Logistics and sourcing has had a vital role in business during the last few decades. Optimal planning and sourcing strategies has become an important weapon for competitive advantage between companies. We still have a lot of products coming out of Asia and especially being shipped from China to both Europe and North America. This means that goods need to be moved quickly and in a cost effective way both via ships through containers and then via roads by attaching the containers to semi-trailer trucks for land transportations through our road networks to logistic terminals. Where they goods can be re-distributed to smaller shipments for direct deliveries to its final destination.
There are a lot of touch points with vehicles that require high performance tires. It basically starts with the trucks picking up products from a factory or a logistic terminal and delivering it to a harbor port for being loaded on a container ship across the ocean for it to later arrive again to a port, being unloaded and put again on a semi-trailer truck for a further land based journey to a logistic hub closer to its final destination. Most of the tire interaction will be on the semi-trailer trucks, where the truck tires will have to be of premium heavy truck tires, that have low wear, long operating life and low rolling resistance. The tires will be so called haul tires that have the perfect properties for continuous driving across the nations and still be able to handle the heavy loads.
The ports will also need to have a lot of equipment that will need tires to ensure an agile operation. You will have RTG-cranes and terminal tractors, for getting the containers organized once they have been taken off the ships. RTG-tires and terminal tractor tires both have to be able to handle the very high loads as well as being able to maneuver in tight areas. This means that the tires have to have low resistance for turning and still be very precise and exhibit good control. Durability is key as tire failures especially for the RTG-cranes can be costly and cause big delays. Tires might be costly, but tire failures outweigh any costs and should be avoided at almost any costs, by investing in the best tires initially and undertake proper tire maintenance.