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2012 OTR Tire Market News

Although the question of Europe’s stability has fueled many talks of yet another global recession, this month’s analysis sheds a new light on the strength of expansion and upgrade throughout the industry. A major driving force in previous months has somewhat subsided this month but we still take a look at how Natural Rubber prices […]

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Heat vs. the OTR Tyre

Below is a great summary of the dynamics and effects of heat generation in earthmover tyres: As a continuation of our “Enemies of a Tyre” series I would like to continue by discussing the effects of heat on an OTR tyre. During normal operation tyres will generate heat. This is caused by the continual flexing […]

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Management and Maintenance of Earthmover Wheels and Rims

Here is some helpful information about taking care of OTR tire wheels and rims. Earthmover wheels and rims are unique in the fact that they are essentially part of a pressure vessel which is being continuously assembled and disassembled. In addition they are subjected to various conditions, extreme loads, chemical reactions, stress and shock through […]

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OTR Tire Demand Growing Sharply

The OTR Tire market has taken a significant turn in the last few months. The major radial earthmover tire manufacturers have stated that they will not be signing any more long-term agreements and that additional supply capability is extremely limited. Furthermore we have heard from various industry sources that some of the manufacturers will be […]

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Irregular Wear In Dual Wheel Assemblies

Irregular Wear in Dual Wheel Assemblies is caused by two main problems; 1. Mismatched tyres. 2. Mechanical failure. i.e Improper Wheel Alignment, worn or damaged Shock Absorbers, worn or damaged Suspension Bushes, etc. The main reason for irregular wear in dual wheel assemblies is missmatched tyres. Definition’s of mismatched tyres being; 1. Tyres of different […]

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BRIDGESTONE SAYS, EVEN WITH A 40% CAPACITY INCREASE, WE THINK ITS STILL NOT ENOUGH.

Marketwatch recently reported on continuing OTR tire shortage (some call an “imbalance”). The article spoke about the on-going expansions by Michelin and Bridgestone and their struggle to keep up. The fact is that a booming commodity market will not allow them to catch up the imbalance. No one is expecting a downturn in demand for […]

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SOME THOUGHTS ON DUAL WHEEL ASSEMBLIES

Dual wheel assemblies have three main functions: 1. To provide Extra Load capacity. As in a trucking & forklift application. 2. To provide Extra Traction. As in a rear tractor application. 3. To provide Stability. As in all applications. As dual wheel assemblies are designed to work essentially as ONE wheel there are several factors […]

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