The forestry industry, through Forest Engineering Southern Africa (FESA), has identified central tyre inflation (CTI) as a technology requiring investigation. This is driven by the fact that transport contributes 35 to 40 % of total delivered cost of timber. It is therefore imperative that transport costs be kept as low as possible in order for the forestry industry to maintain its competitive edge.
Changes in transport technology are largely driven by the need to reduce costs. Central tyre inflation systems not only offer the benefits of improved mobility and savings in road maintenance costs, but can also reduce the two largest operational expenses on a vehicle i.e. fuel and tyres.