Continental CST launches tyre range for port fleets

Middle East port logistics vehicles a key target market.
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The Middle East’s expanding network of world-class ports will be a key target market for Continental Commercial Specialty Tires (CST), following the launch by the German manufacturer of the world’s most complete tyre portfolio for port fleets.

The portfolio includes customised tyres for all vehicle types operating in port logistics. The range includes tyres for straddle carriers, reach stackers, rubber tire gantry cranes, terminal tractors and trailers, and heavy-duty forklifts. Most of the tyres are based on the revolutionary V.ply technology, which has been especially developed for the challenging working environments of vehicles in port operation.

Middle East ports, such as Jebel Ali and Khalifa ports in the UAE and King Abdul Aziz port in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, are constantly investing and expanding and are set to benefit from the new tyre portfolio, which will optimise operating costs and efficiency. In recent years, global port logistics have shown a steady market growth of 7% per year. According to recent estimates, the global port business will double its capacity from now until 2024.

“For port fleets, fuel is cost factor number one, and tire replacement cost factor number two. More than that, 20% of a vehicle’s fuel consumption originates in the rolling resistance of tires," said Dr Michael Andreas Maertens, managing director of Continental CST.

“With our new high quality portfolio we can offer customers in the important Middle East market a complete solution that increases reliability and safety, while simultaneously keeping operating costs down and optimising the environmental performance of their fleets.”

The Continental ContainerMaster and DockMaster tires are designed for reach stackers, empty container handlers and heavy-duty forklifts. Continental offers these two tyre ranges to fully address the particular challenges of each vehicle type and the wide scope of different operating environments and customer needs. Whereas the ContainerMaster is well suited for the typical operating conditions in most harbors, DockMaster is a slick tyre especially designed for particularly challenging working environments, where puncture resistance is essential.

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