Goodyear Launches Heat Resistant Tyres Developed Specifically for Countries with Hot Climate
The Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company has launched its second-generation range of special KMAX S EXTREME GEN2 on-road long-haul tyres designed specifically to deal with hot climate countries in the Middle East & Africa region.
In addition to reducing operating costs and maximizing tyre life under high ambient temperature, the second generation boasts a minimum of 20% increase in mileage on the steer axle compared to first generation.
The team at Goodyear achieved this by optimizing tread arc width and fine-tunning the cavity shape of the tyre – all resulting in significant improvement of regular wear. The steer axle is considered the most critical and sensitive for various performance criteria including its impact on safety.
Saban Gungor, General Manager of Goodyear Middle East & Africa, said: “The highly sophisticated KMAX EXTREME tyre range, is yet another demonstration of our successful 125-year legacy of delivering tailored tyre products to our customers.
"The development of this steer tyre demonstrates our dedication to improve clients’ performance while keeping up with the constantly evolving market demands.”
Other improvements of the KMAX S EXTREME GEN2 includes a reinforced carcass and the cool running tread compound.
Its chemical formulation and physical properties allow it to stay intact even in high ambient temperatures equating to high milage in extremely hot climates such as in GCC and reduced heat generation.
"The KMAX S EXTREME GEN2 steer tyre effectively expands the KMAX tyre range and further support our fleet customers achieve a better cost per kilometer," said Hamzeh Afaneh, Director of Commercial Business, Middle East & Africa.
To develop the KMAX S EXTREME GEN2, the innovation team at Goodyear in Luxembourg gathered feedback across multiple markets in the Gulf, identified improvement areas and tested the newly developed tyres with multiple fleets in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
The KMAX Extreme tyre range exemplifies Goodyear's commitment to sustainability. The tyres are both retreadable and regroovable, enabling fleets to optimize their tyre assets and environmental footprint.