Dunlop Aircraft Tyres is unveiling the latest products in its commercial aircraft line here at the show (Hall 4 Stand C13). The UK-based firm has introduced a new radial main wheel tire for the French-built ATR 72 regional airliner and has started flight trials for radial main wheel and bias nosewheels on the aircraft’s smaller sibling, the ATR 42.
The company is also debuting its second-generation radial tires for the Embraer 170/175 family of regional jetliners, the majority of which are currently equipped with Dunlop tires, according to the company. The developmental version of the tire, exhibited for the first time here at Farnborough International 2012, will offer airlines improvements such as increased landing life and reduced weight.
Through its Asian joint venture distribution and retreading business, Dunlop Taikoo (Jinjiang) Aircraft Tyres Ltd., Dunlop said it has more than doubled sales of tires in China over the first six months of 2012 as compared to the same period in the previous year. The business, which started operating in 2009 in conjunction with Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering, serves customers in India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines. It saw volume of retreads in the region grow by 114 percent over the same period.