Changes in the market pose new challenges for tire manufacturers in their production processes.
On the one hand, the variety of tires in the market is growing, especially for tire sizes larger than 17 ", which is gaining an above average share of the market. The thus resulting primary requirement for tire manufacturing is to enable production for quick code changes and at the same time to produce smaller lots.
Equally, quality requirements are constantly increasing, driven by the automotive industry not only as a result of Tire Labeling, which has been mandatory in the EU and South Korea since 2012, but also due to the requirement to sign OE tire sizes visually on the sidewall. The above prerequisites will also increase in the coming years in other markets such as the US, China, Brazil and Japan as a result of the pending launch of Tire Labeling.
Furthermore, this is linked to extremely high levels of repetitive accuracy and quality and also requires the capability to efficiently produce new tire designs – like tires for e-mobility, with a very low final shaping distance.
HF TireTech Group has developed a tire building machine that meets these requirements by means of a flexible drum concept which ensures the diversified production of highly complex and innovative tires - HF ONE is the answer to tackling the challenges posed by the tire market.
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