Goodyear brand Sava has launched a new all-season tyre with fitments between 14 and 18 inches. The Sava All Weather is designed for versatile performance in varied road conditions. It carries the Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol (3PMSF), certifying its winter performance. The tyre is the latest all-season product from parent company Goodyear, whose 2020 launched Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 was recently named both the All-Season Tyre of the Year and overall Tyre of the Year by Tyrepress sister site WhatTyre.com. The Sava All-Weather features a similar V-shaped tread design to its premium stablemate, with a range of technologies designed to improve life and fuel efficiency as well as all-season capabilities.
Goodyear announced that it will expand its manufacturing facility in Slovenia to meet the growing demand for premium tyres in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The plant, in Kranj, will be expanded to house new tyre building machinery intended to increase its capacity by a quarter, creating more than 150 new jobs, and reaching full capacity by 2021.
A new SUV tyre has joined the Sava range. The Eskimo SUV 2 gives the Goodyear brand a tyre that is “specifically designed to provide exceptional snow handling and optimised braking for SUVs.” Goodyear states that it offers “peace of mind for Europe’s harsher winters.” The Eskimo SUV 2 is available in five sizes for 17 and 18-inch rim diameters.
ETRMA Europool figures show that the market for ultra-high performance tyres has grown steadily over the past five years, and in 2015 these products accounted for 18 per cent of all aftermarket summer tyre sales in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region. Goodyear aims to cover demand for UHP tyres here in the upper budget segment with a new range from its Sava brand, the Intensa UHP 2.
A new, higher load capacity HGV trailer tyre has joined the Sava portfolio. The new size 385/65R22.5 Sava Cargo 4 HL has a 5,000 kilogramme load capacity that allows for 10 tonne axle loads. The tyre has a load rating of 164K/158L and comes with a EU tyre label rating of ‘C’ for wet grip, ‘B’ for fuel efficiency and, at 69 dB, a single soundwave. The retreadable and regroovable Cargo 4 HL is M+S marked and features a tread with six wide ribs and zigzag pattern grooves.
Goodyear’s European truck tyre portfolio has been enlarged with the introduction of drive and steer tyres into its Sava and Fulda brands. The new Sava products are the Avant 4Plus steer and Orjak 4Plus drive tyres, while the corresponding Fulda tyres are the steer axle Ecocontrol 2+ and the Ecoforce 2+ drive tyre.
The Goodyear Dunlop Sava Tires plant has received the respected Ford Q1 certification. The Ford Q1 certification acknowledges supplier facilities or manufacturing sites which have achieved excellence in a range of important criteria including capable systems, high performance, superior manufacturing process, and satisfied customers. The Q1 mark is considered worldwide as an indication of exceptional quality.
Sava Tyres is increasing the number of truck tyre tyre sizes it offers, aiming them at giving “cost-conscious operators a greater choice”. Five new truck tyres are added to the latest generation of the Avant 4 steer, Orjak 4 drive and Cargo 4 trailer tyre ranges, covering increasingly popular low aspect ratio sizes.
In its annual winter tyre performance survey, German motoring publication AutoBild narrows a wide field of 49 winter tyres and two all-season tyres with wet and snow braking measurements before conducting a full test of a range of characteristics. 19 tyres made it through to the 2015/16 season test, conducted using the tyre size 185/60 R15.
Sava has added five additional, popular size options to its truck tyre portfolio in order to meet increasing demand for low aspect ratio truck tyres. The new fitments are the Avant 4 steer axle tyre and Orjak 4 drive axle tyre in sizes 295/60 R 22.5 and 315/60 R 22.5, along with the Cargo 4 trailer tyre in size 385/55 R 22.5. The five tyres were developed for vehicles engaged in local, long-haul and distribution transport, and all are M+S marked.
Following the completion of a period of transition, and with market volumes on the up, Goodyear Dunlop is aggressively pursuing sales growth, including winning some of the biggest fleets in the UK. Tyrepress spoke about the company’s expansion strategy with Goodyear UK and Ireland commercial director, Marc Preedy at the end of August.
Ask many Subaru owners if they’re familiar with Fuji Heavy Industries and you’ll receive a negative response, even though one of the company’s products is parked in the driveway. Czech Republic-based tyre maker Mitas has faced a similar situation in recent years. Even though the off-road specialist’s share of the European agricultural tyre market (not counting imports from outside Europe) is said to be around 35 per cent, recognition of the Mitas name doesn’t necessarily reflect this. The company now intends to change this state of affairs, and the percentage of tyres it produces under the Mitas brand name is set to markedly increase over the coming five years.
At the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, which opens to the media today ahead of its public opening on 7 November, the newly-created Mitas Moto business unit will introduce itself to the world. The new business unit will also introduce its first product, the Sport Force radial for sport, naked and touring bikes.
Mitas has entered the motorcycle radial business with the global launch of the Sport Force. The new tyre is manufactured in Slovenia by Savatech, the former Sava rubber manufacturing division acquired by Mitas’ parent company CGS Holdings in October 2012. Sport Force is a sport and touring range that is initially available in three front and five rear sizes.
Goodyear Dunlop Sava Tires has appointed Jože Stružnik its new sales director. Stružnik began in his new role on 8 July and primarily focuses on consolidating the tyre maker’s position as a leading tyre supplier to its Slovenian home market and nine further countries in the Balkan region. He replaces Tomaž Lanišek, who has left the tyre maker to take on the role of chief executive at Knauf Insulation’s Slovenian operation.