The tyre industry is presently going through a number of changes. New size introductions, whilst not uncommon, require retreaders to keep one eye on the next step with regard to investment in new moulds if they feel new sizes are here to stay for the long term. This year Euro 6 Legislation will cement some of the probable changes to the 70 series tyres plus trailer tyre products are now coming under the spotlight. Lower profile and lower fifth wheel heights remain a target for manufacturers and lowering tyre aspect ratios seems the most obvious choice in order to achieve this. The effect may be advantageous but operations need to consider that in selecting and opting for new, rare tyre sizes, an awareness of availability needs to be considered carefully. Proper, careful management of stock at key locations will become even more prevalent into the future.
Whatever changes are forthcoming Bandvulc always ensures continued investment in both product and service development to stay abreast of the changes in order to meet customer’s operational needs as quickly as possible. This is borne out by its expanding tyre support facility, Bandvulc Plus+ (incorporating Fleet Plus+ and Calls Plus+) which offers 24/7 assistance for its own and third party operators. Utilising as much as possible its network of Key Partners across the UK, Philip West, Group Commercial Director, comments; “This process is designed so that we all support each other in a very competitive market”.
Listening to and analysing market needs has seen the addition of a new 385/65R22.5 construction tyre to add to Bandvulc’s extensive product range. Suitable for heavier, more aggressive applications, the product has a more luggy pattern to reduce mud and waste retention. Bandvulc comments; “The industry is diverse and we are always looking to develop niche products which bring advantage to the end user. Our history of bespoke manufacturing goes back some considerable time with the Wastemaster and Draymaster ranges in the 1990s, together with the BIG tipper range in 2006. This addition maintains Bandvulc at the forefront of both manufacturing quality and customer awareness; we want to develop products which work well in the market. One product is rarely a panacea for all applications, hence the need to develop, enhance and ultimately manufacture products quickly to meet market needs.