Michelin has introduced a further brand to its agricultural segment portfolio in North America. In addition to selling Michelin and Kleber tyres as well as Camso tracks and systems, the company has now introduced farm tyres under the BFGoodrich brand name.
Visitors to this week’s LAMMA show are amongst the first to see a new Alliance radial tractor tyre, the Agri Star II. Alliance Tyre Group (ATG) will launch the Agri Star II around the world in the weeks following its LAMMA debut, with 76 SKUs across the 70-s and 85- series available right from the start. This range is expected to cover almost 100 per cent of market requirements.
Cornwall-based tyre specialist Geoffrey Harris Tyres has become the latest UK distributor of Goodyear Farm Tires. The company, which sold Goodyear agricultural tyres from 1968 to 2011, wasted no time renewing that relationship when the famous brand returned to the UK and European markets this year.
Agricultural contractor RM Simpson is to fit Michelin XeoBib tyres across all its tractors. The Bradford farming company specified VF 710/60 R38 and VF 600/60 R28 Michelin XeoBib tyres as original equipment on its John Deere 6930 in 2009. The first set completed 9,500 hours before needing to be replaced, with the second set to last longer.
Alliance tyres – you’ll find them where even mountain goats don’t dare to tread. Together with German distributor Bohnenkamp, ATG has helped its tyres reach new heights by sponsoring an expedition upon the highest active volcano in the world, Ojos del Salado. The expedition team, driving Mercedes-Benz Unimog U5023 trucks fitted with Alliance tyres, reached an altitude of 6,694 metres during their quest to install life-saving solar-powered emergency radio communication systems in high mountain shelters. This feat broke the previous truck and car altitude records.
Ceat may well be the largest agricultural tyre maker you’ve never heard of, but the company is intent on changing this. After concentrating recent efforts upon developing products suited to European conditions and needs, the company is now dedicating its energies to intensively promoting and establishing its agricultural range within the region.
Continental is now offering a warranty of up to ten years on its agricultural tyres in the EMEA region. The warranty applies to all Continental radial agriculture tyres manufactured since 1 August 2017 that bear the ‘Engineered for Efficiency’ logo and have an applicable production code.
Continental has brought out a new tyre pressure and load app for agricultural applications. Called Agriculture TireTech, the iOS and Android app features a Pressure-Load Calculator that gives correct tyre pressures for specific loads and application.
Vredestein has chosen the largest British farm machinery, equipment and service show, LAMMA 2020 (NEC Birmingham, 7/8 January) to introduce the newest addition to its agricultural range, the Traxion 65 tyre, to the UK market.
Vredestein will also show the Traxion XXL tested by independent German test institute DGL (and the test results) together with LAMMA 2019 Innovation Awards ‘Driven Innovation’ winner, the Traxion Optimall.
Bridgestone will show off its pulling power at LAMMA alongside its Firestone brand on 7-8 January 2020. The manufacturer hopes that its dual-brand approach to the agricultural show will double its impact on people visiting the stand, which will feature a multi-V8 modified tractor puller called ‘Aftermath’ on Firestone Puller 2000 tyres centre stage.
The performance of Michelin’s CerexBib 2 has “proven its worth” in helping York crop farmer Wharram and Kay through a difficult, rain-soaked harvest. The framer fit the VF 900/60 R38 CFO+ 193A8/B and VF 620/70 R30 CFO+ 175A8 to its New Holland CR8.90 combine following advice and support from local Michelin account manager Ian Whitwell. The wet weather has had a major impact on productivity throughout large parts of the United Kingdom.
GKN Wheels and Structures report that the company was one of the key partners in JCB’s recent tractor speed record. Following two successful runs at Elvington Airfield in York, the JCB Fastrac broke the world record for a tractor, achieving a peak speed of an incredible 153.771mph and an average of 135.191mph.
Commenting on its agreement in principle to buy a majority stake in European Agriculture Tyre Distributor (EATD), Mahansaria Tyres Private Limited (MTPL) states that it intends to build a global, market leading off-highway tyre business. MTPL describes the acquisition as its first step towards building its distribution network in Europe and developing EATD into “a leading” European distributor. EATD has also announced that it will distribute MTPL tyres in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland, along with continuing to act as a distributor for Tianli tyres.
Michelin has presented a free of charge tyre pressure calculation aid for farmers at this year’s Agritechnica show. The AgroPressure by Michelin service aims to alleviate the tedium of having to manually estimate load and then refer to tables outlining the manufacturer’s recommendation. Michelin says its solution is “connected” and “smooth”.