Goodyear rolled out five tires in three key categories, for general service, articulated trucks/loaders and severe-haulage applications.
The tires launched were:
GP2B and RT3B for general service applications; TL3A+ and GP4D for articulated trucks and loaders; and RL5K radial for severe conditions.
The GP2B is described as a smooth-riding radial tire, built with a high-synthetic compound for long wear and cut resistance, a high-tensile steel belt package for enhanced impact resistance; open shoulder grooves for outstanding traction and self-cleaning; and a solid center rib for superior lateral traction.
The RT3B, designed for use in rough terrain, contains multiple steel belts to resist rock cuts and penetrations; all-steel radial construction to resist heat build-up; compounds for enhanced cost-per-mile and overall treadwear; and a wide tread width for extra mobility and a more stable and comfortable ride.
The TL3A+ and GP4D are for articulated trucks and loaders. The T3LA+ radial tire offers 25-percent deeper tread depth for traction and ride in soft soil conditions, Goodyear said, along with an ultrawide tread arc width, an open tread design to promote self-cleaning; synthetic/natural rubber compounding for long tread wear and cut resistance; and a high-tensile steel belt package for enhanced impact resistance.
The GP4D radial features a non-directional tread design for high fore, aft and lateral traction; ultrawide tread arc width for improved sidewall protection, enhanced flotation and enhanced tread life; and centerline riding lugs for long tread wear. Available in a 65-series profile and select widebase sizes.
The RL5K radial designed for more severe conditions with a deeper tread depth than a standard L-3 for optimal wear.
Also on display were Goodyear large-haulage tires like the RT4A+, the RM4A+ and the RM4B+, which are for quarry and aggregate use.
Dutch commercial/industrial tire distributor Magna Tyres launched its M-Straddle tire for straddle carriers for the U.S. market. The M-Straddle, available in size 16.00R25, is a radial designed for use on straddle carriers in demanding port and terminal conditions, the company said.
The M-Straddle is the firm's newest tire for port-handling applications.
Michelin Earthmover rolled out new sizes of its X Crane+ and X-Super Terrain+ along with a lineup of X Traction radials for rigid dump trucks and the XHA2 radial for L3 loaders, and Michelin Agricultural launched two products for backhoe applications.
The X Crane+ is being launched in size 525/80R25, a popular crane tire size in North America, and offering additional load-carrying capacity (15,656 pounds at 50 mph) and a new load index of up to 176F, Michelin said, while the redesigned X-Super Terrain+ for use on articulated dump trucks will launch this fall in size 23.5R25, offering 15-percent longer treadlife thanks to a redesigned casing and new tread compounds.
The X Traction line for rigid dump trucks is engineered to deliver improved traction on soft surfaces, while the XHA2 radial is designed for enhanced productivity, safety and comfort.
“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 America.
Michelin also featured its OperTrak Web-based tire-and-rim management system and the accredited Michelin Earthmover Performance Repairs program.
Michelin Agricultural's debuts were the Power CL premium bias-ply and BibLoad Hard Surface radial.
The Power CL is designed to handle load capacities equal to a radial tire but with bias cost savings, Michelin said. The line is scheduled for a July launch, with a full product size offering before year-end.
James Crouch, compact equipment segment marketing manager for Michelin North America, said the Power CL “is a product we have needed in our portfolio to cover the needs of the market….”
The BibLoad Hard Surface the hard-surface version of the XMCL all-terrain backhoe radial tire, Michelin said. Plans are for a November launch.
TheBibLoad HS is a steel-belted radial with a reinforced casing and non-directional tread design for performance regardless of the tires' rotational direction. This feature has made the HS a sought-after snow tire in Canada, Mr. Crouch said.