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Apollo OEM for Schwarzmüller
Schwarzmüller, one of Europe’s top trailer manufacturer, has selected Apollo Tyres’ EnduRace RT, EnduRace RT2 and EnduTrax MAHD tyres as original equipment (OE) for its truck trailers, marking the tyre manufacturer’s first OE deal in the European truck sector
Schwarzmüller Selects Apollo Tyres’ EnduRace and EnduTrax Range
The two-year partnership began in April, when Apollo Tyres delivered the first regional trailer tyres to Schwarzmüller’s headquarters in Freinberg, Austria. Produced at Apollo Tyres’ Gyöngyöshalász plant in Hungary, the tyres selected by Schwarzmuller will be supplied in five dimensions, from 17 to 22 inches: 385/65, 385/55, 245/70, 235/75 and 385/65.
While engineered to performe well across all seasons, the second generation of the EnduRace RT has been optimised to deliver outstanding grip in wet and winter conditions, and is certified for snow grip with a ‘three-peak mountain and snowflake’ mark. The tyre’s grip is 15% better overall compared to the previous generation.
The EnduRace RT2 has premium mileage performance with enhanced durability and reduced rolling resistance due to a tread compound that helps minimise abrasion and heat build-up. Reinforced ply casing significantly improves tear resistance and retreadability, which offers improved durability that is 1.7 times greater than the European regulatory requirement.
The EnduTrax MAHD offers high impact resistance with excellent traction for maximum uptime. The tyre uses 14% extra cushioning between the tread and belt, achieving a higher resistance to stone drilling and chipping. It has been designed to improve rubber contact by 5%, which further enhances tread rigidity and offers more mileage.
John Nikhil Joy, Cluster Director Europe – Truck & Bus tyres, Apollo Tyres, said; “We are proud to announce our first OE trailer partnership with one of the continent’s most successful truck trailer manufacturers. Our best trailer tyre is proven to meet the demands of users across Europe with its broad range of performance attributes and low cost of ownership. To be named a partner of Schwarzmuller speaks for itself.
“This latest milestone is credited to our teams across research and development, quality, manufacturing and sales, who have all turned our business vision into a reality. We look forward to building on this relationship over the next couple of years.”
Oliver Hirning, Vice President Supply Chain Schwarzmüller, said; “We are very proud of our association with Apollo Tyres, who are renowned for innovative products that deliver best-in-class standards of performance and safety. This new partnership will allow us to offer our global customer base a range of premium performance tyres for all-season conditions.”
Schwarzmüller develops, produces and services premium vehicles with tailor-made transport solutions. With a turnover of € 414 million and a 2,000-strong workforce, the company produces more than 10,000 trailers and truck bodies annually, sold across 20 European countries. As an innovation and technology leader with 150 years of experience, Schwarzmüller is setting the benchmarks for commercial vehicles.