The Mitas tire company won’t provide a definite timeline for bringing together the best of both the traditional pneumatic tires and rubber tracks with its Mitas PneuTrac, but it is showing off a concept version.
“Mitas PneuTrac is a real revolution in the design of tires,” said Andrew Mabin, Mitas’ sales and marketing director. “Mitas stands out as an innovator in the tire industry. This concept shows that we are thinking outside the box of current tire-producing practices with a strong focus on what will benefit farmers. We still have some way to go to bring the concept into a commercial product but the initial results look very promising challenging the design of the conventional tire and cost of tracks,” added Mabin.
The Agritechnica 2013 fair in Hannover, Germany, is where the world premiere of this revolutionary tire concept will be presented Nov. 12-16.
Mitas PneuTrac provides better traction efficiency with lower slippage, which results in lower operational costs and potentially higher crop yields when compared with standard tires, claims the company. It is further suggested that PneuTrac will ensure stable driving at low inflation pressures, thus ensuring comfort and safety with no need to adjust inflation pressure.
“The test of PneuTrac made at our testing facilities provided us with argumentation that this concept is a great piece of work with clear benefits for enhanced performance of agricultural machinery,” said Hans-Ulrich Klose, head of the automotive engineering unit at Mitas.”
Mitas manufactures and sells tires under three brand names: the company’s own Mitas and Cultor, and Continental under licence. MITAS is a member of ÄGS HOLDING a.s. and operates three production plants in the Czech Republic, one in Serbia and one in the U.S.