Kal Tire and the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada have formed a research partnership to develop technology and innovative solutions for the mining tyre industry.
As part of the memorandum of understanding (MOU), the partnership brings together UBC’s Okanagan’s School of Engineering with the company’s innovation goals.
Dan Allan, senior vice president, Kal Tire’s Mining Tire Group, said, “We wanted to harness the knowledge and ideas of our team members to advance innovation, and through this partnership with UBC, we now have access to the skills, knowledge and facilities that we didn’t have prior.”
“Research like this fuels the innovation that takes great ideas forward.”
The agreement includes a three-year term of collaboration, where individual researchers will submit their project ideas for consideration to a small committee of both both Kal Tire and UBC Okanagan’s School of Engineering representatives.
The projects may include anything from robotics and metallurgical design to environmentally-responsible ways to use recycled tire crumb.
“As a campus committed to innovation, we look forward to bringing our research expertise to bare in this exciting new partnership,” Deborah Buszard, deputy vice-chancellor and principal of UBC’s Okanagan campus said.
“We see this partnership as another key step in our goal of helping to advance economic development opportunities in our region.”
Kal Tire has been providing services to mine sites for more than 40 years; currently servicing more than 150 mine sites across five continents.
“Being in so many different countries and geographies has really brought the need to innovate to the surface, and we’re glad that at the same time, we can support local education and opportunities,” Allan said.
Earlier this year Kal Tire acquired the Australian tyre services business from Klinge & Co., part of its wider strategy to position itself on Australia’s east coast in addition to its foothold on the west coast.