Nokian Heavy Tyres, which focuses on special tyres for the heavy industry, concentrated its efforts on the forestry market in 2016. The new Nokian Logger king, designed for forestry machines, increased its sales within the product group due to a successful launch tour, among other things. At the same time, Nokian Heavy Tyres was able to rise to the challenges of the market in truck tyres and agricultural tyres.
The year’s most important new product was the Nokian Logger King forestry tyre, especially designed for large machines and harsh conditions. The launch tour for the tyre started in Australia in the spring, continued in Europe during the summer and ended in North America in the fall. The unique Nokian Logger King stirred up interest with its durable structure and practical characteristics, and the tour increased its sales by over 25%.
The second product introduction of the year was the Nokian Hakkapeliitta Loader, designed for use on wheel loaders. This tyre is suitable for all-year use, and it offers excellent grip especially on snow and ice.
For truck tyres, the past year was challenging due to the difficult market situation. Nokian Heavy Tyres reacted to the market challenge by means of a marketing renewal where a purposeful marketing concept with a fresh point of view was created across the entire truck tyre range.
For agricultural tyres, the challenges were even more formidable in 2016, since the whole agricultural market suffered decreasing demand and the pricing environment was really challenging.
Nokian Heavy Tyres continued investing in product development. In January 2017, four new CT tyres were introduced. Nokian CT tyres are specifically designed for heavy agricultural and earth-moving work.
Agricultural tyres from Nokian Heavy Tyres are among the highest-quality and most appreciated tyres in the market.
Distribution network development continued in 2016 with high focus on Central European areas, especially Germany and France. Europe is area of high sales potential, and it is also seeing major changes. Operational changes were also made in the Iberian peninsula and Balkan countries. One highlight of the year was Nokian Heavy Tyres’ new distributor in Australia that boosted sales significantly in the area.
In the Nordic countries, sales have remained stable except for the challenges on the truck tyres side. In North America, however, the development has been excellent, and this market in particular has been very successful in the forestry products.