Continental has released a new combine harvester tyre, its first with a single filament bead core. In order to make the tyre safer and reduce slippage on the wheel, the manufacturer has designed a new bead construction for the the CombineMaster. In addition to road safety, reducing slippage also helps to reduce soil compaction – one of the most important considerations for agricultural tyre suppliers. By reducing compaction, the new tyre helps to protect the fissures in the soil that promote healthy growth. This increases the yield potential in the field. The tyre is the latest in Conti’s line of “Master” agricultural products. Conti has recently developed its agricultural tyre business with a 10-year guarantee and very high flexion (VF) fitment options.
Giti has launched a new strategic initiative for its commercial tyre business at Reifen 2016, which will see the manufacturer replace its GT Radial branded truck and bus products in Europe by the end of 2017. The manufacturer’s European representatives told Tyrepress that a mixture of new products – led by the Giti GDR655 regional drive axle and Giti GAM851 mixed-service steer and trailer tyres, both of which have been launched at Reifen – and relabeled existing products would make up the Giti CV tyre range, commencing immediately. The GT Assist network would be moved to Giti branding “at the appropriate time”, UK managing director Brian McDermott told Tyrepress. Meanwhile Giti will continue to market new GT Radial passenger car tyres with the “A Product of Giti” badge on the sidewall, first seen on the UHP flagship GT Radial SportActive tyre, representatives told Tyrepress. There are currently “no plans to replace the GT Radial brand” in consumer focused products, they added.
Giti Tire has appointed Richard Hutchins to the newly created position of senior product marketing manager – Europe for its Truck and Bus Division (TBR). The manufacturer said that Hutchins will be instrumental in new product developments and implementation of TBR tyres into OE and replacement markets. He will also contribute to product strategy, including technical, competitor, pricing and market analysis.