Tyre major Continental has launched its new radial port tyre line-up, developed to meet the demands of vehicles utilised in terminal operations.
A statement from the German multinational said the new tyre portfolio, introduced at the recently held port and terminal technology exhibition TOC Europe 2019 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, is specifically designed for load and carry applications. The company added that it has become a full solutions provider for port operations, offering a complete port product range that includes V.ply tyres, radial tyres and digital solutions.
“Day in and day out, containers are transported many kilometres from one location to another on the extensive grounds of international ports. For these demanding ‘load & carry’ applications, radial tyres are the perfect solution, particularly in the tough Middle Eastern climate,” said Continental’s statement.
The tyres offer low heat generation and a flat tread contour for high endurance and mileage over long distances, says the company while listing the three new radial tyres as the ContiRT20, the ContainerMaster Radial and the StraddleMaster Radial. The trio is suited to various vehicle types utilised in load and carry applications, including heavy forklift trucks, empty container handlers, reach stackers, straddle carriers and terminal tractors, amongst others.
Continental’s V.ply tyres with Port Plus Compound are designed for typical pick and stack applications. Although mobile crane type vehicles such as reach stackers, empty container handlers and rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTG) need to drive short distances at low speed when loading and unloading containers, they still have a high load requirement and a high degree of turning on the spot. According to Continental, the V.ply construction offers good stability and wear, and the strong sidewalls and the highly abrasive and crack-resistant compound make them the perfect solution for the daily challenges faced in the Middle Eastern climate.
At TOC Europe, Continental also showcased its digital tyre pressure monitoring systems for individual vehicles and ContiConnect for fleets, which enhance safety and efficiency in terminal operations.