Trelleborg Wheel Systems is implementing new environmental measures at its facilities in China. These measures are linked to the country’s “three-year action plan for Blue Sky protection” to reduce air pollution, as per the 2016 Paris Agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
White is the new black for Massey Ferguson and Trelleborg Wheel Systems. The tyre maker has kitted out Massey Ferguson’s MF Next Concept tractor with a special version of its Trelleborg TM1000 Progressive Traction. These concept tyres were manufactured using a white compound that contains absolutely no carbon. The TM1000 tyres are mounted on advanced extra light rims integrated with CTIS+ Inside, the central tyre inflation pressure system Trelleborg has co-developed with Dana.
Trelleborg Wheel Systems and Dana Incorporated have jointly developed a revolutionary Central Tire Inflation (CTIS) system for the agricultural machinery industry. The concept of the new CTIS system will be displayed at Agritechnica 2019 next month. Named CTIS+ Inside, the full OEM integrated central pressure control system will enable tractor drivers to inflate or deflate tyre pressures directly from the tractor cabin.
A full reengineering of steam generation equipment at the Trelleborg Wheel Systems plant in Sri Lanka will improve the facility’s environmental footprint as well as its production efficiency. Trelleborg is installing a new biomass boiler at the production site in Makola, near Colombo; it reports that work on this “major investment” has already begun, and the new process will be fully operational from June 2019.
On 29 June 2018, Trelleborg inaugurated its new European logistics hub for material handling and construction tires and its new Benelux commercial office in Evergem, Belgium. The new premises consist of a 10,000 square metre warehouse along with offices to house the Benelux commercial office for Trelleborg Wheels Systems. Holding more than 70,000 tyres in stock, Trelleborg Wheel Systems can serve its European warehouses and key customers in the region from this facility on a JIT basis.
Trelleborg Wheel Systems has finalised its acquisition of New Zealand’s TRS Tyre & Wheel Ltd from automotive market company Bapcor Limited. TRS Tyre & Wheel distributes agricultural, material handling and construction tyres throughout New Zealand, specialising in the provision of tyres and complete wheels for tyre and tractor dealers.
The Trelleborg Group has appointed Paolo Pompei as the new business area president of Trelleborg Wheel Systems as of 1 April, 2017. He will succeed Maurizio Vischi, who is retiring. Like his predecessor, Paolo will be a member of Trelleborg Group Management. Pompei, born in 1971, has worked at Trelleborg Wheel Systems in various management positions since 1999, and for the past number of years has been in charge of the global operations of agricultural tyres.
Last June, Sweden’s Trelleborg AB finalised its acquisition of Mitas parent company CGS Holding. At the time, Trelleborg chief executive officer and president Peter Nilsson stated the intention to integrate Mitas into the Trelleborg Wheel Systems business unit. Tyres & Accessories asked what is changing, and what will remain the same, for the Mitas brand.
The ‘2 in 1’ tyre from Michelin wasn’t the only tyre innovation honoured at yesterday’s 2017 SIMA Innovation Awards. Trelleborg Wheel Systems also walked away with a gold medal for its soon to be released Variable Inflation Pressure, or VIPTM, system.
On 27 January, Trelleborg held a ceremony to inaugurate its first agricultural radial tyre factory in the USA. The official opening followed the start of production at the facility late last year. Production at the US$50 million, 430,000 square foot (40,000 square metre) factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina will be gradually ramped up, with all manufacturing equipment expected to be installed by 2018. Trelleborg anticipates that the project will have created around 150 jobs by this time.
Towards the end of last year, ‘Tractor Girl’ Manon Ossevoort drove a Trelleborg-shod Massey Ferguson MF 5610 tractor across Antarctica to the South Pole. The agricultural equipment manufacturer is celebrating this chilly 3,000 mile round trip with the release of a new limited release product – the MF 5610 Antarctica2 Special Edition tractor. And Trelleborg is once again on board, this time as exclusive fitment for the ‘Antarctica2 Special Edition’ line.
Trelleborg has been named as the official partner of AGCO’s Future Farm project. Launched with a ceremony in Lusaka in Zambia, on 27 May, AGCO’s Future Farm aims to develop a sustainable food production system and increase farming output by utilising Africa’s agricultural resources more effectively.
The agricultural tyre market appears particularly well suited towards specialised manufacturers; Trelleborg Wheel Systems acquired Pirelli’s agricultural business in 1999, with the branding switched between 2006 and 2010. Since acquiring various technologies from Pirelli, the Trelleborg Group has invested heavily in order to make its tyre and wheel operation a premium brand player in the agricultural and forestry tyre market. The Tivoli facility, with its buildings showing a manufacturing history dating back to the 1940s, but also incorporating the latest agricultural tyre building machinery, represents “a history full of innovation for farming professionals,” in president of the Agricultural and Forestry Tyres business unit, Paolo Pompei’s words.