Eurotire has announced a new partnership with the Kumtor gold mine in the Tian Shan mountainous region of Krygyzstan. The OTR tyre group has established a Technical Services Department onsite and says it “remains committed to providing 24/7 OTR bias ply and radial tyre maintenance and support for the gold mine’s fleet of equipment.” As a result of the recently signed contract with Kumtor, Eurotire technicians will be on hand to assist with reducing tyre related operating cost by improving tyre and rim maintenance practices while applying Eurocare safety techniques in everyday practices. The technicians will remain on site and serve on a rotating basis.“Gold producer Kumtor operates in an extremely challenging environment at over 4,000 m above sea level, the second highest gold mining operation in the world. Partnering for even greater success, this agreement demonstrates Eurotire’s global positioning statement of: wherever you mine, we are there with service and support for our tyres,” stated the Eurotire Technical Managers currently assisting on-site. “Eurotire’s Eurocare approach demonstrates we don’t just supply OTR tyres; we care for our customers as well as their mining operations and we are here to assist them in achieving their goals.” The agreement was reached after completing multiple in-depth, full-tyre audits. Consequently, Eurotire says it was able to provide Kumtor with a detailed recommendation that ensures fully optimised tyre performance and therefore, reduce the amount of time the machines might otherwise stand idle. The on-site audit also served to help clarify the customer’s KPIs.“Using the Eurotire maintenance program guidelines set forth will ensure the mine will receive the best OTR tire performance from their tyre investment” said the company. To date, some of the Eurotire 40.00-57 tyres have already achieved over 7,000 hours of operation.