How are tyres made

They have come along way since the pioneers of the pneumatic tyre. In 1845 Robert Thomson came up with the concept of an air filled chamber around the wheel, but it wasn't developed and patented until 1887 by a certain John Boyd Dunlop and the “Tyre” as we know was born.

This is a work of art!  Technology is constantly changing with the use of new materials and tread designs.  There are 2 types of tyre construction:  X-Ply & Radial.

X-Ply tyres are still used on Vintage cars, Agricultural and Horticultural machines.  These contain very little metal and the carcass of the tyre is made up of layers of Nylon & Rayon applied in a woven cross pattern.  Hence the name X-Ply, these were generally very heavy and have poor handling & wear qualities.

Radial tyres are standard on all Car and Commercial vehicles since around the 1960's.  They contain metal in the tread area which gives the a better puncture resistance.  Radial tyres also contain materials like Silica.  The challenge for tyre designers is to build a tyre that has:

Good handling capabilities.
Wet braking.
Fuel efficiency.
Low noise.

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WHY harleston tyres?

We are a family business established in 1984, offering a high standard of service. Schrader trained on TPMS. As well as all types of new tyres and repairs, we also supply Exhausts, Brakes, Batteries, Number Plates to DVLA standard, Garden Machinery servicing and sales, Major repairs for agricultural tyres in house, mobile tyre fitting for agricultural and commercial. Part of Fleet tyre network offering fleet customers good service

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  • Units 3A - C
  • Fuller Road
  • Harleston Industrial Estate
  • Harleston
  • Norfolk
  • IP20 9EA
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