Tupolev160 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8240 times:
Do you know which are the main tyre manufacturers in the world and whether there is any outside of Western Europe and Japan? Do you know some examples of which airlines use which tyre types etc.? Also, who used to manufacture tyres for Soviet planes in ex-USSR and who makes them now for the very large Antonovs for example? Would be thankful for any details on those.
tdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12710 posts, RR: 80
Reply 1, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 8204 times:
Quoting Tupolev160 (Thread starter): Do you know which are the main tyre manufacturers in the world and whether there is any outside of Western Europe and Japan?
For the bigger stuff Goodyear (US), Michelin (France), and Bridgestone (US) are big players. Ownership is complicated...Bridgestone is Japanese but the aircraft tires are made mostly in the US, Dunlop is British but now owned by Goodyear, etc. There definitely are manufacturers outside Japan and Western Europe.
For Russian stuff, at least Neoos is in that game, I don't know who the others are.
KELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6659 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 8012 times:
As I recall, for large transports, BF Goodrich is still around. I know that BF Goodrich still exists as an aerospace company, but they sold their (automotive?) tire business to Michelin (who still sells BF Goodrich branded tires here in the USA-popular for off-road trucks and SUV's). No idea if the aircraft tire business was wrapped up in the sale of the tire division to Michelin or not...
For GA planes, you have the big three: Goodyear, Michelin, and McCreary. McCreary is a specialty tire manufacturer here in the US, who also makes replacement tires for antique cars (like Ford Model T's and Model A's). They will also produce custom tires for vintage automobiles that require them. Most flight schools that I've known have favored Goodyear...not sure if that is because of durability or favorable contract terms
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Tupolev160 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 7787 times:
Ok, thank you, but anyone has an idea about who produced the tyres for the Russian planes in the Soviet era? I doubt it was GoodYear or Michelin but who knows. Did Belshina ever produced aircraft tyres(?), cause they seem specialized in a lot of heavy stuff.
overloaduk From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2009, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7629 times:
Goodyear Dunlop aircraft tyres are all produced at fort Dunlop Birmingham (next to the shopping complex) you can see it and often there is tyres outside. I am not sure if this is also a remoulding plant.