Conditions encountered when working in ports operations pose particular challenges to tyres. They need to cope with significant variations in load weights, extremely tight turning circles, long periods of vehicle inactivity and sustained exposure to ultraviolet light. For this reason, Continental offers a wide range of tailor-made solutions for portside fleet operators, with pneumatic and solid tyres available for all types of vehicles used in port logistics. Crane manufacturer Kuenz has selected the Continental CraneMaster as the original equipment tyre for its new Freerider rubber tyred gantry (RTG) crane.
It recently upgraded its V.ply port tyre line with the introduction of Port Plus, a compound designed to reduce heat generation and abrasion. Now Continental has announced plans to complete its port tyre portfolio next year with the summer 2019 launch of new radial products.
Continental has become the exclusive tyre fitment on Toyota Material Handling’s flagship electric counterbalanced forklift truck range. All Toyota Traigo 80 forklift trucks ordered since 1 April 2018 come fitted with the Continental SC20+ solid tyre as standard.
A new compound has been developed for Continental tyres that will see use in harbourside applications. Continental calls this compound Port Plus, and reports that it reduces tyre heat generation, minimises wear and extends tyre life significantly. The Port Plus compound will premiere at TOC Europe in Rotterdam next month.
The rollout of a new Continental solid tyre range for industrial trucks began last month. This new line-up is available in four versions – SC20+, CS20+, CSEasy SC20+ and SH12+ – and all come with Continental’s new ‘Plus’ compound, which is said to combine the advantages of high mileage with low rolling resistance. Continental states it is also streamlining its solid tyre range, bringing benefits to customers with a more transparent, simplified choice of products.