MEVASSERT ZION, Israel—Technology company Galileo Wheel is venturing more closely into tire production with its CupWheel system, which it claims offers "superior technology" for the ag tire sector.
The company, which was formed nine years ago, has been in a long-term, exclusive licensing agreement with Czech tire-maker Mitas, currently part of the Trelleborg group. Now in parallel with that partnership, Galileo intends to "go solo as a 'tire-maker' with a premium technology," according to Galileo CEO Alon Hayka, who noted that Trelleborg has "successfully developed vineyards related tires with our technology."
"But," Hayka said, "the scope of our innovation was much greater (and) prompted us to take the lead with our own CupWheel brand approach."
CupWheel combines radial tires and tracks with the use of accordion-shaped sidewalls, which allow the outer circumference of the tire to change shape for reduced soil-compaction and enhanced traction.
Galileo has, on the back of strong market feedback, signed a licensing agreement with Turkish tire maker Petlas. The 'dual-arm project' sees Petlas using CupWheel in the production of its own tires, while allowing an off-take opportunity for Galileo at the Turkish company's factories.
The full article will appear in the January/February 2020 issue of European Rubber Journal magazine.