World’s largest tyre launched in Europe

2nd September 2011

The world's largest tyre has arrived in Europe for the first time, it has been revealed.

A shipment of six Bridgestone V-Steel Rock Premium Service off-road tyres, which have a diameter of approximately 4.02 metres, were sent to Gothenburg last month before being transported to the Aitik open-pit copper mine in Lapland.

The tyres, which are designed to support loads of more than 100 tons, will be fitted to an electric version of the Caterpillar 795F mining truck, which is one of the world's largest vehicles.

"Although tyre size 59/80 R63 is used in open mines in the Americas and Australia, this is the first time that these Bridgestone tyres have been used in Europe," said Mats-Johan Adner, managing director of Bridgestone Sweden.

"We are proud that Bridgestone has been selected for one of the world's first and largest electric-drive mining trucks."

Mine operator Bolidean has already ordered a second set of six tyres and will be delivered later this month. 

Posted by Danielle Barge