Continental introduces “LifeCycle” solid rubber retread
Continental’s Specialty Tires business unit has added an eco-friendly product, LifeCycle, to its portfolio. The solid rubber tyre is retreaded upon selected used casings, the utilisation of which is said to lead to considerable savings in energy raw materials used in the production process, and this lowers product price. “With customers’ help this large-scale recycling initiative will help to bring down the number of scrap tyres needing disposal as well as the emission of climate-changing CO2,” shared Continental in a written statement. “Continental LifeCycle protects nature and offers cost savings.”
In addition, to ensure a smooth recycling and manufacturing process, the Continental Commercial Specialty Tires Service Center is supporting retailers in Germany and France in the selection and transportation of old tyres. Explaining the new product in greater detail, Continental writes that “the retreaded solid rubber LifeCycle tyre is made from select casings which have passed Continental’s exhaustive, standardised quality control. Following these checks, the tread is removed from the casing and completely replaced, using a rubber mixture identical to the material of new tyres. With this method, about 65 per cent of the existing tire can be reused and only 35 per cent of new raw material is needed. All other phases in the ContiLifeCycle manufacturing process are identical to the production of all other new solid rubber tyres at Continental.
“State-of-the-art tests and quality controls combined with efficient and environmentally-friendly tyre production ensure German quality products at a lower price,” Continental added.