Kal Tire’s Mining Tire Group has expanded to the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales by opening a new mining tyre repair facility at Muswellbrook. It is the first of several moves the company expects to make as it expands its mining tyre management service offerings in eastern Australia.
“Kal Tire has been supporting the Western Australian mining industry for many years, and we were keen to bring more of our services to customers on the east coast,” says Kal Tire Australia’s managing director Darren Flint, noting plans are under way to continue expanding in the region. “So, we’re very excited to now be able to offer mining tyre repair services in New South Wales.”
Conveniently located in the Hunter Valley coalfields, the Muswellbrook Kal Tire facility will continue to repair mining tyres that were serviced there when it was formerly operated by Goodyear.
The facility, which opened on April 1, spans nearly 10,000 square metres with 8000 square metres of hardstand, 1500 square metres of workshop space, and the remaining area for office space and a carpark. Technicians can have up to eight tyre stands in operation at any time, with the capacity to handle an extensive volume of mining tyres and the capability to repair all mining tyre sizes, up to 63 inches.
“This facility allows us to bring to New South Wales the same unique approach to tyre management our customers enjoy in eastern Australia and around the world,” says Darren Flint. “We believe in solutions that offer significant, measurable value at every stage in the mining tyre life cycle, and this is just the beginning of our plans to bring a full suite of services to the east coast.
Kal Tire’s Mining Tire Group, which employs 1600 team members and operates on more than 150 mine sites around the world, has spent the last 45 years investing in world-class repair and retread facilities, equipment and processes to maximise mining tyre investment and help improve mine site productivity.
To that end, Kal Tire’s exclusive and award-winning Ultra Repair™ technology for ultra-class tyres will be introduced into this facility towards the end of 2016. The Ultra Repair process involves replacing steel belts inside ultra-class tyres, offering an unrivalled ability to restore the original strength, integrity and performance of damaged ultra-class tyres at a fraction of the cost of new tyres.