Prague, 10 September 2014 – Mitas launched the 1250/50R32 SFT, one of the world's largest agricultural tyres at the Farm Progress Show at Boone, Iowa. Manufactured at Mitas' North American plant in Charles City, Iowa the 1250/50R32 SFT 188A8/185B weighs in at 555 kilograms, the heaviest tyre in Mitas' product portfolio. The 1250/50R32 SFT is designed for grain carts and combine harvesters and is available on global markets from September 2014.
“Mitas produces the most demanding and complex off-road tyres. Our ability to manufacture one of the world's largest agricultural tyres proves it,” said Andrew Mabin, Mitas’ marketing and sales director. “Mitas is the European leader in combine tyres sales having significant market share in tractor tyres. With Mitas 1250/50R32 SFT we send the clear message that we will maintain this prominent position.”
The size of the tyre is imposing. It weighs 555 kilograms and contains 76.5 m² of cord. Mitas 1250/50R32 SFT 188A8/185B has a diameter of 2.02 meters and is capable of carrying loads of up to 16 tonnes (10 km/h cyclic). The volume of the tyre is impressive with 2.3 m³, which makes it one of the largest agriculture tyres.
“Within two years of its opening, the Mitas plant in Charles City has established itself in the North American market through the production of premium quality tyres. Our largest Super Flexion Tyre is the best example,” said Pavel Charvát, president of Mitas Tires North America.
In October 2013, Mitas installed three additional curing presses at the plant in Charles City, reaching a total annual production capacity of 13,500 tons of tyres. Mitas' heaviest tyre is being produced on a new prototype of the curing press. Because of the size of Mitas 1250/50R32 SFT it is the biggest curing press at any Mitas factory. The tyres produced in Charles City are agricultural radial.
MITAS a.s is one of Europe’s leading producers of agricultural tyres. Mitas manufactures and sells tyres under three brand names: the company’s own Mitas and Cultor, and Continental under licence. In addition, MITAS a.s. produces and distributes a wide range of Mitas-branded industrial and motorcycle tyres. MITAS a.s. is a member of ČGS HOLDING a.s. and operates three production plants in the Czech Republic, one in Serbia and one in the USA, and maintains a global sales and distribution network.