More than simple tools of the trade, forklifts are increasingly the focus of true fleet management by their various industrial and commercial owners. Such maturation of the material-handling industry is among the leading trends that were observed by Camso’s Product Line Executive Director, Erick Bellefleur, during the successful ProMat 2017 held in Chicago this April. This year, a record number of 900+ exhibitors spread over two halls at Chicago’s McCormick Place attracted over 40,000 material-handling professionals to the exposition.
What we see with larger fleets is that managers are becoming more and more concerned about the following question: "how much is it costing me to maintain our entire fleet of forklift trucks"? Fleet managers have maintenance budgets and tires are a significant portion of that budget. It can be up to 25 percent, even 30 percent, of the cost of operating a fleet of forklifts.
The core issue is not that the tires themselves are particularly pricey but rather that tires are collectively the leading wear part on this type of equipment.
Top 5 industry trends observed at ProMat
Traditionally tire manufacturers have offered a line of good, better and best tires each with different performance and life expectations. What we learned is that customers don’t always need a high-performance tire, but they don’t want to compromise on life. Our new line of resilient tires has been reengineered to give the best possible life in the industry regardless of your selection. Instead we offer tools such as our Usage Intensity Calculator to determine the applications intensity, ensuring the right tire is selected without over paying for performance that’s not needed. We believe in offering our customers the Lowest Operating Cost Solution (LOCS), and demonstrating the true cost of ownership, instead of simply focusing on acquisition cost.
The forklift industry is over 100 years of age. Trucks have evolved from a basic single-purpose machine into sophisticated systems that serve a growing range of industries and applications. Forklifts are expected to move loads that are heavier than ever, as well as moving them faster and lift them higher. As new forklift technologies have developed, the demands for tires has changed too. And new trends noticed at ProMat, field tests and daily discussions with customers all suggest that stress on the wheels and tires will keep increasing.
Camso R&D teams continue to develop and introduce products that address fleet management needs and industry trends. Whether it’s bringing to market tire solutions designed to offer the maximum lifespan if your application or introducing digital tools to help customers select the right tire based on the forklift application and usage such as the Usage Intensity Calculator we always ensure that you get the lowest operating cost solution.
|For more personalized purchasing advice and to learn how the trends listed above impact tire selection, visit camso.co or consult with your forklift maintenance and tire specialist.|
We serve the material handling, construction, agriculture and powersport industries by manufacturing and distributing pneumatic, airless and solid tires, tracks, driven and trailed conversion track systems and OEM undercarriages. We even operate our own foundry and go right to the source of rubber. We work from the tree to the tread.