Agricultural and Industrial Tyres

The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., announced in October 2020 that it will consolidate its various offhighway businesses into one single entity - Yokohama Off-Highway Tires (YOHT). This includes Yokohama’s off-the-road (OTR) tyre businesses across the globe and Alliance Tire Group (ATG) with its renowned tyre brands Alliance, Galaxy and Primex, which Yokohama bought four years ago.  

 

UK commercial vehicle production dips -1.9% in November with 8,605 units built. Overall decrease driven by -8.8% exports decline, while production for UK rises 10.1% as sector works to meet ecommerce-driven demand. Industry calls for quick resolution to Brexit negotiations as 94.1% of all UK CV exports head to EU in first 11 months of the year. 

Toyo Tire Corporation and its manufacturing subsidiary Toyo Tire Serbia LLC Belgrade observed a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of a new plant in Indjija City, the Republic of Serbia yesterday.   

Light commercial vehicle registrations fell 8.1% this month compared to November 2019, to 15,627 units, while commercial vehicles registered a slight decline of 0.6%, with 2,693 units. The three signatory associations, ANFAC, FACONAUTO and GANVAM jointly warn of the serious risk for the sector of the increase in the Registration Tax in January 2021. 

Alliance’s launch of an upgraded version of its 372 VF (very high flexion) tyre was accompanied by the news of a successful independent research trial conducted by IRSTEA (Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies pour l'environnement et l'agriculture) that looked at fuel efficiency traction, footprint and slip of Alliance’s IF (increased flexion) and VF tyres in comparison with the premium competition in the market.

Magna Tyres Group has announced the launch of its latest addition to the material handling tyre line-up: the 18.00-25 Magna M-Stacker (IND-4). A more advanced tyre for use on reach stackers, empty container handlers and heavy-duty forklifts designed with a key focus on improving the efficiency and productivity of cargo operations. 

Michelin has more than doubled the number of sizes offered within its popular RoadBib agricultural tyre range, introducing five new dimensions. 

Third consecutive month of growth for new van market, with 28,541 vehicles registered. Vans weighing more than 2.5-3.5 tonnes drive uplift, up 25.2%, with 20,769 new vehicles joining fleets before Christmas. However, performance year-to-date still playing catch up, down -21.5% on 2019. 

Drivers and fleet managers are being urged to pay close attention when selecting replacement tyres for their cars and vans, with Michelin warning that inappropriate or incorrect fitments could negatively impact vehicle handling and performance characteristics – and in some cases risk invalidating the vehicle manufacturer’s warranty.

Goodyear announced today a strategic relationship with TuSimple, a global autonomous trucking technology company, to provide tyres and tyre management solutions to TuSimple’s Autonomous Freight Network (AFN). 

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