Continental Increases Production at Pre-Cured Tread Plant

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Continental recently announced that it has increased production at its pre-cured tread manufacturing plant in Mount Vernon to meet high retread demand.

Due to its high-tech manufacturing process and retread sales growth, the plant has equipped itself to meet an expected 300 percent increase in production this year. To support the additional volume requirements, Continental hired a second shift of production employees in March.

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New tread from Vipal introduces special abrasion resistance tech

In North America Vipal has launched a new tread – the VM540. Suitable for both paved and unpaved roads, the VM540 is designed for retreading of trailer and drive axle tires and is also useable in off-road and regional applications. It offers high adhesion on different types of surfaces.

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Continental Appoints John Cox to Enhance Support for ContiLifeCycle Retread Partners Worldwide

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FORT MILL, S.C. – April 12, 2019. Continental, one of the largest automotive suppliers and tire manufacturers in the world, has hired retread industry veteran John Cox to enhance process technologies for its ContiLifeCycle retread partners worldwide. The newly created position, Global Technical Services, emphasizes the company’s commitment to supporting partner shops producing ContiTread™ retreads.

“We are partnering with our retread shops around the world to maximize productivity and quality and to drive process innovation,” said Catherine Loss, Continental’s global head of retread. “Optimizing each shops’ processes and systems allows us to deliver the superior quality and service levels that our global fleet customers expect, so they can achieve the lowest overall driving cost.”

Cox has more than 20 years of experience in the North American retreading industry, working for the industry-leading corporate supplier as well as directly in retread manufacturing. This experience as both a supplier and customer gives Cox a unique perspective on how to implement practical improvements throughout the process. He also supported the development of IT software solutions for retread manufacturing, ensuring that Continental’s systems will continue to support the needs of ContiLifeCycle partners. His broad experience and expertise will deliver actionable recommendations to improve both Continental and dealer processes.

With close to 60 ContiTread™ retread shops worldwide, 30 located in the U.S. and Canada, Continental delivers the support network that independent retreaders need to thrive. Two U.S. partners, Piedmont Truck Tires and Conlan Tire, opened additional locations in 2018, a testament to the growth that ContiLifeCycle partners can experience.

One of the largest automotive suppliers and tire manufacturers in the world, Continental develops pioneering technologies to make fleets safer, more efficient, and more connected. With innovative tire technology and digital fleet solutions, Continental optimizes tire lifecycle management to deliver the Lowest Overall Driving Cost.

Bridgestone unveils Bandag retread for on-/off-road applications

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NASHVILLE — Bridgestone Americas Inc. has added an on-/off-road drive-axle tread design, the BLSS, to its line of Bandag-brand precured tread rubber products.

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Mergers, acquisitions help to define 2018

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Merger-and-acquisition activity soared to unprecedented heights in 2018, especially in the North American wholesale and retail sectors.

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The wide-base super-single story no one is talking about

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Why are retreaders getting squeezed with lower production and profit margins? The tire trade journals have been splashing the effects of cheap “Chinese” Tier 4 tires for many months as the primary cause of production and financial stress for retreaders.

This is no doubt a major influence and major contributor to this decline. To quote recent media on other political national topics, “This is fake news.”

The major Tier 1, Tier 2 tire manufacturers also are contributing in this shrinkage with the advent of the wide-base super-single (WBSS) tires that have been heavily marketed for nearly 18 years now.

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Marangoni Expanding Tennessee Manufacturing Plant

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From Tire Review

Marangoni Tread North America will expand its manufacturing plant in Tennessee, President and CEO Bill Sweatman announced.

“With unit sales up this year, production had to be increased right away,” Sweatman said. “Independent retreaders’ business remains strong and we expect demand to continue to increase as we move into 2019. We will be adding additional capacity to manufacture the XP Extreme Performance wide-base Ringtread here in the U.S.”

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Continental re-emphasises partnership with ContiTread cold retreaders

Continental reports that it is “further enhancing its support services to strengthen its partnership with ContiTread cold retread shops”. This development is being led by John Cox, Global Head of Technical Services Retread and will centre on the enhancement of support services.

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Bridgestone Launches New Bandag Retread for Refuse Applications

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Bridgestone Americas has launched a new Bandag BDM3 retread for refuse applications.

A next-generation retread for the drive position, the Bandag BDM3 retread is designed with a new proprietary tread compound for extended wear life, enhanced traction and cut/chip resistance compared to the Bandag BDM2 retread, Bridgestone said in a news release.

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Vipal Rubber present tire retreading products at IANA Expo 2018

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Vipal Rubber, a tire retreading manufacturer, was present in another edition of the IANA Intermodal Expo, held on September 16-18, in Long Beach, California. This is the third consecutive year that the brand attended the convention, aimed at carriers of the intermodal sector in the United States.

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