The Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB) has announced plans to increase the size of its current board of directors from 12 to 16 directors. The additional four board positions will be held by three retreading companies and one tyre repair firm. A nominating committee has been formed within TRIB's current board potential nominees are due to be selected in the coming months. The new board members will be elected during TRIB's board meeting in Las Vegas on 31 October 2011.
The European Tyre Recycling Association has been named amongst the eleven most recent companies and organisations to join the Retread Tire Association. In addition to the Brussels-based association that represents more than 250 tyre recycling professionals, two other international and eight US companies recently joined the RTA.
Standard Retreads and Kraiburg celebrate 5 years of cooperation in Ajman
Austrian retreading materials supplier Kraiburg sees the market for HGV retreads in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and in Dubai in particularly, as offering “unequalled” opportunities. For retreading businesses standing one’s ground in such a limited sized market when competing with a large number of rivals was hard enough when the economy was still booming and much trickier in the current climate against the backdrop of the financial crisis. Against all the odds, Kraiburg reports that Standard Retreads can now look back on a “five-year success story.”
Continental reports that its HD Hybrid, first released last year, has “impressively established itself” in the European transport market. The manufacturer has now also announced its availability as a ContiRe retread; the ContiRe version of the HD Hybrid is available in sizes 295/60 R 22.5, 315/60 R 22.5, 295/80 R 22.5, 315/70 R 22.5 and 315/80 R 22.5.
Marangoni expands Benelux presence with Profile Tyrecenter deal
Following several years of having what it calls a ‘marginal presence’, Marangoni Retreading Systems has announced its return to the Dutch and Belgian markets. This Benelux comeback comes courtesy of a partnership with tyre reseller and fast-fit chain Profile Tyrecenter. Marangoni states it will now expand its business in co-operation with what is the largest local tyre fitting network in these two markets; under the agreement, Profile Tyrecenter takes on exclusive management of the Ringtread brand in the Benelux. The Ringtread tyres distributed there will be manufactured by Dutch retreader Frapa, a founding Profile Tyrecenter member.
Don’t sell China short, says Retread Tire Association
Much sentiment about Chinese manufactured tyres emanating from the US in recent years has had a negative tone to it; from quality concerns to accusations of dumping, Chinese product has not always been welcomed with open arms. Yet it is unfair to tar all Chinese manufacturers with the same brush, and the Retread Tire Association is currently trying to get the message across that Chinese truck tyres can be a suitable alternative.
Nightfreight has secured a further two-year national distribution contract with Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres Ltd. The contract renewal sees Vacu-Lug strengthen its 10-year partnership with Willenhall based Nightfreight as both a customer and supplier. Under the contract, Nightfreight is charged with the collection and outbound delivery of Vacu-Lug’s new retread tyres from its UK plant in Grantham to its nationwide customer base via Nightfreight’s network of regional hubs.
In late April Michelin celebrated the official opening of its first retreading facility in Russia. The opening of the retreading plant, located at its Davydovo new tyre factory near Moscow, has been described by Michelin as one of the most important steps in its long-term business strategy for Russia and the CIS. The tyre maker intends to invest some 10 million euros in the facility in the years up to 2015. The establishment of the retreading plant has created 50 new jobs at the Davydovo site.
On 14th April the new Hungarian Bandag franchise dealership, 5-Let Ltd., inaugurated its new retreading facility. Established with an investment of 2 million euros, the plant in the town of Mezőszilas began production on March 30 and is expected to produce 2,500 retreads this year; this number should double by 2013.
Retreader aims to double Kuwaiti retreading market using Ringtread technology
As Tyres & Accessories previously reported, Marangoni Retreading Systems has established operations in Kuwait in partnership with the country’s sole retreader, Al-Zahem Industries. The new Ringtread plant in Kuwait City was inaugurated on March 23 in the presence of local government representatives, the Italian ambassador Enrico Granara, Iraqi ambassador Mohammed Hussein Bahr Al-Ulum, plus members of the media and representatives of numerous transport fleets.
Goodyear Dunlop inaugurates retreading plant, further investment to come
Last year, Europe’s logistics industry began its recovery after an awful 2009 and the truck tyre aftermarket picked up long with it; replacement market truck tyre sales increased 17 per cent year-on-year while sales of retreads, which account for one-third of Europe’s replacement truck tyre market, also increased 14 per cent. Even before this upturn began, Goodyear Dunlop showed confidence in its retread product portfolio by evaluating its European operations and indentifying an area to further strengthen. Over the following year the company invested 3.7 million euros establishing its third European mould cure retreading facility; at the start of April 2011, some half a year after producing its first retreaded tyre, Goodyear Dunlop celebrated the site’s official opening.
South West division of builders' merchant Travis Perkins and ATS Euromaster were joint winners of a nationwide treasure hunt organised by retread tyre manufacturer, Vacu-Lug Tyres. The two companies secured their win by discovering the 'treasure' – the serial number tag from Vacu-Lug's 100,000th Duramold WZY2 premium retread. As winners, Travis Perkins and ATS Euromaster share a treasure trove of £500-worth of tyres. Simultaneously, the find has triggered a £500 donation from Vacu-Lug to the Help for Heroes campaign.
Marangoni enters Kuwait through new Ringtread partner
Marangoni’s Retreading Systems business has won Kuwait’s sole retreader as a retreading partner and brought it into the Ringtread fold. The Italian supplier of retreading materials, tread and equipment reports this deal has been reached as part of its expansion strategy in the near and Middle East. Kuwait, with its modern road network and long transport corridor connecting Iraq in the north to Saudi Arabia in the south, is considered a hub for all transport into Gulf countries.
Vacu-Lug gains ISO 14001 Environmental Certification
Vacu-Lug Tyres has been awarded ISO14001:2004 status for its Environmental Management System, underlining the green benefits of dealing with the retread tyre manufacturer.
The award follows a rigorous external audit, during which the inspectors were said to have been especially impressed with the actions the company has taken to reduce energy its use by 20 per cent and recycle 100 per cent of its non-tyre-related waste.
Following a crisis related dip in business in 2009, last year Laurent Reifen GmbH was able to once again set its sights on growth. While financial statements for the crisis year show the retreader still managed to sell more than 80,000 retreaded truck tyres and by doing so reduced its stock levels, last year turnover increased by a “clear double figure amount; we’ve never sold so many tyres,” as sales manager Dirk Schierhorn told Tyres & Accessories. Amongst other things, the Michelin Group owned retreader used last year’s business recovery to fine-tune the company for further shifts in the market.