Marangoni signs up Kargro Group subsidiary as Ringtread partner

Looking forward to the upcoming partnership: (l-r) Dennis Sladek (Marangoni), Frans Steenbeek and Kees-Jan Riemersma (both Tyre Plan Europe/Kargro), Matthias Leppert and Christian Asmuth (both Marangoni). Photo: Marangoni Retreading Systems

Marangoni Retreading Systems has expanded its Ringtread business in the Benelux countries. The Italian retreading specialist has entered into a partnership with Kargro Group company Tyre Plan Europe, signing an exclusivity agreement for the use of Marangoni’s retreading technology in the region. Tyre Plan Europe BVBA was established in 1988 in Kalmthout, Belgium and until recently operated as a Bandag franchisee. The newest partner in the Ringtread business has developed into one of the region’s largest pre-cure retreaders over the years.

According to Marangoni, Tyre Plan offers “premium products and high quality,” and by becoming a Ringtread partner its offer “will be even more competitive.” The company’s plant in Kalmthout (near Antwerp) manufactures approximately 16,000 pre-cure retreads per year. Tyre Plan runs also a mould cure retreading plant in Montfoort, Netherlands; Marangoni has supplied its compounds to the facility for many years.

Over the past few weeks Marangoni Retreading Systems has provided its new partner with the equipment and support required to “quickly and effectively become operational in the use of Ringtread system.” Jenny Nouws, internal sales and administration manager at Tyre Plan Europe comments: “Ringtread was the main reason why we choose Marangoni. In fact, due to the precured tread circular shape and the absence of the usual splice, retreaded tyres made using this technology are different from any others in the market.”

A further upgrade of the retreading plant’s capabilities is already scheduled for September. The Kalmthout plant will be fitted out with a RingBuilder 3003, a completely automated ring-application machine that enables the cushion gum to be extruded directly on the casing, skive-craters to be filled, the ring to be applied, thus, obtaining in record time a tyre ready for curing.

“We see working with Marangoni as an opportunity for the growth of our business that will offer our customers the best in retreading, thanks to high-quality products made with state-of-the-art Ringtread technology,” states Ko van der Heijden, director at Tyre Plan Europe. “We look forward to a successful long-term partnership with Marangoni.”

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