It’s about a decade since we first saw CupWheel airless tyre technology. We knew it then as Mitas PneuTrac, unaware at the time of Israeli firm Galileo and its novel product. Galileo was founded in 2011 by Alon Hayka and CupWheel inventor Avishay Novoplanski. Over the years the company has brought a growing range to market under its own name and returned to Agritechnica this month to present its latest products.
Our visit to the Tianli stand at Agritechnica 2023 was poorly timed, but no language barrier can stop us from appreciating a new tyre. The ZC Rubber brand brought two to the show, Agri King and Land Care, which it displayed alongside other products from the wide Tianli range.
When we wrote about Ceat Specialty following the Agritechnica show in 2019, we described the firm as being perhaps “the largest agricultural tyre maker you’ve never heard of.” Four years is a long time, and Ceat Specialty now not only offers a much bigger range, the chances of being unfamiliar with the brand have greatly diminished. To find out more about today’s Ceat Specialty and its growing product range, we met with chief executive Amit Tolani at Agritechnica 2023.
Independent German test institute DLG has approved the soil preservation and fuel saving characteristics of Apollo Tyres’ new Vredestein VF Flotation Optimall tyre in size VF 750/60R30.5. During the field tests, the Vredestein VF Flotation Optimall achieved a ground pressure that was 25 per cent lower than the other VF competitor tyres tested. It also featured the largest contact surface in its class. Compared to the budget VF tyres in the test, the Vredestein tyre achieved no less than 50 per cent less soil pressure.
Agricultural machinery manufacturer AGCO has chosen the Vredestein VF Traxion Optimall as original equipment for its new range of Fendt 700 Gen7 tractors. Effective immediately, tractor buyers can order the Fendt Vario 720, 722, 724, 726 and 728 with the Traxion Optimall in the rear wheel size VF 710/70 R 42 and front wheel size VF 600/70 R 30. Additional sizes will be offered in the near future, fulfilling growing customer demand for Vredestein Traxion tyres on Fendt tractors.
Flexforce VF is a new technology from Nokian Tyres, and don’t worry if you haven’t heard of it yet. The tyre maker is about to bring this technology to market and intends to debut two tyres featuring Flexforce VF at the Agritechnica show in November.
Kirkby Tyres collaborated with leading agronomists Agrovista earlier in the year, attending its Lamport AgX open day on 3-5 July with its Gallileo CupWheel technology. Lamport AgX is a major resource that looks at many aspects of soil health, including demonstrations and trials. The open day presented an opportunity to meet with farmers and introduce the innovative technology, whilst answering questions from attendees.
Mitas kicks off the Mitas Eurocup Series 2023 as official sponsor. The season features nine competitions starting in Germany this April and ending with the crowning of the Mitas European Championship in Denmark in September.
Superlative aficionados will be delighted to learn that Yokohama Off-Highway Tires’ (YOHT) has launched its “largest tractor tyre to date.” This addition to YOHT’s flagship Alliance line-up is one of two recent additions to the Agriflex+ 372 radial range for tractors and harvesters, a VF750/75R46 fitment suited to the “absolute largest tractors and machines.”
Apollo Tyres has bolstered its Vredestein agricultural tyre range with a further six sizes of the Traxion Optimall VF. The new additions focus on bringing the tyre to powerful tractors of 160hp and above. The Traxion Optimall series boasts good self-cleaning properties, grip, comfort and a long tyre life, the manufacturer states. The six new sizes are: VF750/70R44, VF900/50R42, VF650/65R38, VF650/60R38, VF710/55R30 and VF540/65R28.
Six well-known tyre manufacturers have teamed up to provide their customers with easier access to agricultural tyre pressure indications. Information from Apollo Tyres, Bridgestone, Continental, Michelin, Nokian Tyres and Trelleborg Wheel Systems is now available in a single app, Agro Tyre Pressure. Swiss firm Anura Associates developed the app for the tyre makers.
CNH Industrial has approved Ceat Specialty to supply agricultural radials for farming equipment manufactured in Brazil and Argentina, and this new relationship commences with shipments of Ceat Farmax tyres for fitment on Case IH and New Holland tractors. Ceat Specialty shares that the agreement followed the OEM engaging in “several rounds of assessment and audits” relating to Ceat’s radial tyre plant in Mumbai, India.
Trelleborg TM900 High Power is the tyre of choice for the Magnum Black limited-edition tractor which Case IH created to celebrate 20 years of the line’s production in Brazil. The agricultural equipment manufacturer launched the tractor this week during the Show Rural agricultural exhibition in Brazil. Magnum Black wears TM900 High Power tyres in 600/70R30 at the front and 800/70R38 at the rear.
Five new dimensions have joined the GRI agricultural tyre portfolio. Farmers in the UK and elsewhere will soon have an additional four Green EX RT100 sizes to choose from and one further Green EX FL800 size.