After 40 years of global experience in the tyre industry John O’Donnell was frustrated with the poor quality that was creeping into the market he was so passionate about. John wanted to strive for excellence and quickly identified a gap in the market to supply high quality truck tyres to dealers across New Zealand.
John drew on his experience to design tyres which would have superior performance characteristics and identified 18 potential manufacturers and after personally visiting these factories appointed only one that met his rigorous standards. Six tyre molds were originally forged over two tyre patterns and Kiwi Truck Tyres was born in 2010.
Kiwi Truck Tyres now proudly represents 22 tyre models over 3 brands with international acceptance and with warehouse hubs in Auckland and Christchurch. We have made many improvements over the years to compound and structure of the tyres and more innovations will continue to meet New Zealand’s unique roading conditions.
Quality and performance, however, was only one part of Johns strategy to return excellence back to his industry. John built a business to business platform which would not cannibalise market share for valued clients and he rigorously defended not selling to end users unless they had their own fleet service. This became the Kiwi Truck Tyre founding philosophy and continues to this day.
Kiwi Truck Tyres experienced challenges and substantial growth over the next 5 years and in 2015 John quickly realised to do the company’s growth potential justice he required assistance. John has been involved with the Jones family businesses from start up and worked with the family to enable them to become a major shareholder in Kiwi Truck Tyres. John remains a shareholder and active within all aspects of the larger business opportunity.