The Scottish ‘home’ of Goodyear Farm Tyres is growing fast – with the leading agricultural tyre manufacturer playing a vital part in the success.

Soltyre is its distributor across Scotland and is seeing its business rapidly expand. Back in 2017, Soltyre – Scotland’s leading independent tyre supplier for cars, farm machinery and virtually anything in between – had only one branch at its former headquarters in Dumfries.

Just two years on and despite a period dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, the company has opened sites in Brechin, Airdrie and East Linton, expanded into England at Sowerby Bridge, Middlesbrough and Penrith and opened satellite centres in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Perth.

The company's link-up with Goodyear Farm Tyres began in 2019 and the relationship has gone from strength to strength.

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Proving particular popular is Goodyear’s Optitrac range, a firm favourite with farmers who appreciate its performance on both road and in the field. These tyres are capable of working up to speeds of 65km/h and feature a wear-resistant tread compound to maximise durability.

Fiona Raeburn, group administration manager for Soltyre, said: “We are delighted to be an official distributor for Goodyear Farm Tyres. The name resonates with farmers in Scotland and we are certainly seeing strong demand for the products, most notably the Optitracs and the Super Ribs.

“Our Brechin branch, in particular, has a strong agricultural presence in its customer base and the Goodyear tyres sell extremely well there.

“We are a growing business and to have a partnership with a major global brand such as Goodyear Farm Tires certainly helps drive that ambition.”

Lindsay Hart, European sales director for Goodyear, said: “We’ve worked with Soltyre over the last couple of years and they provide extremely strong coverage across Scotland.

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“Despite the coronavirus crisis, we have seen the demand for our products remain strong and we have ambitious plans for 2022 and beyond.

“Our distribution network is constantly growing across Europe and we look forward to building on those strong foundations.”

Titan International has been manufacturing Goodyear ag tyres in America for more than a decade and purchased the licence for the European and UK markets. It has also made a significant investment in new plant and equipment to manufacture tyres specifically for the European market.