New Israeli company Galileo Wheel (Galileo) is easing into agricultural tyre production with its new design system, said to offer “superior technology” for farm tyres. According to a company statement, its CupWheel system combines radial tyres and tracks with the use of accordion-shaped sidewalls along the outer circumference of the tyre to change its shape and enable reduced soil-compaction and enhanced traction. Started up barely ten years ago, Galileo intends to “go solo as a ‘tyre-maker’ with a premium technology.”
While the company has “successfully developed vineyards-related tyres” with Swedish Trelleborg and been in a long-term, exclusive licensing agreement with Czech tyre-maker Mitas, currently part of the Trelleborg group, CEO Alon Haykaelaborates, “the scope of our innovation was much greater [and] prompted us to take the lead with our own CupWheel brand approach.”
Hayka added that Galileo has recently signed a licensing agreement with Turkish tyre manufacturer Petlas – the ‘dual-arm project’ will see Petlas using CupWheel in the production of its own tyres, simultaneously allowing an off-take opportunity for Galileo at the Turkish company’s factories.