Kraiburg Complies Early With New Directive
On January 1st 2010, European Directive 76/796/EEC comes into force. The new Directive prescribes limits on the permissible percentage of processing oils containing PAHs (polycyclic aroma¬tic hydrocarbons) which are subject to declaration. It will be illegal to produce tyres which do not conform to the specified limits. Processing oils plasticise the rubber compound, making it more flexible and pliable during the blending process.
However, Kraiburg’s retreading partners needn’t worry, as the company started to adapt all its precure retreads back in 1997 and completed the process at the beginning of 2007. The aim was to ensure that customers adhering to the Kraiburg three-year shelf life policy for precured treads would not have non-compliant goods in stock at the beginning of next year.
In line with regulations Kraiburg has also prepared the production of all other products, including the materials for hot retreading, which have a storage life of two to nine months.
“Reliable partners are more important than ever at times like these,” said Michael Schwämmlein, Head of Product Development and Technical Service at Kraiburg. “This is why we are pleased that, once again, we are one step ahead and our retreading par¬tners can order quality materials from us without worrying, whether cold retreads from our three product lines, K_base, K_tech and K_plus, or hot cure retrea¬ding materials.”