Continental CST Launches Most Complete Tire Range
Continental Commercial Specialty Tires (CST) introduced the most complete tire portfolio for port fleets at TOC Container Supply Chain Europe 2013 in Rotterdam. The portfolio includes customized tires for all vehicle types operating in port logistics, such as straddle carriers, reach stackers, rubber tire gantry cranes, terminal tractors and trailers, and heavy-duty forklifts. Most tires of the portfolio are based on the revolutionary V.ply technology. The extremely sturdy V.ply tires have been especially developed for the challenging working environments of vehicles in port operation.
“For port fleets, fuel is cost factor number one, and tire replacement cost factor number two. More than that, 20% of a vehicle’s fuel consumption originates in the rolling resistance of tires”, says Dr. Michael Andreas Maertens, managing director of Continental CST. “With our new high quality portfolio we offer our customers in the harbor business a complete solution that increases reliability and safety. At the same time it helps to keep operating costs down and to optimize the environmental performance of their fleets.”
Cross-ply technology is well-known for its superior damping properties and radial for optimum rolling resistance. Continental’s V.ply tires combine the best of both worlds, by integrating an innovative weaving pattern of multiple cords arranged at specially designed angles. V.ply allows the production of sidewalls three times thicker than those used in radial tires.
The carcass of a V.ply tire consists of up to 20 layers of cross-ply fiber woven into three separate wire beads. Because steel cord does not provide an optimal bond between the carcass construction and the rubber shell, the V.ply technology uses high-resistance polymer.
The result is the powerful V.ply construction with strong sidewalls. It enables high payloads even on heavy vehicles that need to reach high stacks, turn on the spot and perform frequent directional changes. More than that, extensive field-tests in ports worldwide have proven that V.ply features outstanding resistance against damages, a high reliability over a long service-life, and a low rolling resistance.
TOC Container Supply Chain Europe was held from June 25-27 at the Ahoy Centre in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Next years’ event will be held from June 24-26, 2014 in London, UK.
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