In January, farm equipment manufacturer CLAAS awarded tire maker Mitas with the CLAAS Supplier of the Year Award 2011 for Innovation for Mitas’ CHO tire.
“Mitas won the award from among 900 serial part suppliers,” says Jens Steinhardt, Mitas’ key account manager. “Bosch Rexroth and Raba were short-listed for the innovation award.”
Mounted on CLAAS combines, the CHO tire carries heavy loads, achieving low soil compaction while keeping the vehicles’ overall width within 3.50 meters. Such narrow combines do not need escorting during road transport. “And the farmer saves money,” Steinhardt says. “The secret of CHO is in the third dimension as it increases the length of its footprint.”
Mitas developed the CHO tire in cooperation with CLAAS.
“Mitas’ research focuses on the farmer,” says Andrew Mabin, Mitas’ sales and marketing director. “This award is good news for all our customers with CLAAS acknowledging our continuous search for and introduction of innovations into our tires.”