Smart tyres-Is this the future?

Having smart tyres on your car, is for sure the direction the technology is taking us. Smart tyres will be able to communicate with cars in a way that the driver will have all the information at his or her disposal at all times. Italian tyre manufacturer, Pirelli, is launching a new tyre named, Connesso, which is Italian for connected. Smart tyres is a more intelligent system than the Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) that new cars nowadays use.


Smart tyres have both sensors and chips in the tyres. These are used to read and process tyre data. The smart tyres even have sensors in the tyre tread. The chip can communicate via Bluetooth to various device. Bluetooth’s advantage is that you can use a smartphone or a tablet to access the data. You will now be able to know tread wear, total milage, load on the wheel and other relevant data.  Only a few selected sports cars are  currently using system. The cars can use the data received to ensure optimal car performance. A lot of predictions can be made through a special algorithm to ensure that you get the most in terms of performance from your car. As data will be synced with the cloud, you can access it from anywhere. For this technology to become main stream, will most likely take a decade, but thinking how important the tyres are for performance and driving safety, I am sure this is the direction we will go. After making TPMS mandatory, I see this as the next natural step for the future.


Collected data will  ensure that you don’t have uneven wear on your tyres due to misalignment or  low tyre pressure. Ability to read data continuously from your tyres, makes sure that  the wear of the tyres is evenly distributed among the four tyres.  This will make sure that you get the most out of your tyres and you will save you money in the long run. Smart tyres also make you stay safer on the road while driving.

Nokia Tyres launches new Tractor Tyre

Nokian Tractor King – Revolutionary from surface to core


New tractor tyre


Nokian Tyres have launched a new tractor tyre, Nokian Tractor King. Nokian Tractor King is a new no-compromise tractor tyre for the heaviest of machinery and the most difficult terrain in forestry, earthmoving and road construction. The design from all-new tread pattern to fortified carcass is nothing short of revolutionary in a tractor tyre.


The demands set for an ultimate tractor tyre have grown difficult to meet since machine weights, horsepower and road speeds have all increased. For safe and sustainable forestry, earthmoving and road construction Nokian Tyres now presents the new Nokian Tractor King. With the supreme durability and traction of this tyre the horsepower of tractors can be transferred to the ground like never before, pushing the boundaries of what can be done with a tractor.

Nokian Tractor King



Peace of mind in all conditions

 Nokian Tractor King is revolutionary from surface to core. It essentially has the carcass of a heavy-duty earthmoving tyre, complete with steel belts, extra cord layers and Aramid-reinforced sidewalls. This combined with strong rubber compound makes it extremely resistant against cuts and punctures of forestry, earthmoving and road construction work.

From surface to core

Many lugged tyres suffer from vibration problems, worsening with speed and tyre wear. Nokian Tractor King offers smooth ride on high speeds as well.Its durability, wear-resistance and environmentally friendly production process make it a sustainable choice for modern forestry, giving the driver peace of mind in all conditions.


Main features


  • 50% more tractive edges

Compared to conventional lug pattern. All-new tread pattern gives grip on all terrains from sticky clay to loose sand.


  • Maximum speed 65 km/h

Economical kilometres. Innovative, wear-resistant tread design for comfortable, cost-efficient mileage.


  • High load capacity 320 kPa

Durability for toughest conditions. Revolutionary core and sidewall design for top-class puncture-resistance.


Innovations for daily work

With over 120-year experience Nokian Tyres makes forestry work all over the world safer and more sustainable. From game-changing ideas to the tested and trusted products, in the very core of Nokian Heavy Tyres business is knowing the world where tyres operate in. Driven by real life, Nokian Tyres constantly aims to exceed all previous achievements. So, in the end of the day, the work gets done safely and efficiently. Technology and service leadership come from experience and innovation, from deeply valuing the daily work.

Presented at Euroforest 2018 by Nokian Tyres: 

  • Foresty – broad selection of premium and replacement tyres for CTL machines, skidders and forestry tractors
  • Agriculture – Nokian Hakkapeliitta TRI for tractors and Nokian CT flotation tyres for trailers
  • Trucks and buses – New Nokian E-Truck Trailer designed for Central European medium and regional haul transport, and premium all-season drive axle tyre Nokian Hakka Truck Drive
  • Passenger cars – SUV/ 4×4 summer tyres Nokian Rockproof and Nokian Rotiiva AT

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Winter Tyre giant strengthens its summer tyre expertise

Nokian Tyres will add a new test centre in Spain in addition to the two test centres that they have in Finland. They will now be able to test and develop even better tyres for the summer seasons, through summer tyre testing capabilities. Nokian Tyres have previously tested summer tyres in both in South Africa and in Southern Europe. With this centre, they will be able to further enhance the development to continuously improve the performance of the tyres.


Tyre Testing

The new centre will be finished in 2020 and will have 10 different tracks for summer tyre testing. The two test centres that they have in Finland in Nokia and Ivalo are great for testing summer tyres in Nordic summer conditions.  Winter tyre testing will be done  in extreme snow and ice conditions.  When it comes to winter tyres, Nokian Tyres is the world leader. By adding this centre it will be able to cover all seasons and weather climates.

Adding research and development facilities shows that Nokian Tyres is committed to continuously develop betted and safer tyres for all weather conditions. They produce tyres for both cars, electric cars, SUVs and trucks. Even  tyres for big trucks and heavy tyres for heavy duty machines are produced by Nokia Tyres.


Importance of Testing

You will only be able to improve the rubber compounds and the tread design by continuous testing. They will need to test rolling resistance, wet grip, brake distance and tyre wear. They will test how they perform at high speeds and how they can take corners.


If you will invest in a set of Nokian Tyres summer tyres, you will know that you will get a tyre from a producer with a lot of commitment in producing great tyres for every season. If you want optimal performance from your tyre during the summer, you need to invest in a dedicated summer tyre.




How summer heat will impact your car

There are few items to make sure the you acknowledge during the summer when it comes to your car and your to your safety. Take measurements to ensure that your car and your summer tyres are able to take the heat. There has been some reports lately in social media accord to a UK magazine , that you should avoid filling up your tank during hot weathers, as the car might explode. This is of course not correct, the tank has been designed to handle any gasoline vapour.



The windshield can crack if it is exposed to direct sunlight on scorching days. This is due to the fact that the glas will expand, which can cause cracking. So a good tip is to try to park in the shade, which should anyways be preferable once you get back into your car.


Sun and Heat Effects on Summer Tyres

The heat has a negative effect on tyres. The tyre pressure increases with increased heat, which can lead to higher wear. You also have the impact that the tyre starts to dry out, due to oils in the rubber will evaporate. Optimally you should have a dedicated summer tyre for optimal performance during this period and under no circumstances should you drive on winter tyres during the summer period.


Effect of sunlight on tyres
Summer tyre

Direct sunlight causes the UV to break down the tyre, so try to park in the shade and also do not store your winter tyres out in the sun. They should be stored safely in a dark cool place.


Impact on the interior

Leather seating is negatively affected by direct sunlight as well as heat, as the leather dries out. To prevent this, use leather conditioner on a regular basis.


The dashboard tends to be exposed to direct sunlight, to ensure that it doesn’t change colour, make sure to also use appropriate interior cleaning products.


Batteries and heat

The batteries last shorter time in hot conditions. It has been reported that approximately 15% of the breakdowns during the summers are due to battery problems. To avoid this make sure that that you enough distilled water in the battery.



For when you are not driving, it is always best to keep the car out of the sun and preferable park it in a garage. The tyres are affected by the heat and as being a big part of the car’s safety. It is always important to keep the tyres in good condition. Check that you have sufficient tread depth and your tyre pressure is correct as per the car manual.