Move follows growing demand for specific size categories of off-the-road tyres, including from the Middle East
Off-the road (OTR) tyre manufacturer Magna Tyres has nearly doubled production capacity at its Hardenburg factory in the Netherlands six months after opening the facility earlier this year.
The Dutch manufacturer, which is among the leading brands for OTR, mobile crane and other construction equipment tyres in the Middle East, announced that the expansion was necessitated by the growing demand for its 26.5R25 and 29.5R25 OTR sizes.
Magna Tyres opened the Hardenberg factory in January to produce heavy-duty off-highway lines in the MA02 grader/loader, M-Terrain articulated dump-truck and AG24 agricultural line segments. The company has production bases in Taiwan and China, apart from its home base in the Netherlands and supplies tyres to the Middle East construction equipment and off-highway sector from all its plants.
“New capacity has since been added to keep up with demand for the new sizes. Our OTR tyres are working at several large mines and quarries around the world, including in the Middle East in Saudi Arabia, the UAR and other countries,” said Vijay Nambiar, GM, Middle East and Africa at Magna Tyres.
“The Middle East is one of the largest global regions for Magna in terms of revenue, and we have seen a rise in demand for our products in the region with several recent successes, such as a deal with GCC crane services major Al Faris to supply the tyres for their mobile crane fleet.”
With the expansion Magna seeks to sustain its success in the region by increasing supply of its 29.5R25 Magna MA02, an E3+/L3+ tyre for wheel loaders, dumpers and dozers. According to the company, the tyre’s wide shoulders increase the contact surface for more traction and the rubber compound, which its uses for all OTR tyres, offers the best result against chip and chunk and tread wear. The shoulder and sidewall are reinforced for protection and resistance against impact, and the carcass is an all-steel radial one with improved belt layers for better heat build-up resistance to prolong service life.
The 26.5R25 M-Terrain, meanwhile, is an E4 tyre with a deep profile, designed for better grip in heavy dumper applications in mines, excavations and scrap processing sites, and for transports in underground mines., Magna said.