Commercial vehicle tyre suppliers are increasingly required to be multifaceted in their approach. Following its acquisition of TomTom Telematics in 2019 (now known as Webfleet Solutions), Bridgestone’s transition from tyre producer to mobility solutions provider with increasingly integrated approaches to fleet services moved up several gears. Demand for fleet-based mobility grows year-on-year, the tyre manufacturer says, with fleet managers demanding reliable and innovative services to maximise their effectiveness and efficiency. Webfleet Solutions has allowed Bridgestone to support business process streamlining with seamless end-to-end systems. These include transport management systems, on-board cameras, and route optimisation.
Kraiburg: Minor fire may delay some product deliveries
Kraiburg Austria shares that a technical fault caused a fire within the vulcanisation department of its plant in Geretsberg last night, but damage was minor. The retreading materials specialist says the rapid intervention of staff and the fire service limited damage to the immediate area where the fire broke out. Kraiburg stresses that nobody was injured, nor were neighbours or the environment endangered at any point.
Global retreaded tyre sales to hit $8.8 billion in 2021
Global retreaded tyre sales are expected to reach US$ 8.8 billion in 2021, according to research produced by ESOMAR-certified market research and consulting firm Future Market Insights. According to the new report entitled “Retread Tires Market”, the increase in average miles driven and growing vehicle parc will drive the tyre aftermarket, subsequently fuelling the demand for retreaded tyres.
Bandvulc has launched a new 295/80R22.5 High Load version of its Wastemaster II tyre in order to the needs of its waste management sector customers. Sporting the same features and bespoke compound advantages as the existing Wastemaster II product, the new tyre comes to the market in a 154/149 J load/speed rating.
Galgo extends its range of 3PMSF-certified winter treads
Retreading material supplier Galgo has confirmed that its DGR (Drive Galgo Regional) tread design is now part of the GALGOMR 3PMSF (Three Peak Mountain Snow Flake) accredited product line. As a result, Galgo offers a total of 21 certified 3PMSF treads to its customers as part of the GALGOMR range.
Galgo has announced that Rimay has become part of its worldwide network of independent dealers. The new state-of-the-art 10,000 sqft Rimay retread plant is strategically located in the Central Business Park in Mérida Yucatán, Mexico.
Radburg Center buys Kingpin tyre brand and retread production line
Kingpin Tyres, one of the last remaining passenger car tyre retreaders in the UK, has sold its Kingpin brand name and retread production line to Romanian retreader SC Radburg Center Srl. The transaction took place during the summer of 2020 following several months of negotiations, representatives of new owners Radburg told Tyres & Accessories during a recent interview.
Face-to-face training has been difficult at best and often impossible during the past year, and to accommodate this development Vipal Rubber bolstered its online training programme in 2020. Univipal, the retreading materials supplier’s corporate university and vocational training centre, has responded to an increased demand for virtual learning by developing a series of new resources, intensifying its online training and expanding content.
As of 1 March 2021, the price of the rubber materials that Marangoni Retreading Systems supplies for tyre retreading will increase by 0.20 euros per kilogramme in all European markets. Marangoni says this increase reflects price increases for raw materials used within the sector.
SSH embarking on £75 million Renfewshire, Scotland tyre processing plant project
SSH Recycling Ltd has submitted a planning pre-application to Renfrewshire council in a bid to build a tyre devulcanization and processing plant in Linwood, Renfrewshire, Scotland.
The project is what the company describes as “the first of its kind in the UK” and is intended to “solve the entirety of Scotland’s waste tyre problem, using revolutionary new technology to recycle or reuse every component part of the tyre”. However, SSH’s process will support the devulcanisation of treated rubber in order to create synthetic rubber sheet, conveyor belts, shoe soles or rubber mats.
Vipal evaluating use of rice husk in its compounds
Vipal Rubber is researching the possibility of using rice husk residue as a raw material for the rubber industry, the result of a partnership between Vipal, the University of Caxias do Sul, in Brazil, and Lodz Poland University of Technology. Goodyear released a rice husk silica tyre in China in mid-2015, before announcing in November 2020 that is would double its rice husk usage by 2021; and Pirelli announced that it was researching the use of rice husk ash in new tyre compounds back in April 2009; but Vipal is the first retreading compound maker to go public with its use of rice husks in compounding.
B&J Rocket is offering retreaders the opportunity to earn reward points with every purchase of B&J products throughout the year. These can be exchanged for free products such as blades and carbide tools. The retreading equipment manufacturer says retreaders can exchange their rewards either at the end of the year or during the course of the promotion, but a corresponding proof of purchase must be sent in by 7 January 2022 in order for rewards to be credited.
Bridgestone to offer customised retreads as part of fleet subscription model
Retreading solutions lie at the heart of Bridgestone Corporation’s new Sustainability Business Framework. Announcing details of the framework’s “retread centric model”, chief executive officer Shu Ishibashi shares that the tyre maker plans to utilise tyre monitoring technologies in order to offer customised retreads via a subscription model.
Michelin expands USA commercial tyre network with Purcell Tire
Michelin’s commercial vehicle tyre dealer network in the USA has grown to more than 400 locations across the country. Michelin North America has announced that Purcell Tire & Rubber Company (Purcell Tire) is joining the Michelin Commercial Service Network (MCSN) and Michelin Retread Technologies, Inc. (MRTI) and Oliver Rubber Company, LLC (Oliver) retreading networks.