Apollo Vredestein will be enhancing its European agricultural tyre production activities by bringing a new 104-inch tyre press into service in mid-March. This will be done at its Enschede factory in the Netherlands
There has been steadily increasing demand for the Vredestein Traxion XL tractor tyres in Europe and North America.
The demand is being driven across by both the end-users such as agricultural contractors and farmers, as also the agricultural machinery manufacturers fitting tyres as part of their OEM strategy.
The new generation tractors are now larger, stronger, and heavier; and heavier, Apollo Vredestein says it has responded to these challenges with a range of innovative tyre solutions.
The high-end range will meet the requirements for traction, comfort, durability, and soil protection. A perfect example is the award-winning Vredestein Traxion Optimal tyre featuring VF technology, which will allow for better performance in the field even at lower tyre pressures.
The newly installed tyre press produces tractor tyres mainly for the XL segment (diameter up to 2.30 m and weight up to 550 kg). This will be suitable for tractors between 200 and 500 hp.
The commissioning of the press in Enschede will represent a significant increase in capacity in this tyre segment.
The new tyre press is the first part of a 5-year investment program at the production facilities for agricultural tyres in Enschede.
With this expansion, Apollo Vredestein is aiming to increase the availability of its premium product range in Europe . This will also realize further international market share growth for the company.