Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres, the Grantham-based commercial tyre retreading specialist and tyre management solutions provider, is launching the first of a new generation of tyres featuring an enhanced sidewall protection system at the upcoming CV Show.

The new 245/70R17.5 WZY2 has been manufactured to provide operators with extra protection against kerb wear. The Vacu-Lug team have developed this innovative product, designed to provide a practical alternative to traditional solid sidewall protectors, which can have weaknesses within their design if too rigid (leading to unwanted heat build-up) and can also have high abrasion rates (due to their inability to deflect from impact with solid surfaces).

Vacu-Lug’s new tyre is designed with additional sidewall protection (ASP) and comprises 5 ribs moulded into the upper sidewall of the tyre. This pioneering sidewall protection provides greater flexibility and abrasion resistance to provide the maximum overall protection possible against kerb wear, whilst its design allows heat to dissipate more effectively. The material used to create the sidewall protection is a new compound formulation which is highly cut and tear resistant.

This tyre has all the same tread features as Vacu-Lug’s current and industry-proven WZY2 as the tread pattern has not been scaled down for the smaller 17.5” tyre. Instead, it has deliberately been kept at full scale to give the best overall performance. Full information regarding the 245/70R17.5 WZY2 will be available from Vacu-Lug’s stand in hall 4.

The Vacu-Lug team will also be on hand to discuss how their tyre management system – VMS – can benefit fleet operators throughout the UK. VMS is a bespoke online tyre management system which gives operators access to all transactions, as well as the ability to analyse fleet data in real-time using full tyre usage reports for each item of equipment. The use of the VMS system enhances compliance, fleet efficiency and, ultimately, safety.

The Vacu-Lug/Westlake stand will present a range of tyres from Vacu-Lug’s premium retread range, including the LD01 drive tyre.

In addition to Vacu-Lug’s retread products, visitors to the stand can also expect to see a selection of truck tyres on display from Westlake’s latest range, including the WDM1 drive tyre and the WSR1 steer tyre. A Westlake van tyre will also be shown on the stand.

In partnership with the global Zenises Group, Vacu-Lug is the UK distributor for all Westlake truck and bus radial tyres, which are manufactured by Zhongce Rubber (ZC Rubber) – one of the world’s leading producers of commercial vehicle tyres.

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