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NEW TRAINING CENTER FOR TECH INTERNATIONAL CURRICULUM

June 23, 2014

JOHNSTOWN, Ohio—”Teach Each Customer How.” That Tech International tagline is staying in line with the company’s mission, highlighted by the opening of a new training facility at its Johnstown headquarters. The new facility, at 3,000 square feet, nearly doubles the size of the old training center located next door.

“We’ve got a lot of open area, which is good for working on these larger tires…. You can move them around and spread out,” said Billy Johnson, technical trainer at Tech International. In the old facility, it would be cramped working on the OTR tire repairs and students would be working on top of each other. “This facility is really a big step for the training programs we offer here,” he told Tire Business during a recent tour of the new center. Read More

ELKO-AREA MINES STILL THRIVING DESPITE CONTINUED SLIDE IN GOLD PRICES

June 21, 2014

A $30 million shovel at the Cortez Mine loads a bucket of dirt into a two-story tall dump truck in one of two open pit operations at the site 70 miles southwest of Elko. (Sean Whaley/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

A $30 million shovel at the Cortez Mine loads a bucket of dirt into a two-story tall dump truck in one of two open pit operations at the site 70 miles southwest of Elko. (Sean Whaley/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

ELKO — Nevada’s mining industry might be taking a hit right now because of low gold prices, but walk through this city on any weekday about 6 a.m. and you wouldn’t know it.

Workers in pickups and mining rigs, most of them with the ubiquitous red warning flags called buggy whips, crowd Idaho Street, the main drag. Long lines of traffic roll in from the residential areas south of town along the Lamoille Highway as locals head to the mines for another workday.

Gold prices have plunged over the past 18 months, dropping from a high of about $1,800 an ounce in 2012 to about $1,315 Friday, but don’t tell the people of this mining-centric town in northeastern Nevada.Read More

CHINA MINING PULLBACK HITS CATERPILLAR’S ASIA SALES

June 20, 2014

China Mining Pullback Hits Caterpillar's Asia Sales

Caterpillar construction machines sit parked at the Patten Cat dealership in Hammond, Ind., in this Oct. 20, 2006, file photo

Continued downward pressure on Asian miners caused a dip in retail sales for Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) in the region.

The world’s biggest maker of construction and mining equipment reported that its Asia-Pacific region dealer sales fell in the period of March to May of this year, down 30 percent from the same period a year earlier, after falling 25 percent in the three months through April.

“We believe global numbers will need to show some improvement shortly in order to support the positive move in Caterpillar’s stock year-to-date,” Jefferies analyst Stephen Volkmann told Bloomberg. Lower commodity prices have compelled mining companies to cut their spending.

Meanwhile, the Pretoria, Illinois-based company reported that its resource industry sector sales were down an average of 69 percent in Asia compared to the same period a year earlier.  Read More

BRIDGESTONE DELAYS START OF PRODUCTION AT NEW THAI PLANT

June 16, 2014

Bridgestone Corp. (5108), the world’s largest tiremaker, will postpone the start of production at a new tire plant in Thailand as demand ebbs, adding to companies postponing expansion in the Southeast Asian country.

The company is delaying output at the factory for specialty tires because global demand for coal-mining vehicles is less than it had expected, Chief Executive Officer Masaaki Tsuya said in an interview yesterday. The company will announce a new output start date “when demand comes back,” he said.  Read More

ARE MINERS ABOUT TO START SPENDING AGAIN?

June 14, 2014

Joy Global (NYSE: JOY  ) and Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT  ) have been struggling since the financial crisis. However, shares of both companies have recently rallied, partly thanks to higher valuations and improving sector sentiment. In fact, there are some indications that the mining industry could be about to start placing more orders with equipment suppliers.

Promising signs
One of the indicators that hits at a change in the wind is the fact that equipment destocking at mines is almost complete. Analysts put the destocking completion at around 80%, indicating that destocking could be complete by the end of the year.Read More

MCLAREN INDUSTRIES INTRODUCES NEW INDUSTRIAL, OTR TIRES

June 9, 2014

With more than 10 years of field testing and continuous improvements of the tire structure, McLaren’s Nu-Air semi-pneumatic tire series integrates the strength and stability of a solid tire with the smooth, cushioned ride of a pneumatic tire. With its lower cost/hour the Nu-Air tire has become widely known as the smart alternative to foam filled tires and regular pneumatic tires, according to the manufacturer.Read More

MARANGONI UNVEILS EASY GRIPPER FOR OTR TIRES

June 4, 2014

The Easy Gripper's 3-point arms are coated with granite-based grit to grip securely when wet, icy or oily

The Easy Gripper’s 3-point arms are coated with granite-based grit to grip securely when wet, icy or oily

Marangoni Tread North America Inc. has introduced Easy Gripper OTR tire handling equipment. The Easy Gripper fits forklifts and is designed to safely and efficiently handle OTR tires up to 29.5R29L5.

The maximum load tilting capacity of the Easy Gripper 2160 is 2200 pounds.

The Easy Gripper is available for purchase now by any OTR, commercial and or wholesale tire operation in North America exclusively from Marangoni.

The advanced tire gripping technology of the Easy Gripper allows the operator to manipulate OTR tires for loading and unloading from trucks both horizontal and vertical as well as easily and safely stack tires. In addition, the product:

  • reduces the mounting and dismounting time of big tires on/off hubs;
  • eliminates tire bead or side wall damage caused by forks; and
  • decreases the opportunity of accidents or injury from tires not properly secured while being moved.

With a 100-degree tire rotation and a center-mounted wide angle camera, the operator can position the wheel assembly bolt holes to align with the studs for quick and easy mounting and dismounting.

“The Easy Gripper is an important addition that puts Marangoni at the forefront of bringing innovative equipment to the market that has an immediate impact on safety and productivity,” says Don Rizzi, national sales development manager .

TITAN INTERNATIONAL SUBSIDIARY SIGNS 10 YEAR SERVICE AGREEMENT TO DISPOSE OF TIRES

June 3, 2014

QUINCY, Ill., June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Titan Tire Reclamation Corp. (TTRC), a subsidiary of Titan International, Inc. (NYSE: TWI), has been in negotiations with various companies in the oil sands for the disposal of OTR tires and conveyor belting. TTRC will lease ten acres of land from Suncor Energy, north of Fort McMurray, Canada for ten years to operate a pyrolysis system developed by Green Carbon. Green Carbon is controlled by Fred Taylor, brother of Titan International Chairman and CEO, Maurice Taylor.Read More

BRIDGESTONE: 3 STEPS FOR TIRE SAFETY WEEK

June 03, 2014

In recognition of National Tire Safety Week, Bridgestone Americas is urging drivers to spend a few minutes this week properly maintaining their tires for optimal performance, fuel economy, and to extend the wear and service life of their tires.

National Tire Safety Week, an initiative of the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), is June 1-7, 2014, and focuses on educating drivers about the importance and benefits of tire maintenance.

Tire dealers can share these tips with consumer to get the most wear performance and service life out of tires:

  • inflate: The most important aspect of tire maintenance is monthly checks of tire inflation pressure. Tires can lose one psi (pounds per square inch) per month under normal conditions. According to research from the RMA, while three out of four drivers wash their cars monthly, only one out of seven correctly checks tire pressure;
  • rotate: Regular tire rotations also will help prevent irregular and premature wear. RMA research also shows that 40% of drivers have not rotated their tires within the typical recommended interval of 5,000 to 7,500 miles;
  • evaluate: Routinely look for signs of tread wear or damage. The “penny test” is a simple way to check tread wear. With Lincoln’s head down, place a penny — head down — in the tread. If Lincoln’s head is visible, the treads are too worn and need replacing.  Read More

USW ASKS GOVERNMENT TO RESUME TARIFFS!

June 03, 2014

The following statement was released by the United Steelworkers (USW) in conjunction with the June 3 filing of an antidumping and countervailing duty case against passenger and light truck tires from China. The case alleges massive dumping and substantial subsidization of sales of these products by China into the U.S. market. Here is the release in its entirety.

“Unfairly priced imports of tires from China have resumed flooding the U.S. market,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. “Domestic tire producers have been rapidly losing market share over the last two years. Domestic shipments have been undercut by skyrocketing import growth from China, and while our economy recovers, domestic producers and their workers have not adequately shared in the benefits.Read More

JUDGE GRANTS INJUNCTION FOR OTR

JUNE 2, 2014

YAKIMA, Wash.—A Yakima federal court judge has granted OTR Wheel Engineering Inc.’s request for a preliminary injunction in its trade secrets case against West Worldwide Services Inc. 

Judge Lonny R. Suko enjoined West Worldwide May 14 against making any commercial use of OTR’s “Outrigger” tire tread design or using any of OTR’s proprietary trade secrets for any reason. 

Judge Suko scheduled the injunction to go into effect as soon as OTR posted a bond of $1.8 million. West Worldwide stands to lose $150,000 a month from the loss of sales, according to OTR’s attorneys, and the case probably will take at least a year to come to trial, Judge Suko said. 

“The amount of the injunction bond should … be sufficient to compensate defendants for loss of revenue and destruction of customer relationships in the event defendants ultimately prevail on the merits,” he said. 

OTR filed suit against West Worldwide in the Eastern Washington federal district court April 2. In the document, the company said it holds a patent on the Outrigger tire design. Read More

THE REAL STORY BEHIND CATERPILLAR INC’S BIG SALES DROP

June 01, 2014

Just when investors thought the worst was over for Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT  ) , the heavy-equipment company dropped a bomb last week by reporting, for the three months ended in April, the sharpest decline in four years in its retail machinery sales. Aside from its quarterly reports, Caterpillar releases supplementary information about its retail machinery sales every month for the preceding three months on a rolling basis.

Its latest monthly report left investors scratching their heads: Had they jumped the gun when the industry leader beat Street estimates for its first quarter? Should they have, instead, paid closer attention to Deere‘s (NYSE: DE  ) and Manitowoc‘s (NYSE: MTW  ) relatively muted construction equipment sales numbers?  Read More

$500 MILLION GOODYEAR PLANT IS COMING TO THE AMERICAS

May 29, 2014

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced an update to its 2014-2016 capital allocation plan that will allow the company to invest approximately $500 million to build a new consumer tire plant to support demand in North America and Latin America.

Goodyear says the plant will be its most technologically advanced and will have an initial capacity of about six million tires per year. Capacity can be increased as demand increases. Site selection is underway to identify the best location for the plant to support North America and Latin America customers. Tire production is expected to begin in the first half of 2017.

“Our investment supports another key element of our strategy — to focus on winning with consumers in profitable market segments,” said Richard Kramer, chairman and chief executive officer.

“With growing consumer demand for our high-value-added tires in North America and Latin America, the time is right to invest in additional manufacturing capacity in the Americas to maintain Goodyear’s leading position and to grow earnings beyond 2016. Goodyear is well-positioned to meet this market demand and has a proven track record of producing strong returns on capital investments.” Read More

ALLIANCE RECALLS 286 OTR TIRES

May 28, 2014

Alliance Tire Americas, Inc. is recalling certain 14-17.5 ML Alliance 239 tires built for use on mining, logging and industrial equipment for restricted (55 mph maximum) highway use. They were manufactured over a year’s time, from week code 1613 (the 16th week of 2013) through week code 1514 (the 15th week of 2014).

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign ID number is 14T002. The potential number of affected units is 286.Read More

KOMATSU, FINNING CAT AND FLSmidth ARE CHILE’S TOP MINING SUPPLIERS

May 22, 2014

Komatsu, Finning CAT, and FLSmidth lead the ranking of best mining suppliers in Chile

Komatsu, Finning CAT, and FLSmidth lead the ranking of best mining suppliers in Chile

Komatsu, Finning CAT, and FLSmidth lead the ranking of best mining suppliers in Chile, the largest copper producing country, reveals a study published this week by industrial research company Phibrand.

In its third annual edition, the report that gathers answers from 370 mining executives of local and global companies highlights how perception of “brand” and “performance” affect commercial relations from the executives’ point of view.

According to the report the suppliers that contributed the most to the development of the sector in Chile last year were Komatsu (12%), Finning CAT (11%) and FLSmidth (7%) in the international category, while Enaex (16%), Elecmetal (7%) and JRI (6%) ranked as the top local suppliers. Read More

EXEC SAYS DEMAND FOR TIRES TO INCREASE AS NR SHORTAGE LOOMS

May 21, 2014

MANCHESTER, England—Global demand for tires will double in the coming three decades to about 2 billion units a year, but the industry’s ability to meet that demand could be limited by a lack of natural rubber, Bridgestone Corp. executive Keizo Akutagawa warned at the IRC RubberCon 2014 conference in Manchester.

Pressures on supply would drive up prices for NR and other raw materials, while tire makers would face environmental issues when seeking to expand their manufacturing and supply-chain operations, according to Akutagawa, general manager of materials development.Read More

BKT TO EXHIBIT OTR TIRES AT REIFEN

May 09, 2014

BKT TO EXHIBIT OTR TIRES AT REIFEN

The Agrimax Force is for high-powered tractors.

Balkrishna Industries Ltd (BKT) will exhibit a large number of off-highway tires, some for the first time, at the upcoming Reifen 2014 International Trade Fair. The show will be held May 27-30 in Essen, Germany.

The radial tire Agrimax Force for high-powered tractors will be displayed in the size IF 710/75 R 42. The company says special IF-technology further developed by BKT enables professional users to make the most of heavy loads at lower pressures compared to a standard tire, ensuring top performance, minor soil compaction and longer tire life.

The Agrimax Spargo tire will be displayed in the size VF 380/90 R 46. The company says the tire is known and appreciated by BKT customers for its extremely functional features and its productivity potential.

The Spargo is a radial tire designed for sprayers and row crop applications. Its technology allows for major loading capacity at unchanged inflation pressure compared to a standard tire of the same size.

Also within the agriculture product line, BKT will display the radial tire FL630 Super in the size 750/60 R 30.5 The company says the tire is an ideal partner for trailers. Its design has been developed to ensure a steady and homogeneous footprint on the soil.

BKT will also display the Airomax AM 27, a product for on- and off-the-road high-speed cranes suitable for applications on road and highway surfaces as well as on more aggressive construction site grounds.  Read More

KOMATSU SEES PROFIT JUMP 26% IN FY 2013, BUT EXPECTS LESS DEMAND IN COMING YEAR

May 07, 2014

Komatsu says an increase in demand for construction equipment in Japan, China and other regions offset a low demand for mining equipment during fiscal year 2013 adding up to increases in sales and profit for the company. Nonetheless, the has lower expectations for 2014. For the fiscal year ending March 31, the company reported net sales of $19.1 billion (1.963 trillion Japanese yen), up 3.6 percent from fiscal year 2012. Operating income rose 13.7 percent to $2.36 billion (240.4 billion Japanese yen). Read More

TRELLEBORG WILL BUILD AN AG TIRE PLANT IN S.C.

May 06, 2014

TRELLEBORG WILL BUILD AN AG TIRE PLANT IN S.C.

Trelleborg’s new tire plant will supply ag tires to the original equipment and replacement markets in North America.

Trelleborg AB says it will build a $50 million radial agricultural tire plant in Spartanburg, S.C. Production is expected to commence by the end of 2015.

The manufacturing facility will be located at Trelleborg’s existing premises in Spartanburg.

“North America is the largest agricultural market in the world and it is highly attractive for us,” says Maurizio Vischi, business area president for the Trelleborg Wheel Systems subsidiary of Trelleborg AB.

“Demand for extra-large agricultural tires, where Trelleborg is a market leader, is growing in the region. Although we already sell our products in the U.S. and Canada, local production offers considerably more favorable conditions, thus enhancing our competitiveness.”

Vischi says being located in Spartanburg will help the company capitalize on “existing partnership agreements with major original equipment manufacturers and distributors (and facilitate) the transfer of technology from one part of the world to another.”

The 430,000-square-foot plant is expected to be at full capacity by 2018, with close to 150 people manning it. The facility will feature state-of-the-art equipment designed according to the latest Trelleborg technology standards.

Trelleborg Wheel Systems closed its industrial tire plant in Hartville, Ohio, in September 2009. The factory’s production was transferred to a plant in Sri Lanka.

MICHELIN CHANGED TIRE PRICES IN 1Q

May 01, 2014

Stable raw material costs have something to do with the apparent lack of consumer price increases in more than a year.

That doesn’t mean tire companies are not implementing price increases. They just aren’t always announcing them.

Why is that? Modern Tire Dealer Editor Bob Ulrich looks at price changes through the eyes of Groupe Michelin in his latest blog, “It looks like Mchelin raised — and — decreased prices in the first quarter.

Specifically, he tries to find out if there have been any price changes by deciphering the company’s first-quarter financial results.

See how he did by reading the blog. Then let us know if you have experienced price increases or decreases by leaving a comment!

TITAN FAILS TO MEET 1Q EXPECTATIONS

April 25, 2014

Titan International Inc. posted net income of $2.1 million on net sales of $539 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014. That compares to income of more than $19.4 million on sales of $578.4 million for the same period in fiscal 2013.

Operating income decreased 99.4%, from nearly $47.9 million in 1Q 2013 to $264,000 for 1Q 2014. The company’s net income-to-sales ratio was less than 1%.Read More

 “The first quarter performance fell short of our expectations,” says Titan Chairman and CEO Morry Taylor. “There are a lot of reasons, but the simple fact is the buck stops with me.

MICHELIN Q1 SALES FALL 2.4%

April 24, 2014

Group Michelin posted net sales of 4.76 billion euros for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014. That compares to sales of 4.88 billion euros for the same period the previous year.

Based on the exchange rate on March 31, 2014, Michelin recorded net sales of $6.5 billion.

Here’s the sales breakdown, in billions of euro, by tire segment:

Tire sales

1Q 2014

1Q 2013

% change

Consumer

2.52

2.58

- 2.4%

Truck/retread

1.46

1.48

- 1%

Specialty

  .78

  .82

- 5.2%

The company said revenue fell due to the strong euro and weak demand in the passenger, light truck and truck tire markets in Eastern Europe. Read More

LATIN AMERICAN TIRE EXPO ANNOUNCES SPEAKERS

April 16, 2014

Exhibit space is sold out for the 2014 Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo, July 23-25 at the Atlapa Convention Center in Panama City, Republic of Panama. Organizers announced speakers for the event, which is expected to draw 3,500 visitors from 40 countries.

Organizers say 230 companies will exhibit. They include Pirelli Colombia, Cooper Tires, Continental Tire Mexico, Bridgestone Tire Costa Rica, Goodyear Central America, Sailun Tires, Triangle Tyre, Double Coin Latin America, Euromaster, S.A. / Michelin, GT Radial Tires, Titan Tire Corp., TBC International, CEAT Limited, BKT and Aeolus.

Six speakers are scheduled to address a range of topics. They are:

* Matt White, director of tire service, Tire Industry Association (TIA): “TIA Technician Training-Tire Safety Starts Here.”

* Sergio Prada, general manager, Bridgestone de Colombia SAS: “Changes and Innovation.”

* Alejandro Martinez Avila, marketing manager, Cooper Tire & Rubber de Mexico: “The importance of brands in the market.”

* Ignacio Javier Mendoza Altamirano, director, Continental Tire de México: Continental’s promise is with security and the environment.”

* Heriberto Romero, director general, Hules Banda, Mexico: “Environmental tendancies en la retread industry.”

* David Stevens, managing director, Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau.:The environmental impact of retreading.

This is the fifth year for the show, which is the largest exhibition in the tire, wheel, and equipment industry in Latin America and the Caribbean.

To register as a visitor, receive expo updates and see a complete exhibitor list visit www.latintyreexpo.com.

PURCELL TIRE HIRES LUCAS TO TAKE OVER AS CEO

PURCELL TIRE HIRES LUCAS TO TAKE OVER AS CEO

Lucas has worked for Michelin since graduating from Heidelberg University in Tipton, Ohio, in 1992.

April 02, 2014

Succession plans have been a hot topic at Purcell Tire & Rubber Co. board meetings for years. But it only took a few weeks to hire the CEO necessary to ensure the continued growth, strength and future of the company.

Roger Lucas, who is senior vice president of Tire Centers LLC (TCi), was hired to replace Bob Purcell as CEO. Purcell, who will turn 80 in November, will remain chairman.

Purcell says the board recently interviewed 11 people for the CEO position over two consecutive weekends. Eight of them work for Purcell Tire.

“It turned out to be an education for our board. They got to know our top people.”

Lucas will join the Potosi, Mo.-based company on or before May 1, 2014. According to Purcell, he will spend a short time finishing up his responsibilities at TCi, which include managing the commercial operations and its 67 commercial centers, nine retread facilities and 940 employees. TCi is a division of Michelin North America Inc.

He also will attend the Purcell Tire managers’ meeting in Phoenix in April.

Bob Purcell and his wife, Juanita, plan to continue to stay involved in the leadership of the company, Bob as chairman and Juanita as COO. The Purcells were the 2004 winners of Modern Tire Dealer‘s Tire Dealer of the Year Award.

BKT MANUAL IS RESOURCE FOR ALL OTR USERS

March 10, 2014

Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT) has released the first edition of its OTR tire maintenance manual for all users of OTR tires.

The manual is in line with BKT’s “Independence for Independents” strategy as it is published with an intent to providing access to technical information related to the construction, stamping, usage, operating condition requirements and broad categories of tire conditions, for all OTR users and customers, according to Arvind Poddar, BKT’s chairman and managing director.

In addition to providing technical information, the manual welcomes all users of OTR tires to provide input and communicate through an email portal any improvements, additions or suggestions they may have for the next edition.

The company says the manual is a testimony to its core principles of providing customer support and education to everyone. It was composed and published through a global effort comprising BKT’s technical personnel in Nashville, Tenn.; Edmonton, Alberta; Sergno, Italy; and Mumbai, India.

For information on the manual, contact:

U.S.-Ron Tatlock (615) 943-5767) ron.tatlock@bkt-tires.com;

Canada-Keshav Das, (780-888-5667) keshav.das@bkt-tires.com; and

Global-OTR.Technical@bkt-tires.com

BKT is a specialty tire manufacturer, producing agriculture, industrial and OTR tires. Headquartered in Mumbai, India, the company distributes products in over 125 countries. BKT owns and operates three tire production plants, with a giant OTR plant at Bhuj, India, to scheduled to begin production in 2015.

BKT DEBUTS MUD AND SNOW OTR TIRE

March 06, 2014

Earthmax SR 22 mud and snow OTR tire for graders and loader applications

BKT’s Earthmax SR 22 provides traction for graders and loaders in snow, ice and mud.

BKT Tires (USA) Inc. has launched the Earthmax SR 22 mud and snow OTR tire for graders and loader applications. The tire provides traction and stability in snow and wintery conditions, but can be utilized for year-round operations, the company notes.

It has a five block tread design which enhances the tire’s overall traction capability in ice, snow or muddy conditions. Full-depth zigzag sipes provide traction and grip in all directions and help eliminate the possibility of skidding during operation. Tread block stiffness and reduced tread block movement result in increased overall wear resistance, traction and stability.

The Earthmax SR 22 is an all-steel radial, designed as an enhanced L2 category of tread depth (or L2T). The two steel belt construction protects the tire’s casing against impacts, punctures and rock cuts and provides an excellent, evenly distributed tire footprint, critical for traction in winter conditions. Read More

MICHELIN LAUNCHES CONSTRUCTION, AG TIRES

March 05, 2014

Michelin North America Inc. is launching several tires at booth N10378 at the ConExpo – Con/Agg Show taking place March 4-8, 2014, in Las Vegas.

Michelin Earthmover will soon offer new sizes of the Michelin X Crane + and Michelin X-Super Terrain + to further meet demand in the construction industry. The new Michelin X Crane + 525/80R25 size, which is a popular crane tire size in North America, will be available April 2014

The new Michelin X Crane + 525/80R25 size, which is a popular crane tire size in North America, will be available this April.

Michelin Earthmover will soon offer new sizes of the Michelin X Crane + and Michelin X-Super Terrain + to further meet demand in the construction industry. The new Michelin X Crane + 525/80R25 size, which is a popular crane tire size in North America, will be available this April.

The new Michelin X-Super Terrain +, which is used on articulated dump trucks, will come in its new size and the tire itself has been re-engineered with features that provide improved service capabilities, notes Michelin. The Michelin X-Super Terrain + 23.5R25 size is scheduled to launch in fall 2014.

“Articulated dump trucks and cranes perform in the most demanding of site conditions, and their tires need to deliver the maximum productivity and longevity,” said Hugo Morales, business segment manager, Michelin North American Earthmover.

“Michelin offers premium market solutions, including excellent or outstanding tire wear – all of which improves productivity on worksites.”

The Michelin X Crane + delivers additional load carrying capacity and a new load index. This helps optimize uptime at lower operating costs. Read More

Here are some key advantages to this otr tire:

Unlike many original equipment tires that near their load ranges before the addition of tools and counterweights, the Michelin X Crane + has a load carrying capacity of 15,656 pounds at 50 miles per hour and a new load index of up to 176F that helps prevent potential DOT issues.

It uses C2 technology (casing design reducing heat build-up in the tire) which includes the latest-generation casing that reduces heat buildup when the tire is in use. It also has less shoulder mass thereby promoting longer tread life compared with the Michelin X Crane. Additionally, it has new casing cables for longer life than the Michelin X Crane.

The new bead configuration and optimized geometry of the tire/rim contact surface translates to easier mounting.

NEW SEVERE ON/OFF-HIGHWAY TIRE FROM BRIDGESTONE

March 03, 2014

Bridgestone Commercial Solutions has introduced its newest rib-type all-position tire, the Bridgestone M854, for severe on/off highway applications.

Bridgestone Commercial Solutions has introduced its newest rib-type all-position tire, the Bridgestone M854, for severe on/off highway applications.

Bridgestone says M854 features advanced construction providing long mileage, aggressive traction and strong casing durability.

The company says the wide-base radial, specially fabricated for the construction and refuse markets, meets the tough environment demands of dump trucks, cement mixers, bulk carrier equipment and logging applications.

“Construction, logging and refuse fleets travel on loose terrain and uneven surfaces, which requires a specially designed tire to withstand these demands,” said Matt Loos, director of Truck & Bus Marketing, Bridgestone Commercial Solutions.

“The M854 features advanced construction providing long mileage, aggressive traction and strong casing durability. A wide footprint maximizes tire grip, while cap/base compounding and optimized casing construction improve overall occurrence of irregular wear, extending original tread life.”

Additional features of the Bridgestone M854 include:

  • An aggressive tread pattern for strong traction;
  • A wide tread design that provides higher payload and flotation so tires maintain grip and traction without digging into the ground; and
  • Special compounding that extends tire life while providing resistance to cuts, chips, tearing and irregular wear.

The Bridgestone M854 comes in three sizes in the U.S. and Canada. The 425/65R22.5 is available now. The 385/65R22.5 and 445/65R22.5 will be available later this year.

To learn more, visit www.bridgestonetrucktires.com.  Read More

DORAN INTRODUCES OTR TIRE PRESSURE SENSOR

February 21, 2014

Doran Manufacturing LLC introduced a tire pressure sensor specifically designed for OTR tire applications in mines, quarries and off-road construction during a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) panel discussion at the Tire Industry Association’s Off-the-Road Tire Conference in Marco Island, Fla.

 “This sensor was meticulously designed and manufactured to combat the extreme operating conditions of OTR tire applications,” says Jim Samocki, Doran general manager. “The strong performance and reliability results that we’ve seen during on-vehicle field testing combined with successfully passing tests to meet or exceed rigorous SAE standards at an independent a2La accredited testing facility confirms our intention to offer a great new alternative for our dealer partners and TPMS customers in the OTR tire market.”Read More

Everything you want to know about OTR tires

February 18, 2014

Registration for the 2014 Off-the-Road Tire Conference already has set a record — and it doesn’t start until Feb. 19! The four-day conference, sponsored by the Tire Industry Association (TIA), will be held at the Marco Island Marriott Resort & Golf Club in Naples, Fla.

The schedule is packed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Modern Tire Dealer Editor Bob Ulrich will be on hand to report the goings-on, but here is a sneak peek at what you can expect to read about. Read More