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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 “on-site solid tyre fitting” 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 including ARNCO tyre flat-proofing (USA), RAEDER VOGEL polyurethane (Germany) & CEAT earthmover tyres (India).

In 1999 the business was acquired by the SOLIDEAL International Global group of companies. The acquisition by Solideal greatly increased the supply abilities of Bearcat locally by expanding the access to premium tyres and investing in state distribution outlets.

Since 2000 Bearcat has opened distribution and central servicing branches in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Regional support was established through a SOLIDEALER network program that provides training, stock, tools and equipment to provide a high level of immediate service to remote operations.

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 completed non destructive testing (NDT), wheel certification, full axle assemblies, repairs and complete ready to fit tyre and wheel packages.

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 SOLIDEAL general purpose radials.

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,

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.

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.

BEARCAT TYRES is committed to achieving the highest customer satisfaction.

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.