'Hybrid’ MRT plant opens in Canada
Quebec-based company Groupe Robert Bernard has inaugurated its new retreading plant. The facility, which is the largest of its kind in Canada, was built at a cost of $3 million and is the eighth retreading plant in the country to use Michelin Retread Technologies (MRT). It is the 80th MRT plant to open in North America.
“We have full faith in the technology offered by MRT and we have a strong relationship with the Michelin family going back 45 years,” stated Jocelyn Bernard, vice-president of Groupe Robert Bernard. “Our new plant provides us with a larger shop floor of 70.000 square feet (6,500 square metres). This will facilitate better production and storage. This will also help us reduce wait times for delivery.”
“Although MRT Canada now has eight plants across the country, Robert Bernard MRT is the only hybrid facility, which means it can manufacture high quality retread tyres using pre-mould and custom-mould processes,” said Harold Phillips, chief operating officer, Michelin Canada. “With this expansion, Robert Bernard MRT is the largest retread plant in Canada. This will help the company meet the increasing demand for the highest quality MRT retread tyres in Quebec.”