ERJ staff report (DS)
Quincy, Illinois -- Titan Tire Corporation of Bryan, a subsidiary of Titan International Inc., has produced the company's first prototype giant radial 63-inch tyre in its Ohio facility. Titan announced its commitment to produce these large radial tyres, used in the mining industry, in May 2007.
New 63-inch steel belted tyres should start shipping in the next 60 to 90 days to selected mines. Titan believes these giant OTR tyres will out-perform current steel radials because of the patent pending process of Titan's new steel belted radials. In tests on smaller tyre sizes, Titan said tyre life could be 20 to 30 percent greater than conventional tyres with this new design.
â€œThis project has been an unbelievable experience for a large group of Titan employees-starting with myself,â€ said Titan Chairman and CEO Maurice Taylor â€œI know a lot of people think I'm a little different, and that's fine, but I'm very lucky to have a great team. Titan has some of the best employees in this business and they proved it today by producing this tire in seven months, starting from scratch. A site that used to be a soybean field is now the beginning of a state-of-the-art giant tyre facility. In addition to developing this 63-inch tyre, Titan has also filed for a patent on the new construction used in this design that will improve tyres and lower cost to manufacture.â€
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Press release from Titan