Tires are one of those things that I think of about twice a year – in the fall when it’s time for the snow tires to go on, and again in the spring when it’s time for them to come off.
And when I need a new set of either one, I moan about the hassle and get annoyed at having to spend the money. In the back of my mind, I know that it’s not a smart idea to skimp on something so directly related to personal safety, yet I still hope to get away with spending as little as possible.
I don’t give any thought to how they’re made, what they’re made of, or what the latest tire science says – I just want them to do the job I’ve bought them for, which is get me safely from one spot to another without problems.
This past week I had the chance to learn a bit – ok, more than I ever thought I would – about tires by participating in a press tour of BKT Industries’ newest tire-making plant. BKT is a global leader in off-highway tire manufacturing, especially in agriculture, but also increasingly in sectors like construction and mining. (more…)