Dunlop Aircraft Tyres (Booth M93) is exhibiting new radial tires for regional aircraft including the Embraer E-Jets and ATR 42/72. “This product innovation, combined with our new tire distribution and retreading facility in China, gives aircraft operators increased choice…in this expanding market,” said Ian Edmonson, the company’s chairman. Dunlop’s Asia Pacific customers include China Eastern Airways, Lion Air, SpiceJet and Qantas link.
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.
Having celebrated its 100th birthday last month, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres is working toward the lofty goal of doubling the size of its business, profitably, by 2013. “We made this strategy before the recession and it has become more challenging to the extent that it might push the timeline out,” acknowledged chairman and managing director Ian Edmonson.
Goodyear Tire and Rubber grabbed some traction in the aviation tire business with a series of contracts signed just before this year’s show. Most recently, it chose its second aviation tire evaluation center, the 43 Air School in Port Alfred, South Africa. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, serves as Goodyear’s other evaluation center.
Michelin still has to decide whether to offer its near-zero-growth tire technology to the Boeing 787 program. The U.S. airframer has already selected the French manufacturer as a 787 supplier, but the tire maker has yet to fully weigh the pros and the cons of employing the NZG material that is already available for the Airbus A380 and A340-500/600 airliners and Dassault Falcon 7X business jet.