African tyre buyers will have the widest choice of brands and fitments ever assembled at a single trade exhibition, when Tyrexpo Africa 2014 opens its doors for business in Johannesburg next March.
The global pulling-power of the three-day event is reinforced by the presence of dozens of international tyre manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors with specialist products for all market sectors, including PCR, TBR, OTR, Agricultural and Industrial.
“The range and choice of tyres available to buyers at the show will be unparalleled at a single event in South Africa,” confirms Paul Farrant, managing director of Tyrexpo Africa organiser, ECI International. “Local dealers and fleet owners looking to add new brands to their portfolios will have the widest selection of well-respected manufacturers from South Africa and across the world.”
One of those suppliers will be German wholesaler BaRo GmbH, who will be making a first appearance at the show, looking to extend its reach in Africa. BaRo is particularly strong in the TBR sector, distributing the TyRex, Antyre, Cordiant, Fullrun, Falken and Kama brands for commercial users. In the agricultural sector it supplies Belshina, BKT, Mitas, Rosava and TyRex products.
Another European wholesaler, HBI Tyres & Wheels of The Netherlands, produces retreads under the private brand BANDENMARKT® for agricultural machinery, excavators, dump trucks, port handling equipment, earthmoving and mining machinery.
HBI is also the international wholesaler of the DELCORA® (private brand), EuroGrip, Tianli, Petlas and Linglong ranges of new tyres for agricultural and heavy duty OTR applications, as well as being the global wholesaler of three makes of OTR, radial tractor and farm trailer tyres.
India’s Alliance Tire Group (ATG), which has a regional office and R&D centre in South Africa, is a leading player in the global Off-Highway Tires business with its Alliance, Galaxy and Primex brands. The group has ambitious plans to exceed a global turnover of $1 billion by 2017, with a vision of being one of the top 3 market leaders in the Agriculture, Forestry, Construction (AFC) segment, while building a strong presence in niche OTR markets such as port and mining.
For buyers of industrial and materials handling tyres, Trident International has developed a range of Solid Tyres designed for Skid Steer Loaders, Aerial Work Platforms, Wheel Loaders and Container Handlers. This equipment is usually fitted with pneumatic tyres, which can be prone to punctures and associated downtime, which is eradicated with a solid fitment. Trident says that solids have a lifespan three to five times longer than conventional pneumatic tyres and are particularly targeted at demanding applications such as construction, scrap and recycling yards, steel mills, solid waste management, ports and mines.
The show will play host to many other familiar and leading names including Beltyre Africa, Stamford Tyres, Richards Bay Tyres and Bandenmarkt, Leaderquip, Leader Rubber, Rema Tip Top, Wheelquip and Nitralife.
Since its launch in 2004, Tyrexpo Africa has established itself as an influential niche event bringing together leading domestic and international suppliers. In addition to passenger car, truck, OTR, industrial and agricultural tyres, the show will also be an important showcase for the retreading, tyre repair and recycling sectors and for suppliers of workshop equipment, tools, accessories and consumables.
Tyrexpo Africa 2014 takes place between 4-6 March at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg (SCC), South Africa.