Prague/Charles City, October 30, 2014 – Mitas' revolutionary tire concept PneuTrac received the EIMA Technical Innovation award in Bologna, Italy. The jury awarded Mitas PneuTrac as the best innovation in the Component or Accessory category based on the detailed technical description and practical demonstration of this unique concept. PneuTrac brings together the best of both worlds in traditional pneumatic tires and rubber tracks. Mitas is intensively testing the PneuTrac concept on an 18" rim, started dynamic testing on a larger 38" rim tire and is planning to test a new size.
Mitas PneuTrac will be one of the most coveted innovations of the EIMA fair in Bologna. Mitas will display PneuTrac mounted on a 38" rim in the Four-Sides Arch area at the entrance to the Bologna fair.
Mitas will also announce its plans for PneuTrac at the press conference on 13 November at 12.30 p.m. at the EIMA Service Centre (Centro Servizi), Concert Hall, block D, 1st floor. All media representatives are invited to join the press conference at EIMA.
“PneuTrac has raised huge interest among farmers and machinery manufacturers. The EIMA Technical Innovation award received at the EIMA fair strengthens our determination to bring the concept into commercial production to meet the expectations of all stakeholders,” said Andrew Mabin, Mitas’ marketing and sales director. “We are glad that the EIMA jury recognised the potential and innovative essence of Mitas PneuTrac. Such innovation is unique in the tire industry, and Mitas has proved its leadership in the agricultural tire business.”
Based on the recent significant improvement of the test results of Mitas 280/70 R18 PneuTrac, Mitas has started dynamic tests of the larger 600/65 R38 PneuTrac concept. Until now, the larger 38" rim PneuTrac had undergone static testing only. Mitas is also planning to start development of the new dimension to offer a wider selection of sizes once PneuTrac is successfully released. The release for sale is still someway off and subject to the continued successful development of the concept.
Mitas PneuTrac provides better traction efficiency with lower slippage, resulting in lower operational costs, higher crop yields and less damage to soil compared with standard tires. PneuTrac provides very stable driving at low inflation pressures, ensuring comfort and safety with no need to adjust inflation pressure. Mitas is developing its PneuTrac concept with its partner, Galileo Wheel Ltd.
The footprint of Mitas PneuTrac is 53% larger than that of a standard tire, and it provides higher tractive force. This ensures gentle ground handling with much lower and improved distribution of pressure on the ground with less soil compaction. The lateral stability of Mitas PneuTrac is of a very high level compared with standard tires: 167% higher, to be precise. PneuTrac is mountable on standard rims.
MITAS a.s is one of Europe’s leading producers of agricultural tires. Mitas manufactures and sells tires 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 tires. 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.