Bearcat Tyres was established in Sydney in 1973 primarily as an industrial tyre supplier on behalf of its USA parent company BEARCAT. The focus: “To meet the demands of a growing forklift population & select the very best staff to provide material handling companies with the very best products & services”. Bearcat was considered a “pioneer” by introducing mobile press trucks to provide an on-site solid tyre fitting service for material handling equipment corporations, transport companies and large fleets.
In 1986 BEARCAT TYRES became a privately owned family business keen to expand supply by adding “best in class” products from world wide leading manufactures including ARNCO tyre flat-proofing (USA), RADER VOGEL polyurethane (Germany) & CEAT earthmover tyres (India).
In 1999 the business was acquired by the SOLIDEAL International Global group of companies. As world leaders in forklift and construction tyres this provided a huge opportunity to grow our national footprint and become a key wholesaler to the market. Our range grew to a product line of over 66,000 items and Bearcat became the leading wholesaler of industrial tyres and construction tracks via new branches established in most capital cities.
In February 2004 Bearcat opened an owned and self operated wheel manufacturing facility based from the Girraween location. The main focus to was to provide local customers with a highly engineered range of wheels and rims to provide better longevity in standard and heavy duty applications.
Further to production the wheel division completes rim Non Destructive Testing (N.D.T), wheel certification, full axle assemblies, repairs and complete ready to fit tyre and wheel packages. Our local wheel refurbishment services quickly expanded and today Bearcat is proud partner to many leading tyre suppliers, mining companies and to the general port, forklift and aviation industries.
In 2007 Bearcat Tyres began testing specialised radial mining tyres in conjunction with key business partners across Australia. With very successful results, radial AMBERSTONE, DURATOUGH and HILO tyres were selected and became part of our growing product range to accompany NEW SOLIDEAL radial earthmover tyres.
In 2008 specialised the first of our specialty designed tyre grab tracks or “CEMS trucks” used for safe on-site large tyre fitting were being rolled out. Immediate supply and fit capabilities were now possible to large industrial, port service and earthmoving tyre servicing contracts.
To effectively service remote locations Bearcat embarked on a national dealer program to improve service provided for for forklifts and industrial equipment. The SOLIDEALER network was created providing tools, presses, mobile press trucks and trailer presses along with industry leading hands on training for independent tyre companies approved to support SOLIDEAL product.
In 2009 the SOLIDEALER network grew to 30 SOLIDEALERS and over 60 approved SOLIDEALER Subcontractors who completed installation of Solideal products ine the most remote locations including outback NT.
In 2009 New “Silver Bullet” quick response mobile press trucks were also being incorporated into the fleet to provide more support to our growing material handling business across the nation. A focus for lower emissions, cleaner running, lower noise pollution and better ergonomics were incorporate into the designs for the betterment of the future. Isuzu recognized the innovation of Bearcat’s press trucks with numerous feature articles.
In October 2010 Bearcat Tyres completed the transition to becoming a member of the CAMOPLAST SOLIDEAL Group as part of the global merger between SOLIDEAL and CAMOPLAST INC.
In 2012 Bearcat launched the new CAMOPLAST rubber track range for the Australian market through key strategic partners. The product line is the largest in Australia covering tracks to suit Mini Ex, CTL, MTL, Agri, Construction and Powersport machines. CAMOPLAST quickly became the fastest selling brand of construction tracks in the Australian market.
Camoplast Solideal Inc. — maker of Solideal industrial and OTR tyres — changed our name to Camso Ltd. on July 10th, 2015 and we’ll go to market as the “Road Free” company.
“The launch of Camso highlights the success our company has achieved in just a few years,” said Camso Chairman and CEO Pierre Marcouiller (MAGOG, Quebec), who claims the firm is the world’s second-largest specialized player in the production of tyres, tracks and track systems for off-the-road vehicles used in materials handling, construction, agriculture and powersports.
Camso has grown 10-fold in sales in the past seven years to more than $1 billion in annual revenue, based on a combination of acquisitions and organic growth. To put its position in perspective, Camso said it “puts 100 percent of its effort on 11 percent of the global tyre and track market: the off-the-road market.”
Under Mr. Marcouiller’s direction, Camoplast embarked on a growth-by-acquisition strategy, including the purchase in September 2010 of Solideal Group, with manufacturing sites in Europe, North America and Asia, and more than 100 distribution and service locations throughout the world.
Since then our firm has continued to grow by acquisition. Among recent purchases includes Eastwood Tyres of Auckland, New Zealand in May 2015.
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Our ability to provide the widest range of high performing products means our valued customers are supplied the right product for the application installed at the highest professional standard.