The Chinese-manufactured Aeolus range of truck tyres first appeared on European markets in 2004, since when they have gained a reputation as a value-for-money product. Research and Development is on-going and the range has been enhanced by the introduction of new radial profiles on existing tyres and the addition of ten new tyres to the range.
OTR tyre wholesale specialist Heuver Banden has spent 7 million euros on a new 12,000 square-metre warehouse, more than doubling its existing 4500 square-metre space. Construction of the new site, at Hadenberg in Holland, got underway in December 2005 and is expected to be completed in the spring in time for operations to begin in May.
Although there is a world wide shortage of earthmover tyres, Heuver Banden has managed to supply its customers with either new EM tyres or retreads of its private brand “Maxfield”. In the event that these sources cannot satisfy demand, the company can also supply used EM tyres. “By means of our many good contacts on the market we are able to buy big quantities of EM tyres and sell them ex stock,” the Dutch wholesaler based in Den Ham writes. “If we haven’t got the right tread then, it is almost always possible to offer an alternative.” The global scarcity of new EM tyres has mainly been caused by enormous demand from China. This in turn obviously increases the demand for retreaded earthmover tyres considerably. And this is where Heuver Banden’s private brand Maxfield is said to pay off. Maxfield tyres are “retreaded EM tyres in OEM quality.” All Maxfield tyres come with a two-year guarantee and are available in almost all major sizes. Casings for the production of Maxfield tyres are bought internationally, according to the company.