Kenda displayed a number of products across several segments during the event.
The Klever M/T2 KR629 will hit the market in the summer, Yang said. Kenda unveiled its second-generation mud-terrain tire at the 2021 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
The M/T2 improves upon the previous version — the M/T — in terms of mud, rock and loose material handling, as well as improving wet and dry handling and cornering, the company said. The tire will launch in 30 sizes up to 37 inches.
Kenda, who sponsors racers in DOT-certified tire racing, said it will feature the M/T2 on the track this year. During the last five years, Yang noted, Kenda-sponsored drivers and tires have two championships, over 20 wins and 40 podiums.
Kenda will launch two mountain bike tires: The redesigned and aggressive Karama 2 and the Rush, a cross-country tire featuring the lowest rolling resistance of the brand's mountain bike tires. The company is also continuing its sponsorship of the Gators Bike Park in Columbus, Ohio, "to inspire a next generation of riders," according to Yang.
In the lawn and garden segment, Kenda designed a non-pneumatic tire designed for zero-turn mowers. Yang said the tire will last longer and offer less downtime, which will benefit commercial mowing businesses. Kenda also developed a new tire for wheelbarrows, wagons and carts.
Kenda controls about 80% of the golf-cart tire market, especially for OEMs, Yang said, and the company will launch a new tire aimed at those carts being used off the course.
"Over the last 20 years, the golf cart has become more than just a golf course vehicle. It has evolved into a personal transportation vehicle," Yang said.
Retirement communities, theme parks, airports and resorts, he said, all use these vehicles, and Kenda wanted to design a tire designed for on-road purposes.
"We are the first to design steel-belt, radial quality golf cart tires," Yang said.
The company's steel trailer wheel production facility in Elkhart, Ind., is growing, Yang said. He added that the company is working with the local economic development board to grow the economy for on-going projects and to create more job opportunities in the area.