Fendering..... a logical solution!
- 17 September 2011
- Company & Industry News
The harsh working conditions of earthmover vehicles and tyre damage opportunities that are present has led Kal Tire, UK's leading earthmover tyre supply and service company, to further develop their 'fendering' process for tyres.
"The side wall of a tyre is a large exposed area and, at the same time, is the thinnest part of the tyre", said Wayne Cornell, Kal Tire's UK & Africa Manufacturing Manager. "In harsh working environments this area is more susceptible to damage as the sidewall makes contact with objects — so the logical solution has always been
to protect the sidewall i.e. fendering".
The new and improved fendering process, has been enhanced as the company (formerly OTR Tyres Ltd) completes it's integration with north American parent company Kal Tire. Now - as part of the Kal Tire Mining Tire Group - experience and resources are shared, globally, for the benefit of customers.
"Without going into too much detail", continued Wayne, "we have gone from the initial manually applied 'slab' process to a totally automated 'strip build' process, allowing for a continuous compound application, with width and depth of rubber to suit vehicle and working environment".
Kal Tire is confident that some elements of their current process are unique. "With results proving so positive, we are now regularly being asked to 'fender' new, first life tyres, especially for the harsher working environments — steelworks, scrap yards, the harsher quarries etc — our fendering process is the logical solution", concluded
In addition to new tyre supply, Kal Tire have regional service depots throughout the UK, equipped with the largest fleet of specialist fitting trucks and engineers in the country. The retread manufacturing plant at the company's Alfreton HQ houses specialist equipment for retreading and remoulding earthmover tyres and the capacity to retread 57" diameter tyres.
Kal Tire are the worlds largest earthmover and mining tyre service company, with operations in North, Central and South America, Europe, Africa and Australia.