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New Kraiburg K704 pattern

Monday 20th November 2017 | 0 Comments

Kraiburg Austria has brought out a new design, the K704. According to the company, this pattern is a variant of the apparently “highly successful” K225, with closed shoulders and lower tread depth.

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Marangoni appoints Martin Kalagin as Central Technical Service director

Marangoni appoints Martin Kalagin as Central Technical Service director

Wednesday 18th October 2017 | 0 Comments

Marangoni Retreading Systems has appointed Martin Kalagin as Central Technical Service director, reporting in this role to the chief executive officer of the group. The Central Technical Service will define and implement the rules and the global guidelines, align the local plans and resources and coordinate the activities of all Technical Service Teams of Marangoni Retreading Systems Business Unit in Europe and overseas.

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B&J Rocket puts an end to heavy blade packaging

B&J Rocket puts an end to heavy blade packaging

Thursday 12th October 2017 | 0 Comments

B&J Rocket says it always has an eye on the legal requirements that exist in different countries regarding workplace health and safety. In order to better meet these regulations, the company has changed its buffing blade packaging unit and decreased the weight of its packaging boxes by 10 kilogrammes. Boxes containing 30 sets (formerly 50 sets/25 kg) now weigh only 15 kilogrammes and are thus much better suited to the actual load limits applied to the lifting and carrying of occasional loads.

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Vacu-Lug fined £300,000 in forklift death case

Tuesday 10th October 2017 | 0 Comments

Lincolnshire-based Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres Limited was been fined £300,000 on 15 September after a worker died when the fork lift truck he was driving overturned at the company Grantham headquarters three years earlier. Lincoln Crown Court heard the worker was transporting tyres on 30 July 2014 when the fork lift ran over a loose tyre in the road. He was crushed between the fork lift truck and the ground and later died from his injuries. He was not wearing a seat belt.

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Caledonian Tyres refurbishment aims to improve Bandag’s position in Scotland

Caledonian Tyres refurbishment aims to improve Bandag’s position in Scotland

Friday 6th October 2017 | 0 Comments

Paisley based Caledonian Tyres has unveiled a £250,000 refurbishment, which aims to position it as one of the most advanced retread tyre centres in the country. One of the Bandag network’s largest franchise partners, Caledonian Tyres’ development of its facility features improved factory facilities, new look offices, improved equipment and an eye-catching rebrand of the entire premises. The company states that the investment underlines the strength of the commercial retread tyre market, and follows investments made at Lincolnshire-based Bulldog, another large Bandag franchise.

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Harvey Brodsky dies

Harvey Brodsky dies

Tuesday 26th September 2017 | 0 Comments

Harvey Brodsky, the former managing director of TRIB and founder of RTA, died on 17 September following complication from lung cancer. Brodsky had been diagnosed in March and given two to three weeks to live, but fought the illness for another six months.

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Cologne’s “The Tire” show to feature retreading section

Monday 25th September 2017 | 0 Comments

The inaugural The Tire Cologne in May 2018 is to offer a platform for the retreading and recycling industry in addition to the 19 leading tyremakers that have already been announced. According to the organisers, Koelnmesse and Bundesverband Reifenhandel & Vulkaniseur-Handwerk e.V. (the BRV/german tyre retailers and vulcanisation trade association), these themes have not been given the due attention in the past.

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BASys control system, Bandag extruder installed at Bridgestone’s Bulldog plant

BASys control system, Bandag extruder installed at Bridgestone’s Bulldog plant

Thursday 21st September 2017 | 0 Comments

Bridgestone’s largest Bandag franchise, Bulldog in Bourne, Lincolnshire is a central pillar in Bridgestone’s UK Total Tyre Care truck and bus tyre strategy, and as such has been a target for ongoing investment. Most recently, Bridgestone has installed the BASys casing and production control system, digitally linking the tripartite facility and tracking the journey of retreads through the manufacturing process. This joins the latest piece of retread production equipment, the latest generation Bandag extruder builder the 9110ES, which was installed in 2016, and is now fully operational. Tyres & Accessories visited the Bulldog site to see the latest upgrades in action, and how Bulldog intends to capitalise on the current moment of what Bridgestone retread development manager for the North region (UK, Ireland, and the Nordic region) Terry Salter terms a “golden period” for retreading.

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Giti Tire refreshes retread programme with new name, partner

Giti Tire refreshes retread programme with new name, partner

Wednesday 20th September 2017 | 0 Comments

Giti Tire has renamed its UK retread programme Giti Genesis as part of its European truck and bus rebranding project. Originally known as GT REE-Tread when it was launched at the CV Show 2012, the next generation products show strong continuity in most aspects – it will remain a hot cure bead-to-bead retread manufactured using Giti casings, though there have been some changes, the biggest of which is the identity of the retreader. The Giti Genesis is available in two patterns: the GDR690 regional drive axle tyre is available in 295/80R22.5, 315/70R22.5 and 315/80R22.5; the GTR990 regional trailer tyre is offered in size 385/65R22.5.

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Vacu-Lug seeks to capitalise on advantages of independence

Vacu-Lug seeks to capitalise on advantages of independence

Wednesday 20th September 2017 | 0 Comments

With Continental’s acquisition and subsequent integration of Bandvulc, the UK retreading market was left with one remaining large independent operation in Lincolnshire-based Vacu-Lug. There were obvious comparisons between the firms – both private, family-owned businesses before Conti’s takeover; both in possession of a large chunk of UK retread market share; both offering the sorts of fleet management service options – but the change of ownership of one gives a new dimension to commercial vehicle tyre manufacturers’ decision of which firm to partner in the production of retreads for the UK.

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Lukatec launches robotic buffer website

Friday 8th September 2017 | 0 Comments

With more than 100 machines in operation, Lukatec, felt the time was right to launch a new exclusive robotic buffer website. According to the company, the firm’s reputation as an innovation leader can be directly attributed to Lukatec’s development and launch in 2012 of a Dual Tire Robotic Buffer.

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Faccenda extends deal with BVPlus+

Faccenda extends deal with BVPlus+

Thursday 7th September 2017 | 0 Comments

Bandvulc has announced that Faccenda Foods Ltd have extended its contract with Bandvulc’s fleet management division, BVPlus+, to March 2019. The company first became a client in 2008 and the two firms report that they enjoy “a robust business relationship which has gone from strength to strength over that time”.

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Retreaders install new Vipal-developed buffer

Retreaders install new Vipal-developed buffer

Wednesday 16th August 2017 | 0 Comments

Brazilian retreaders União and Toro have installed a Vipal Rubber-developed casing buffing system. The VR01 Smart DUO, a dual position buffer, was installed at União Tire Retreading in São Paulo retreader in April. Soon after, another partner of the Vipal Authorized Network Deatler had installed a single position variant at its Toro Recauchutagem operation in Rio de Janeiro.

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Bandvulc gives Kerr’s Northern Ireland exclusivity

Thursday 10th August 2017 | 0 Comments

Bandvulc has awarded Kerr’s Tyres & Auto exclusivity for its product range in Northern Ireland. This follows on from Kerr’s appointment at the beginning of 2017 as the sole supplier of Uniroyal TBR (truck tyres) for this region.

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Kraiburg Austria invests in Spain

Wednesday 9th August 2017 | 0 Comments

Having appointed Alessandro Bottesini as sales manager in March, Kraiburg Austria now offers extended technical support for its proven, high quality products. The company reports that in it is experience such a move is important for market growth. Furthermore it is of crucial importance for the fleets to under-stand how to fit retreaded tyres with a perfectly matched combination of pattern design and compound for the relevant application.

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