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DEC 2012

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mining tires continued Goodyear has now developed a 63-inch tire for ultra-class haul trucks. MINExpo 2012. It is offered in two sizes: 53/80R63 and 59/80R63. Each size is available with E3/E4 tread designs. "Global demand for high-performing 63-inch OTR tires remains extremely strong, and we are proud to offer such a robust, highly engi- December 2012 neered product for the world's largest mining and earthmoving equipment," said David Anckaert, general manager, global OTR tires, Goodyear. The 63-inch tire is a natural extension of Goodyear's full OTR tire line-up, which has included 57-inch radial OTR tires for more than two decades, according to Anckaert. "Designed using advanced computer simulation tools—and developed in collaboration with some of the industry's leading original equipment manufacturers to help ensure size and performance compliance—this tire represents the culmination of all we have learned over the years, which makes it a 'must have' for mining operations that want to achieve optimal productivity while minimizing expensive downtime," Anckaert said. Features of Goodyear's 63-inch OTR tire include: • Robust steel casing and belt construction to help enhance strength; • Interlocking center grooves for extra stability; • Goodyear's CycleMax tread compound that helps promote cool running; • High-angle, non-directional grooves to help enhance traction across a wide range of demanding surfaces. Goodyear began production of 63inch OTR tires at its plant in Topeka, Kan., in late 2010. 47

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