BKT is responding to the need for speciality tyre products in the recycling industry with new sizes. Leading the range expansion are the speciality 300/70 R16.5 Skid Max SR-Skidder and the 405/70 R18 BK-Loader 53. BKT notes the diversity of machinery operating in recycling centres, calling these environments “one of the most difficult and demanding” for tyres. As a result of such highly specific needs, the manufacturer has developed purpose-made products and is as many sizes and variants as possible.
To meet growing demand for mining tyre recycling and recycled rubber products, specifically carbon black and rCB, Kal Tire’s Mining Tire Group and Mitsui & Co. have entered into a joint venture commercialise the Kal Tire thermal conversion recycling facility in Chile from early 2023. Activities there will act as a “foundation” as the venture pursues “opportunities to bring OTR tyre recycling solutions to mining regions around the world.”
Promising a “smooth ride and long service life despite heavy loads and abrasive surfaces,” Continental will debut the new LD-Master L5 Traction radial at the Bauma show in Germany this October. It will initially offer this latest addition to the ContiEarth range for loaders operating on abrasive surfaces in size 35/65 R33. In addition, Continental will present its EM-Master E3/L3 as a 65-series tyre for construction and surface applications at Bauma and also provide a sneak preview of a new solid skid steer tyre.
On 31 August, Guizhou Tyre released its semi-annual report. In the year’s first half, Guizhou Tyre produced 3.7005 million tyres, a year-on-year increase of 3.53 per cent, and sold 3.4447 million tyres, a rise of 1.07 per cent. During the same period, the tyre company’s revenue reached 3.949 billion yuan (about £490 million, 570 million euros), an increase of 13.16 per cent, and achieved a net profit of 160 million yuan (about £19.86 million, 23.12 million euros).
Magna Tyres will unveil two new mining patterns at this October’s Bauma trade fair in Germany. It will present the Magna MU30 for underground mining trucks and wheel loaders and the Magna MA60 articulated dump truck (ADT) tyre. Both will appear on the Magna Tyres stand (A6.425) in Hall 6 of the Messe München complex.
On 4 August 2022, Aeolus announced it was ready to sign a supplementary agreement with China National Tyre & Rubber Co., Ltd (CNRC). Through that agreement, CNRC has entrusted Aeolus with a 38 per cent stake in Prometeon Tyre Group S.r.l. (PTG).
BKT Tyres, as well as Australian businesses Tradefaire International and Macmahon, have developed chain-ready underground mining tyres in what the three companies describe as a world first. The new OTR tyres will be launched in September 2022.
Triangle Tyre presented its recently developed Diamondback PCR range and Triangle-branded commercial tyres with their Italian distributor Sunebo SRL at Autopromotec 2022. Sunebo has been Triangle’s partner in the Italian market for many years, distributing its TBR and OTR tyres. At the Hall 20 booth, Triangle’s new TRD09 truck tyre pattern in the size 295/80R22.5 was most prominently displayed. The range is soon to be extended with new 315/80R22.5 and 315/70R22.5 sizes. The new regional haul tyre features extended mileage and even wear thanks to its optimised tread design and enhanced casing durability.
RH Claydon leveraged its recently formed partnership with prominent construction tyre manufacturer Triangle at Hillhead, the UK’s largest quarrying, construction and recycling exhibition, in Buxton (21-2 June). The companies welcomed jointly visitors to their 70 square metre booth, showcasing a representative sample of Triangle’s broad portfolio of off-the-road specialist tyres.
Guizhou Tyre Vietnam plant’s first-phase project has officially begun operation with an annual output of 1.2 million all-steel radial tyres. This equates to between 2500 and 2800 units and the products are mainly sold to the United States, Europe and other regions that have implemented anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations on Chinese tyres or imposed special tariffs. The tyre maker said that the first-phase project’s production and sales are still in the ramp-up stage.
Midlands-based wholesaler GB Tyres has grown rapidly despite the challenges of lockdown and logistics during the last couple of years. Indeed, GB Tyre’s annual turnover has skyrocketed from £3 million in 2016 to full-year 2022 predictions of £50 million. Considering the company was only established in 2013, it is fair to say the business has grown to become one of the fastest growing importers and exporters of commercial vehicle tyres in Europe. Tyres & Accessories met up with commercial director Graham Hutchinson to find out more.
Bridgestone is looking ahead to an exciting future in the off-the-road tyre sector and has appointed a new area sales manager to ensure the business keeps on making tracks. Jeremy Valentine brings years of tyre industry to the role in the North of England and Scotland, reporting to OTR key accounts manager Rob Cole.
On 14 June 2022 Hou Yugang, chairman of Zaozhuang Mining Group, went to Zhongxing Huitong Tire for research purposes. During his public speech, Hou Yugang affirmed that Zaozhuang Mining Group’s takeover of OTR tyre specialist Huitong had transitioned smoothly following the transfer of equity.
Wheel loaders, articulated dump trucks and graders are typically used on major infrastructure projects that have tough cost and timescale targets. After researching operator requirements, Goodyear has introduced a new tyre for these vehicles, GP-3E. It says the increased the operational versatility of its latest tyre generation makes “tyre choice easy for the operator.”
Netherlands based, family-owned OTR tyre manufacturer Magna Tyres returned to the Tire Cologne show last month with a determined agenda to meet once more with their growing worldwide customer base.
Stephan van Leeuwen, Magna’s sales director (Original Equipment), with additional responsibility for the Italian, UK and Eire markets commented: “We have always considered international tyre shows as a strong priority to meet new companies and obtain new sales leads so being at a ‘live’ show’ once more is a very positive move forward again.”