AKRON (Oct. 3, 2014) — Demand for industrial tires — especially for forklifts and small construction vehicles — is improving this year, according to Ydo Doornbos, managing director for Trelleborg Wheel Systems Americas Inc., which specializes in solid tires for the industrial, OTR and agricultural markets.
The tire market for the Class 2 and 3 forklift trucks “remains very solid,” Mr. Doornbos told Tire Business. “We do see, because of the recovering economy over the last months, a stronger Class 1, 4 and 5.”
In North America “the forklift industry is really, really solid,” he said, based on shipment data.
Sales of new forklift trucks surged about a year ago, and now those vehicles are requiring replacement tires, he noted. “So the aftermarket is very healthy going forward as well.”
“Trelleborg believes the forklift is one of the most important vehicles on earth,” said Jessica Aubley, marketing communications manager for Trelleborg Wheel Systems Americas.