI acquired entities in USA, Australia, Spain and the Baltics, to capture growth in those respective markets.
GRI is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Connor as director of sales for its US operations. In his new role, Connor will oversee GRI’s sales, marketing, operations and customer service efforts in North America, covering its Material Handling, Agriculture and Construction product portfolios.
Amongst the new product launches at the SIMA 2022 exhibition is the GRI Green XLR Earth 65+, an agricultural tyre produced with 37.5 per cent sustainable materials. Following its debut at the Paris show between 6 and 10 November, GRI will bring the new range to market in early 2023.