B&J Rocket begins regional rollout of EVO Blades
When B&J Rocket first announced the development of new buffing blades at Reifen 2014, the talk was of “evolution.” B&J had developed a new manufacturing process that enabled the blades, whose external appearance remained almost unchanged, to work much more effectively. The individual teeth cut much more aggressively, faster and remain sharp for a longer period. This in turn reduces heat and smoke build-up and results in an overall longer service life for the blades.
In addition to providing a significant cost saving, the result is also a superior retreaded tyre. Since buffing times are shorter and heat generation is reduced, the properties (flexibility) of the tyre rubber are maintained, meeting the increased expectations placed upon retreaded tyres these days. B&J Rocket president Andreas Müller shares that the company engaged in a great deal of R&D when developing the new buffing blades, as the product needed to be 100 per cent reliable before being introduced into the market: “We see a clear responsibility towards our customers, and therefore, the new EVO-Blades were initially tested extensively in practice worldwide.”
B&J obtained a sizable amount of valuable feedback from these tests and made further improvements based on this. The EVO-Blades are currently ‘patent pending’ and the company can demonstrate measurable results: On average, the new blades increase performance up to 25 per cent, with as much as a 48 per cent increase in performance achievable. Müller views these figures as significant. “Now we can go on the market with the EVO-Blades in their different designs with confidence.” The new blades will initially be introduced in the US, with other markets to follow progressively, depending on the blade type or region.