Vipal Rubber, one of the world’s top manufacturers of tyre retreading products, has participated in the ProfiAuto Show 2019 (8-9 June in Katowice, Poland) in partnership with exclusive Polish distributor, Arko-Gum. The partnership between the companies, vital in ensuring Vipal provides the most relevant solutions for the Polish market, has been in effect for nine years.
MILAN, Tenn. — Love’s Travel Stops is planning to set up a tire retread and distribution facility in Milan, in western Tennessee, pending approval of state and local incentives.
It’s almost eight months since the European Commission made its final decision regarding anti-dumping duties on new and retreaded truck and bus tyres manufactured in China, and Vipal Rubber is celebrating what it considers an “upturn in the tyre retreading market in Europe.”
BOLOGNA, Italy — Marangoni Group’s Tyre Retreading Machinery unit is reporting signs of a pick-up in the retreading business “after several years of uncertainty.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Merger-and-acquisition activity soared to unprecedented heights in 2018, especially in the North American wholesale and retail sectors.
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.