Camoplast Solideal to invest in entire new construction product range as part of growth strategy
Ferreol Tournebize, market development manager construction tires EMEA, Camoplast Solideal
Ambitious off-road tyres, wheels, rubber tracks and undercarriage systems manufacturer Camoplast Solideal (CP) is to launch an entire new construction-based product range over the next two to three years after a significant increase in its R&D spend.
The Canadian company has this week launched three new tyres for skid steer machines: the SKS 732 and 775, both pneumatic, and the 793S. It is also showcasing its new 533 soil compactor tyre.
Chief operating officer François Augnet said the skid steer tyre launches represented the start of the all-new CP construction range line-up.
“We are doing a complete overhaul of our construction range, bringing innovations step by step. You see it in the skid steers that we have redesigned and taken in the evolution of the market. We have changed the guard to have further reliability of all tyres, and to protect them.”
Augnet said the next new products will be new G2 tyres for telehandlers for the North American market, along with new G2 and G3 tyres for motor graders.
“What we’ve done over the last few months is invested in our engineering team in order to have more capacity to process more product volume, and to redesign the range. On construction tyre products, we have increased our research and development spend by 50% over the last six months. It’s going to stay at that level for a number of years now.”
As well as its construction-based products, CP also manufacture products to serve the material handling, construction, agricultural and power sports industries.
Having already invested heavily in its manufacturing facilities in Sri Lanka, in November 2014 CS opened a new state-of-the-art parts 25,000m² warehouse in the country. The company also has R&D and manufacturing sites in other parts of Asia, along with North and South America and Europe.