Even if you aren’t familiar with the name Kabat Tyre, chances are that you’ve owned or used products that have a Kabat connection. This is because the Polish company isn’t just the largest manufacturer of inner tubes in Europe and a manufacturer of tyres for the off-highway segment – it also supplies rubber compound to big-name tyre makers.
Maxam Tire has brought its EcoPoint3 technology to the material handling sector with the introduction of the MS600 press-on solid tyre. The Sailun Group specialty tyre business considers the use of this new rubber compounding technology a transformative step that provides an “unrivalled solution” for users of forklift tyres.
Construction companies are increasingly considering the environmental impact of their operations and this includes their machinery choices. Legislation has driven the development of clean engines – in the off-highway sector new machines must now be built with Stage V low emission engines. Of course, battery power is also now becoming more prominent as a power source for smaller plant and equipment. So, what about tyres?
Green has long been a byword for environmental awareness, and to ensure nobody doubts the credentials of its latest product, GRI Tires is offering the new Ultimate Green XT in this particular colour. The company says the tyre is its “most environmentally-friendly” product so far.
Sri Lanka based tyre manufacturer GRI has designed and developed a special material handling solid tyre to operate indoors and outdoors snowy terrain. The manufacturer said the Peakmaster Snow reflects the company’s “innovation and engineering ingenuity,” developed to meet special customer needs and specifications. The solid tyre combines an innovative design and an advanced construction for performance in winter weather, including snow. GRI developed samples with special compounds to function in sub-zero temperatures, testing the resulting solid tyres in specific regions over a complete winter season. It says the tyre “proved its vitality and utility for material handling customers.”
Continental Commercial Specialty Tires is repositioning itself in the industrial solid tyre segment by clearly defining the role each of its three brands play. Going forwards, the Continental brand will serve as its range of premium solid tyres, General Tire will provide a home to the company’s medium intensity portfolio, and it will sell solid tyres for low intensity use under the Barum brand name.
GRI Tires reports that the second phase expansion of its new production facility, which began in January 2021, is progressing well despite the challenges posed by the current lockdown in Sri Lanka. It is building the new and advanced specialty tyre manufacturing plant next to the current facility with a total investment of US$100 million.
Yokohama Off-Highway Tires has introduced a new non-pneumatic solid tyre for wheel loaders. It says this latest addition to its portfolio, the Galaxy LHD 510 SDS, “opens a new chapter in terms of performance, traction and lasting tyre life.”
Sri Lankan tyre maker GRI Tires strives to be a responsible company that always recognises the importance of giving back to the country and its people, especially in times of need. Managing director Prabhash Subasinghe states that it “is ingrained in our DNA as an organisation to give back to society.”
Trelleborg Wheel Systems has expanded its Brawler HPS (High Performance Solid) Telehandler Tire range to include the Comfort line, which offers tyres engineered to reduce vibration and improve the driving experience of telehandlers and compact wheel loaders in waste and recycling applications. The manufacturer says this new line of solid tyres maximises ride comfort, while delivering the best possible performance in demanding environments.
Specialty tyre manufacturer GRI is adding a new mixing facility in the Mirigama Export Processing Zone (MEPZ) in Sri Lanka. The new mixing facility will have capacity to produce 200 tonnes day, up from the current capacity of 50 – 60 metric tonnes a day, and is being interpreted as a pre-cursor to increased tyre output.
Trelleborg Wheel Systems has launched the PS1000 material handling tyre. The manufacturer calls the tyre a next-generation, superior-quality, press-on solid forklift tyre. It incorporates TWS’s Pit Stop Line innovation, specialised compounds, and a new design to guarantee uptime, efficiency and safety for operators while reducing total cost of ownership and environmental impact.
Speciality tyre manufacturer Maxam Tire has opened a new advanced and automated solid tyre production facility. It said the new facility represents “a major commitment to the speciality solid tyre segment.” Maxam added that the plant is “strategically aligned to better serve today’s market demands through compound advancement and automated technology.” Sources within the Sailun Group told Tyres & Accessories that the factory is located in Vietnam.
Glamorgan OTR tyre supplier Tyre Boss has invested in a 250 tonne static tyre press. The high capacity press, which is over 3m tall, can be used to press tyres from 5.00-8 solids to 24.00-35 solids. This means the company can handle the full range of pneumatic, solid and specialist tyres supplied by Tyre Boss for every make and size of off-highway machinery. The new tyre press is the latest investment for the Welsh company. It opened a second warehouse earlier in the year, having moved into new premises in 2019.
Glamorgan-based solid and speciality OTR tyre specialist Tyre Boss has opened a second warehouse, coming quickly after it moved into new premises in 2019. Located close to the company’s headquarters, which brought disparate operations under one roof, further growth has led the company to open the second unit more than doubling the size of the space occupied by Tyre Boss. The new warehouse is only 100m away from existing operations, located on the same industrial estate, and will mainly be used for stocking the variety of tyre types distributed by the company, including the most popular TY Cushion models particularly suited to the waste and recycling sector. Tyre pressing and stocking, and rim and wheel maintenance and servicing remain in the original facility, along with all administrative duties.