Hankook signs 5-year agreement with Vaculug retreading business in UK and Ireland
Hankook has signed a five-year agreement to produce Hankook Alphatread retreaded tyres in the UK. The tyre manufacturer wants to expand the Alphatread brand as part of its commercial vehicle tyre strategy. Vaculug is one of Europe’s largest independent retread producers, and first became Hankooks retreading partner in the UK in 2018. The retreader will also work with Hankook products as a premium fitment for all its fleets.
New Kraiburg K738 the “perfect solution for mixed applications”
Kraiburg Austria is expanding its portfolio for construction site applications with the K738, a tread it says is equally at home on the road. With the K738, Kraiburg Austria has found the “optimal solution” for two tasks. The retreading materials specialist says the tread is “designed for the toughest off-road applications” and its durability, traction and resilience “convinces on rough, unsurfaced terrain.” At the same time, it offers “smooth, quiet running characteristics on sealed roads, including high mileage.”
B&J Rocket appoints Karam key account manager; Wolf joins Kraiburg Austria
Marcos Guzman, president of B&J Rocket, reports that the retreading equipment specialist has appointed Humberto Karam its key account manager in Europe. Karam succeeds Christian Wolf, who has taken on the role of product manager at Kraiburg Austria.
World’s fastest: Zeiss launches ’55 second’ tyre inspection machine
Zeiss says its latest shearographic tyre inspection system is the “fastest single machine in the world” for inspecting new and retreaded tyres. The optics and optoelectronics specialist introduced the Zeiss Intact 1360-X in April with the promise of a fast return on investment for purchasers thanks to its “drastic savings for labour costs.” The 1360-X can inspect a complete tyre from bead to bead for separations and air bubbles as well as foreign objects in just 55 seconds, including loading and unloading.
UK government blocks Russian and Belarussian tyre, rubber product imports with 35% tariff increase
On 25 April 2022, the UK Government announced a further tranche of trade sanctions against Russia. The new sanctions, which were introduced by International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, include import bans on silver, wood and high-end products like caviar. At the same time, the government has raised tariffs by 35 percentage points on items from Russia and Belarus, including diamonds and “rubber products”. Additional duties of 35 per cent were already introduced on “new pneumatic tyres, of rubber” on 25 March 2022.
Klaus Zimmermann, former managing director of Marangoni’s operation in Germany, passed away on Easter Monday, aged 83. Marangoni Retreading Systems Deutschland GmbH thus farewells a colleague who provided more than 45 years of service and whose efforts are credited with contributing to the company’s current successes.
Goodyear invites transportation industry to rethink retreading
In the current environment, rethinking retreading is something Goodyear considers “even more relevant than before.” Not only is Europe’s Fit-for-55 package of proposed climate legislation urging the region to become increasingly greener, but the transportation industry also faces the impact of increasing costs.
Triangle Tyre has confirmed it will exhibit at The Tire Cologne next month. Those attending the tyre fair in Germany between 24 and 26 May will find Triangle in Hall 7, presenting three new passenger car tyre and two new truck tyre lines.
Michelin halts Russian tyre manufacturing and exports to Russia
The Michelin Group has announced that is suspending all its “industrial activity” in Russia as well as suspending its exports to Russia.
Michelin’s Davydovo tyre production plant near Moscow employs about 750 people and manufactures passenger car tyres and retreaded truck tyres. According to a statement from Michelin released on 15 March 2022, the Davydovo site’s production is “mainly for the local market”.
Bandvulc’s investment in quality control and personnel development helps ‘set the standard for retreads’
With more than 50 years of experience of retreading in the UK, Devon-based Bandvulc is well-known in the truck tyre and retread sectors. Over the years the company has established a reputation for producing top-quality retreads. Now, the Bandvulc says it is aiming to set the standard for retreading.
From the initial design and development work to casing recycling and tread application on the factory floor, Bandvulc implements measures designed to ensure its tyres perform across a range of applications. This is supported by the ongoing knowledge and expertise sharing partnership between Bandvulc and its parent company, Continental Tyres. Tony Mailling, Bandvulc Operations Director, explained the steps taken by the team at the Ivybridge factory to deliver the quality it does, beginning how they benchmark tyre quality:
Having been founded in 2015, Hove-based retreader Seryt Ltd (also known as Seryt Group) is still a relative newcomer. Not only that, but the business was founded at a time when the UK retreading scene has consolidated, meaning it is now made up of comparatively few players, all of which are decades older than Seryt. Nevertheless, something about Seryt’s approach brings with it the necessary fresh air for success and the company continues towards its ambitious European expansion plans despite wider market headwinds.
Buffer 8550E: Bandag introduces new fully automatic retreading machine
The automatic Buffer 8550E is the latest addition to the Bandag retreading portfolio, and Bandag designed it to address one of the biggest challenges the retreading industry currently faces – adopting and optimising automation. By deploying the fully automated Bandag Buffer 8550E, retreaders can further reduce the manual effort required.
Vipal Rubber recognised for sustainable practices by EcoVadis
Vipal Rubber’s manufacturing units in southern Brazil have received recognition for sustainable practices. EcoVadis assessed the retreading materials supplier’s Nova Prata facilities, awarding it an additional two points versus its Silver-certificated inspection n 2019. Vipal said the sustainability of its operations, extending beyond the environment to focus on people too.
Swedish retreader and tyre distributor Colmec Group has appointed former vice-president Patrick Sjölin to the position of chief executive officer. He succeeds company owner Peter Eckerström, who will now support the organisation as a senior advisor and chairman of the board. At the same time, Mats-Johan Adner joins Colmec as its head of sales for all markets in which the company is present.