AGCO Corporation’s Fendt brand has granted Mitas an ‘A’ rating for its original equipment supply to the Fendt tractor plant in Marktoberdorf, Germany. The company has delivered Mitas Premium tyres to the factory since January 2015, the new brand serving as a substitute for the Continental agricultural tyres it previously shipped. In giving its rating, AGCO evaluated supplier quality, logistics, customer service and environmental protection – Mitas received the highest grade in all categories.
Starting next January, Mitas a.s. will begin to roll out the Mitas Premium line in the agricultural tyre aftermarket. This focus on Mitas Premium has resulted in the discontinuation of the Mitas RD range, however these tyres will remain in production. The Mitas RD line-up will be transferred to the Cultor portfolio; the range will be known as Cultor RD and will be the first agricultural radial products sold under the Cultor brand name.
Following its original equipment launch in 2015, Mitas Premium will replace the Continental brand for rear radial agricultural tyres on the replacement market in January 2016. Mitas Premium tyres will be gradually phased in worldwide for purchase from local Mitas dealers. The manufacturer added that Mitas Premium tyres bear the same technical specifications as Continental agri tyres, which Mitas has manufactured under license since 2004.
Mitas will have its own physical sales presence in Australia before the end of this year following the company’s acquisition of local Mitas tyre importer and distributor, Mityre Australia Pty Ltd. The deal will come into effect in the fourth quarter of 2015.
The Mitas range of very high flexion, or VF tyres has been enlarged through the introduction of the HC 3000 in size 710/70R42. The harvester tyre was released in the market last month and offers the advantages of higher maximum load capacity and lower inflation pressure during cycling field operation than standard tyres.
Mitas Premium is the brand name recently Mitas adopted for the tyres it supplied to agricultural machinery manufacturers for original equipment fitment, and the Czech Republic-based tyre maker says Mitas Premium’s share of its total output is growing. Mitas Premium accounted for 80 per cent of rear radial sales (in tonnes) in the three months following the start of deliveries in January 2015, and Mitas expects this percentage to further rise during the year.
Mitas unveiled the newest addition to its family of ERL-30 earth-moving tyres at France’s Intermat show. The new 29.5R25 ERL-30 tyre will be available for worldwide sales early in June 2015. ERL tyres are used on loaders, dozers and graders in mining operations. The all-steel radial construction of Mitas 29.5R25 ERL-30 tyre is particularly designed for large wheel loaders such as Liebherr L 586 and Caterpillar 980. The Mitas ERL series features 12 various tyres of 28 to 90 mm tread depth.
Mitas will unveil the newest addition to its family of ERL-30 earth-moving tyres at France’s Intermat show. The new 29.5R25 ERL-30 tyre will be available for worldwide sales early in June 2015. ERL tyres are used on loaders, dozers and graders in mining operations. The all-steel radial construction of Mitas 29.5R25 ERL-30 tyre is particularly designed for large wheel loaders such as Liebherr L 586 and Caterpillar 980. The Mitas ERL series features 12 various tyres of 28 to 90 mm tread depth.
A total of three Mitas CR-01 crane tyre sizes are now available following the introduction of two additional fitments. The new tyres will be on display at the Intermat exhibition in Paris from 20 to 25 April (stand E051, hall 5a), and Andrew Mabin, Mitas’ marketing and sales director, confirms that “new sizes of CR-01 crane tyres are now ready for shipment to our customers.” The new CR-01 sizes are 385/95R25 CR-01 170F TL and 525/80R25 CR-01 176F TL. These tyres are respectively designed for speeds of up to 80 km/h (50 mph) and 90 km/h (56 mph).
Mitas has launched a “slick” agricultural tyre designed for use in the niche sport of tractor-pulling. The Powerpull 30.5L-32 is manufactured without a tread pattern, allowing the competitor to create the winning tread design. Its bias-ply construction and manufacture is based on a process similar to that of the Mitas’ high-horsepower tractor tyres, which the Czech company says will guarantee endurance and durability.
Following on from the development of 18 and 38-inch versions of its PneuTrac, Mitas has now produced a 28-version of the tyre/track hybrid tyre technology it is working on. This week the new size is on display at the SIMA agri business fair in Paris. The tyre maker has mounted the 480/65 R28 PneuTrac on the front axle of a Case IH Maxxum tractor, paired with a size 600/65 R38 PneuTrac; this can be viewed in Hall 3, on stand E016. The previously-released PneuTrac 280/70 R18 and 600/65 R38 are currently undergoing intensive dynamic tests.
We’ve mentioned in the past that while most farmers and agricultural machinery operators know the tyres Mitas produces, the Mitas name itself often flies under the radar. But the Czech Republic-based tyre maker is doing everything in its power to change this, and as a result the industry has heard the Mitas name a lot of late. Not only has the company released details of its PneuTrac technology (see the May 2014 issue of Tyres & Accessories for more on this) and trials using alternative sources of rubber, it has launched a programme to ensure the agricultural segment realises that the Continental agricultural tyres manufactured and sold over the last decade are in fact Mitas products, and in future will be known as such.
Following its announcement in November that it would soon begin substituting the Continental brand name for Mitas Premium on its European market original equipment agricultural tyres, Mitas shares that the process began in January. Agricultural tyres included in the Mitas Premium product line are those designed for high-horsepower machines, including Very High Flexion (VF) and Super Flexion Tyres (SFT).
Continental, Apollo Vredestein and Bridgestone have all expressed interest in using dandelion-sourced rubber as a substitute for Hevea brasiliensis rubber in tyre production. Now Mitas has indicated its intention to evaluate the suitability of dandelion rubber for use in the manufacture of agricultural tyres. The company will use rubber extracted from Taraxacum koksaghyz (Kazakh dandelion) and aims to produce the first prototype tyre some time in 2015. This plan complements Mitas’ involvement in the Drive4EU project, which is researching the possibilities of using rubber from the Kazakh dandelion.
With Mitas Premium set to begin replacing the Continental brand name on agricultural tyres shipped to original equipment customers at the start of 2015, manufacturer Mitas has launched a key part of this line-up. The Czech Republic-based tyre maker has begun selling its Very High Flexion (VF) tyres – produced in its Otrokovice plant and in Charles City, Iowa (USA) – in global markets. For high-horsepower tractors, Mitas has released the VF 380/95R38 HC 2000 and VF 480/95R50 HC 2000. For sprayer applications Mitas has unveiled the VF 380/90R46 HC 1000. Further HC 2000 sizes, namely the VF 600/70R30 and VF 710/70R42, will follow shortly.