COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — German forklift maker KION Group A.G. has selected Global Rubber Industries (Pvt.) Ltd. (GRI) as a supplier for its Linde-brand materials-handling forklifts manufactured in Germany.
According to GRI, its premium plus Ultimate XT tire using natural rubber primarily sourced in Sri Lanka, handles the most demanding conditions, with a tread pattern that offers excellent traction and high stability.
GRI said its Ultimate XT premium plus tires are built for 24-hour material operations, with high abrasion resistance that provides greater levels of comfort and safety. The tire's high tread volume, greater lug depth and optimized aspect ratio offer better tire life, the company said.
"This partnership testifies to the excellence of GRI's tires, their high performance in varying conditions and the company's commitment to develop superior forklift tires," Prabhash Subasinghe, managing director of the GRI, said. "We are excited about the possibilities ahead in our partnership with KION."
GRI said KION Group tested the Ultimate XT tires with more than two years of rigorous testing, working with GRI engineers in order to meet specific and stringent requirements.
"We believe that forklift operators who move material to supply our needs are noble," Mahesha Ranasoma, CEO of GRI, said. "We live and work to enhance their lives."
According to GRI, the KION Group is the largest manufacturer of forklift trucks and warehouse equipment in Europe and services more than 100 countries worldwide. KION's forklift brands Linde Material Handling and STILL serve the premium industrial truck segment.