The demands in logistics operations have been increasingly challenging over the past couple of years. The different vehicles and the tires they run must be designed to handle intense and extreme conditions. In industrial operations, there are forklifts, container handlers, reach stackers, and skid steers that can be running 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, so increased productivity is important. Moving the most product in the least amount of time is the ultimate goal. 


Having tires that can endure the excessive demands of the environment and reduce any unnecessary downtime is crucial in industrial operations. The tires in these applications need to provide stability, traction, high load capacity, strength, and driver comfort. Some machines run at high speeds. others work in high heat situations, and many carry extremely heavy loads. Others run on smooth surfaces, while some on rough, sharp terrains. Whatever the environment, the tires used need to be designed to handle the specific conditions in which they operate to provide for maximum performance.


Because of this, tire manufacturers have been developing compounds to increase the performance of tires. BKT is continually developing new compounds to help tires last longer and wear better. Some of the compounds BKT has developed are highly resistant to cutting and tearing and prevent chunking. Other compounds can withstand ultra-high heat or transport heavy loads while maintaining improved TMPH. Each tire is designed to provide for optimum functionality for a particular application. 

The tires for forklifts lift and carry heavy loads. The BKT MAGLIFT line provides the best performance for both safety and load capacity. They have special compounds to improve resistance to cuts and tears and give excellent load distribution for increased stability. The BKT All-Steel LIFTMAX tire line gives maximum strength in the reinforced sidewall and operates with a low rolling resistance for lower operating costs and a longer life cycle. LIFTMAX also ensures driver comfort and stability even at higher speeds.

Container handlers in port operations get the best productivity from the BKT POWER TRAX HD models. The extra sidewall protection, tough casing, and cut and chip resistance compounds prevents damage against flats and punctures. It comes in a smooth version or one with deep tread for rough surfaces.

In high lift and transport operations, reach stackers need tires that provide extra stability when carrying heavy objects. The BKT PORTMAX PM 90 is a strong all-steel tire with anti-static compound to ensure resistance to heat and extend tire life. It offers reduced rolling resistance that improves fuel economy over the life of the tire. 


BKT has a full line of tires to meet the demanding needs for logistics operations to help keep equipment running as efficiently as possible. By developing compounds to improve a tires performance, BKT can help operations run smoothly by preventing downtime to increase profits to the bottom line. 

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Modern Contractor Solutions, August 2022
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