Essential information for end of life vehicle dismantling, depollution and recycling


Prolonging the life of your solid tyres

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Doosan with new TY tyres

Wayne and Victoria Collins are the owners of Tyre Boss Ltd; supplier of OTR tyres for the off-highway sector and specialist in solid tyres. As UK distributor of TY Cushion solid tyres, the company works with a range of businesses in the recycling, waste, steel and mining sectors that use cushion solid tyres to eliminate the risk of punctures and minimise machine downtime. Although TY tyres are pretty much maintenance free, Wayne has some recommendations that will increase the wear and protect the customer’s investment in solid tyres.


  • Consider rotating tyres to ensure even wear

Front tyres are prone to harder wear than back tyres. Switching the tyres round and swapping from front to back will increase the durability of solid tyres; potentially adding hundreds of hours of useful life. 

  • Check realignment regularly 
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Worn solid tyre vs new solid tyre

Whilst this sounds like obvious advice and more relevant to automotive tyres, it is still apt for solid tyres on large, off-highway machines. Tyre rotation can reveal abnormal patterns and if left misaligned can lead to premature and uneven wear and tear. 

  • Choose the right cushion solid tyre for the job

A good cushion solid supplier will be able to offer you the best compound and tyre pattern options specifically for the conditions in which the machine is being used.  Informing your supplier of the conditions and applications that your tyres will be working in will allow them to help to select the right cushion solid compound, tyre pattern and quality ensuring that you get the maximum life from your tyres.

  • Remove materials wedged into tyre segments/patterns

Even though cushion solids are puncture-proof and can take much more punishment than pneumatic tyres or tyres and tyrefill, it is common sense to keep the tyres free from general site debris. The machine won’t work at its optimum level if large foreign objects are protruding from the tyre.

  • Replace tyres when wear line is reached
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Tyre (removed from machine) with rebar stuck

As with any tyre, solid tyres have a wear line or wear indicator to show when they have reached the end of their working life. Always replace the tyres at this point as they could then become ineffective and there is risk of wheel rim damage; impacting the overall cost of replacement. 

  • Always specify solid tyres with a specialist business

Never underestimate the technical knowledge of specialist tyre companies. They can correctly advise on tyre conversions, compounds, specifications and optimum tread patterns – don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice.

For more information on the right solid tyres for your machine and application please contact the team at Tyre Boss who will be pleased to help. Email: Phone: 07484 303123. The full range of tyres can be seen at


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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.