Pre-Q Galgo Corporation has published details of its extension of the company’s Extreme tread line that includes the addition of 12 designs that were lab-tested down to 80 below and received Three-Peak Mountain Snow Flake (3PMSF) certification.
Italian retreading specialist Marangoni S.p.A. reports that certification body Certiquality renewed its Rovereto factory’s ISO 14001 environmental management certification on 15 October. Renewal followed a thorough audit of Marangoni’s Environmental Management System.
The future of tyre making at the site of Bridgestone’s recently-closed Béthune plant in France has been secured by a deal signed in July between major European vehicle maintenance and mobility firm Mobivia and French retreading specialist Black Star. With support from Bridgestone, the partners are gearing up to retread car, SUV and light commercial vehicle tyres in Béthune – products that Bridgestone intends to sell through selected retail outlets. The project will commence in January and gradually ramp up; Mobivia’s communications manager, Laurie Lalloyer, informs us that the aim is to retread 900,000 tyres a year by 2025. By that time the project is expected to have created nearly 200 jobs, including employment for many former Bridgestone workers.
TX Tyres adds truck tyres and more to product portfolio, celebrates 50 years
Founded as Panther Tyres, TX Tyres celebrates 50 years in business this year. In a recent visit to Liverpool, Tyres & Accessories took the opportunity to meet managing director and former NTDA chairman Stephen Callow, consider the legacy of his father (company founder Ron Callow) and to look to the future of the TX Tyres retreading operation, which includes diversifying into new segments.
Welsh retreader Tuf Treads invests in Marangoni autoclave and nail hole detector technology
Llanelli-based Tuf Treads was founded in 1979 on a different location to where the retreading facility can now be found. Back then, current owner Mike Rees joined William Lloyd in the establishment of a new venture focusing on retreading tyres in four sizes according to the Peters system. Much more recently, the firm’s current Cross Hands retreading factory took delivery of a new Marangoni nail-hole detector to upgrade its quality control procedure, something that is just the latest in a history of steady development at the company. Tyres & Accessories visited Tuf Treads to find out more about the company’s past, present and future.
Goodyear, Michelin, Lodge and Vaculug amongst winners of government fleet tyre contracts worth £200 million
Following the news that Goodyear has retained the UK police fleet tyre contract, Tyres & Accessories contacted Crown Commercial Services in order to confirm which other tyre firms have succeeded in winning their part of the two government tyre supply contracts which together are worth an estimated £200 million.
UK tyre retreader Vaculug has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030. The pledge means that greenhouse gases produced by Vaculug will be balanced by the amount removed from the atmosphere. The company says it recognises the importance of becoming a sustainable company and is committed to achieving net zero by changing the way it operates. The company notes that it is “the first tyre retreader” to make this pledge.
NTAW gains Michelin retreading capability via Black Rubber acquisition
Australian tyre wholesaler National Tyre & Wheel Limited (NTAW) has signed the necessary paperwork for its acquisition of Black Rubber Pty Ltd and Black Rubber Sydney Pty Limited. The transaction, which took place yesterday and is valued at AU$26.3 million (£14.5 million), brings Black Rubber’s import and retreading businesses into the NTAW fold.
Michelin sustainability award entry ‘head and shoulders above rest’ – NTDA
Michelin’s successful entry for the Tyre Industry Environment and Sustainable Solution Award 2021 “stood head and shoulders above the rest in terms of corporate ambition, vision and practical commercial initiatives across the whole field of tyre recycling, materials reuse and wider environmental campaigns,” according to the judging panel, NTDA chief executive Stefan Hay commented. The tyre manufacturer’s entry for the award highlighted its aim to create greater value at all stages within the circular economy.
In North America, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company recently launched its RT-3B bead-to-bead retread. According to the company, the new retread provides “all-around performance on an array of underfoot conditions for loaders and graders and complements its existing line-up of premium off-the-road (OTR) retread tyres.
Giti expands Genesis retread range with next generation drive axle tyre
Giti has expanded its Genesis retread range with the Giti GDR691. The next generation drive axle tyre is available immediately on the UK market in the most prominent size, 315/70R22.5. The tyre, which is suitable for regional and urban applications, features a new non-directional pattern and optimised tread block shape for an even footprint. The Giti GDR691 is the successor of the popular Giti GDR690 which remains available in 295/80R22.5 and 315/80R22.5. The GTR990 trailer tyre completes the portfolio in 385/65R22.5.
Insa Turbo to become Kraiburg-approved Recom retread manufacturer by 2022
Leading Spanish retreader Insa Turbo, which is part of the Soledad Group, has signed a collaboration agreement with Kraiburg Austria that leads to the use of Kraiburg retreading materials at the retreader’s Aspe (Alicante) factory. According to an Insa Turbo statement, the alliance includes a roadmap which “defines the gradual implementation of Austrian technology in the process of hot retreading and pre-curing of truck tyres.”
Insa Turbo is embarking on research into the “…development of a new rubber-rubber adhesion system for the reuse of end-of-life tyres” in order to improve its products and make them “even more sustainable”.
Vipal Europe now responsible for North Africa & Middle East markets
Vipal Rubber has restructured the commercial coverage area of several key regional subsidiaries, and as a result, its European branch office is now serving important markets in North Africa, such as Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt, as well as main business partners in the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. The retreading materials and tyre repair specialist made this change to capitalised on the branch’s closer geographic proximity and similar time zone, and thus greater ease in carrying out technical, after-sales and training visits.
Vaculug is introducing a new dealer network strategy from 1 August 2021 onwards. According to the company, the new strategy focuses on “developing new and innovative products and dealer initiatives that provide an advantage to the network in the sales process of Vaculug range of products.”