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    Dates                  – 6th to 8th June 2018

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    Venue                  – Atlapa Convention Center, Panama





    Exhibition            – THE TIRE COLOGNE

    Dates                  – 29th May to 1st June 2018

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    Dates                  – 23rd to 27th April 2018

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Company News

  • Senior Industry Executive joins GRI as Sales Director, Europe

    GRI has added a highly experienced and respected executive to its senior sales team to increase momentum of the company’s rapid global expansion with its portfolio of Specialty Tires.

    Mr. Kurt Verbrugge joins GRI as its Sales Director responsible for the European region. Mr. Verbrugge comes with over 20 years of industry experience at CAMSO where he served as OEM Sales Director EMEA Agriculture. Before this role he was OEM Business Development Director for Camoplast Solideal. Mr Verbrugge is skilled in International Sales Management and specialized in the fields of Agriculture and Industrial tires.

    GRI Managing Director, Mr. Prabhash Subasinghe states that, “Kurt’s experience and knowledge will benefit our European customers and support the continuous growth of GRI’s distribution network in Europe.”

    Mr. Verbrugge further commented “I am very pleased to join the ambitious plans of GRI and look forward to taking this great company to the next level.”

  • GRI Hires Maury Shnier as Sales & Marketing Director, Americas

    GRI (Global Rubber Industries) is pleased to announce that it has hired Mr. Maury Shnier to be its Sales and Marketing Director for the Americas. Mr. Shnier was previously with CAMSO, where most recently he held the post of Executive Director, Sales & Operations for the Material Handling Aftermarket division in Canada and the USA.

    Having established itself as a trusted and reliable supplier of high-quality Industrial tires for Material Handling applications, GRI will be significantly expanding its product offering into Agriculture and Construction tires with the grand opening of its new factory in January 2018. Mr. Shnier will be leading GRI’s efforts to expand its sales, distribution and dealer network to support the full scope of its enhanced product offering across the Americas. In the US his focus will be on Agriculture and Construction tires, as GRI is well established in Industrial tires.

    “I am excited to be joining the GRI team to help them reach the full potential of their sizable investments in new manufacturing capabilities. Having seen their existing products in the market and witnessed their strong relationships, I look forward to ensuring the company continues that momentum as it branches out into new products and territories.” said Mr. Shnier.

    GRI Managing Director, Mr. Prabhash Subasinghe stated that, “As we continue to grow and expand our reach, senior professionals such as Maury will ensure that we do so diligently and rapidly in the Americas.”

  • GRI Introduces New Agriculture Tires at Agritechnica

    GRI is proud to introduce its latest product range of Specialty Tires to the world at Agritechnica in Germany. GRI, one of world’s premium manufacturers of solid tires for forklifts, has embarked its next strategic move to further expand and diversify its products in the lucrative Agriculture and Construction Industry.
    GRI’s Agriculture tire brands, GREENEX representing its Cross-Ply Agriculture product range and GREENXLR, representing its Diagonal-Ply Radial Agricultural product range; cover rim diameters ranging from 22.5 to 50 inches. These tires are designed and developed integrating cutting-edge technology and industry expertise. Infusing innovation, the Heat Dissipating Notch, is a remarkable feature established to contribute a longer run time, improved fuel efficiency and increased tire durability. In addition, the ingenious Mud Breakers prevent mud from sticking to the tire while the salient tread design channels dirt out of the tire, which maintains the tire weight and once again improves fuel efficiency. Moreover, the round shoulders of GREENEX as well as GREENXLR minimize soil compaction and protects your fields.
    These high-flex Agriculture tires cover a range of tread patterns, feature high load carrying capacity at low inflation pressure, reduced soil compaction, exceptional traction, cut resistance and flexible sidewalls. Furthermore, the lug angles are optimized for dual effective usage, both on the field and road, resulting in fuel efficiency.
    These exceptional Agriculture tires will be produced in GRI’s latest state-of-the-art factory in Sri Lanka; this brand-new factory will be the largest in Sri Lanka dedicated to produce specialty tires. GRI’s Managing Director, Prabhash Subasinghe stated, “I was born and raised in Sri Lanaka, an island known for its rich agricultural history dating back more than 2500 years; I myself first initiated my career with my family’s agricultural business. It is with this passion and sincerity that I wish to uplift the farmers all over the world, by supplying them with tires that deliver exceptional value and an assured performance.” Mr. Subasinghe further specified, “Our factory is equipped with the latest machinery and the most innovative technology to produce the highest quality tires in the industry. We have further taken on the social responsibility of using the benefits of solar panels, biomass boilers and waste management systems focused on protecting our environment for the next generation. We are also proud to be enhancing Sri Lanka’s export basket via the inclusion of a new export item, namely Agriculture Radial Tires.”
    GRI will announce further details on other New Product Lines of Construction and Pneumatic Material Handling Tires, at the GRI Press Conference at Agritechnica, in the Berlin Room on Wednesday the 15th November 2017 at 11:30 am. GRI can also be found at Agritechnica in Hall 03, stand G24.

  • GRI Debuts one of the Widest Industrial Solid tires

    From factories to warehouses to logistic centers and ports, GRI offers industrial tires for various applications.
    Benefited from wide industry experience and expertise, GRI tires are designed, developed and produced at one of
    the newest manufacturing plants in the nation. Equipped with state of art production equipment and top of the
    line operating procedures, GRl’s solid tire plant has the capacity to manufacture over 400,000 tires annually.

    GLOBESTAR was the first tire to be produced at GRI in 2002. It was with this universally appealing tire that GRI
    successfully entered and captured the global market. GLOBESTAR will forever be the tire that started it all and
    the tire that brought GRI over one and a half decades of opportunity, accomplishment and pride. With the advancement of industry needs and to lift GLOBESTAR into the next-generation, GLOBESTAR Wide Tread (WT) was conceptualized by GRI owing to diligent observation in the market and listening to customer feedback. When GRI identified the need for a wider industrial tire, team GRI took the initiative to embark on yet another pioneering endeavor.

    Through research and analysis of the global market, GRI found that the industrial tire market, specifically Asia,
    had an increasing need for wide tires to support demands of high load carrying capacity, extensive tire life
    and assurance towards tire stability. GLOBESTAR WT is designed to be a truly universal solid tire that
    consistently delivers a high- level of functionality. It is designed and developed to be one of the widest tires in
    the industry.

  • GRI lays foundation for Next-Generation tire factory in Sri Lanka

    GRI (Global Rubber Industries) laid the foundation for the construction of its latest Specialized Tire factory in Badalgama, Sri Lanka on 4th January 2017. This factory will be focused on producing pneumatic tires for Agriculture, Industrial, Off the Road and Construction vehicles. All the products are destined for the export market.
    “I am proud to lay the foundation for the next phase of growth for GRI in Specialty Tires. This factory will be designed and equipped with state-of-the-art technology, will focus on technical innovation, precision engineering and operational excellence. It will rank among the best in the world.” says Mr Prabhash Subasinghe, Managing Director of GRI.
    GRI will invest over USD 40 million in the new factory, which will be built on 10 acres of land belonging to GRI adjacent to its current solid industrial tire factory in Badalgama, Sri Lanka.
    GRI has been producing and supplying high-performance solid industrial tires to countries worldwide. The new GRI factory will be the largest in Sri Lanka dedicated to produce Specialty tires. It will also be the first in Sri Lanka to produce Radial Agriculture Tires.
    “Strategic expansion of GRI into manufacturing of Specialty Tires is a historic event for both the company and the Sri Lankan Rubber Industry. GRI will strengthen the implementation of the Government Rubber Master Plan. Our new plant is expected to commence trial production by the end of 2017.” Says Mr Ananda Caldera, Executive Director of GRI who is leading now leading its efforts in Specialty Tire production.
    A track record for high quality, bold initiatives and sound innovation have taken GRI tires to the top of a customer’s choice. GRI has created a high-value offer, won many awards for business excellence and grown rapidly to join the top league of industrial tire producers in the world. With its next-generation Specialty Tire factory, GRI has great hopes in growing further in this billion-dollar industry worldwide.

  • GRI acquires Leffler Industrial Tires in the United States

    GRI (Global Rubber Industries) has acquired Leffler Industrial Tire & Rubber Track, Inc. and Kentucky Industrial Tire, Inc., two privately held companies that retail and service industrial tires in the United States. Leffler Industrial Tire is an Indianapolis based company that specializes in industrial forklift tires for the material handling industry. It currently offers product and services in Illinois and Indiana. Kentucky Industrial Tire based in Louisville and Lexington offers the same products and services in Kentucky.
    Mike and Sherri Leffler founded Leffler Industrial Tire in March 2009 in Indiana and recently expanded operations in January 2016 to establish Kentucky Industrial Tire, Inc. The Lefflers have grown their businesses and revenues year-on-year at a noteworthy pace and to a level that attracted GRI. Their companies offer a wide portfolio of tires for the material handling and construction industry. The core products are solid resilient and press on band tires for forklifts, polyurethane tires, construction tires, skid steer tires, OTR tires and rubber tracks. Services offered include mobile onsite installation and poly fill solutions.
    “GRI has been a trusted and reliable supplier for many years with a strong commitment to high quality industrial tires. It is a privilege to now be a part of this multinational company. This union allows us to continue providing premium tires with outstanding service to our customers while expanding our footprint.” states Mike Leffler, president of Leffler Industrial Tire and Kentucky Industrial Tire.
    “I am proud to announce the acquisition of the companies, which will strengthen the business and reach of GRI in the United States. Along with our long established office in Georgia, GRI will now be able to provide our customers in the US products and services at a level beyond their expectations,” says Mr Prabhash Subasinghe, Managing Director of GRI.
    GRI will broaden its geographical reach, enhance its distribution channels and accelerate its route to market in other regions within the United States with its acquisition of Leffler and Kentucky Industrial Tires. The synergies of both companies will enable GRI to reinforce its position as a prominent supplier of specialty tires in the United States.

  • Presidential Awards 2016 – GRI won the Special Overall Award for Excellence in Sustainable Development 2015

    GRI is privileged and proud to announce that our company was presented the important Award for Excellence in Sustainable Development at the recently held Presidential Awards 2015 in Sri Lanka.

  • Global Rubber Industries leading the Solid Tire manufacturing in Sri Lanka

    Leading Solid Tire manufacture in Sri Lanka, Please refer

Industry Updates

  • Rubber Asia magazine July-August 2013

    Global Rubber Industries (Pvt.)Ltd. is a leading solid industrial tire manufacturing and exporting company in Sri Lanka, with a sales network in over 50 countries worldwide. Please refer

  • Global Rubber Industries appoints Wholesale Industrial Tire Ltd as new UK dealer

    As Sri Lanka’s leading solid tire manufacturer, Global Rubber Industries (GRI), is happy and proud to announce the appointment of Wholesale Industrial Tires Ltd, headed by John H Grey, as their new dealer in the UK. (Media Release with Forkliftaction- 8th November 2012.)
    Please refer

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