Tupolev160
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Aircraft Tyres Manufacturers In The World

Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:12 pm

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.

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RE: Aircraft Tyres Manufacturers In The World

Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:34 pm

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.

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RE: Aircraft Tyres Manufacturers In The World

Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:01 pm

Our 170s have Dunlops. It's the first time I've seen that brand in an aviation tire. Tdscanuck named the other, more common brands.
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RE: Aircraft Tyres Manufacturers In The World

Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:57 am

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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RE: Aircraft Tyres Manufacturers In The World

Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:58 am

I have seen Nokia tires on a vintage FW 190, also...probably sold under the "Nokian" brand now that the cell phone business spun off the tire division  
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RE: Aircraft Tyres Manufacturers In The World

Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:22 pm

Goodyear has a Thai factory IIRC.

Not too long ago at work (Trucking company) I walked past a set of 717 Wheel/Tyre sets branded Goodyear Thailand
 
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RE: Aircraft Tyres Manufacturers In The World

Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:46 pm

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.

http://www.belshina.eu/
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RE: Aircraft Tyres Manufacturers In The World

Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:49 pm

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.

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