Marangoni North America expands supplies and accessories line
Marangoni Tread North America has added Presti, AmerSeal, and Counteract products to its supplies and accessory line, which includes envelopes, sealing rings, cushion gum, envelope lube, J-hooks, tire paint and buffing blades, reports Tire Review. MTNA is also adding new Gaither Tool selections to support fleet tyre maintenance needs with a variety of environmentally-friendly product options.
The rebranding of Qualitread retreading products in Europe under the Bridgestone brand name continues in January with the renaming of the M729 drive tread and R168 trailer tread as Bridgestone Retread products. In April the Qualitread M729 EVO regional drive tyre will also join the Bridgestone Retread line-up.
The Retread Tire Association (RTA), formed following Harvey Brodsky’s departure from the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau, reports the addition of another 12 members to its ranks. New member companies include: AME International, Black’s Tire Service, Frasier Tire Service, Jirah Inc., Malerba’s Consulting LLC, Purcell Tire, Tesla Electronics and Tire Stamp, all US-based. New from Canada are Kirk’s Tire and West End Tire, while Earthmover Tyres of Scotland and Makepeace Agencies from Australia also have joined.
Bandvulc Discusses Strategies for the Future at Key Dealer Conference
Before Christmas Bandvulc Tyre Contracts (BTC) the tyre management division of the Bandvulc Group recently hosted a conference for its group of Key Independent dealers working in partnership with BTC. According to the company, the focus of the event was to outline its performance during 2010 and advise of its plans and objectives for next year.
BTC reports that its turnover is already in excess of £30 million and has expansive plans for the year ahead. Opening the conference, Patrick O’Connell, group managing director, welcomed all to the event and outlined corporate plans and concerns with tyre and commodity prices along with stressing the importance of service delivery and maintaining quality in every aspect.
Potato Fleet Trials Vacu-Lug’s Latest Green Retreads
Bedfordshire-based H.E. Payne Transport Limited and its customer, potato merchant Greenvale AP, are trialling a new generation of energy-efficient Duramold retread tyres produced by Vacu-Lug. Unlike other ecologically aware tyres, these products are actually coloured green to reinforce their environmental credentials, the tyres are fitted to a truck and trailer in the Greenvale AP-liveried fleet operated by H. E. Payne Transport on the nationwide distribution of fresh potatoes.
A total of ten of the new tyres have been fitted to the H. E. Payne / Greenvale AP Euro 5 440hp 6x2 Volvo FH13 combination.
Marangoni Expands Middle East Retreading Activities
In recent months, Marangoni Retreading Systems has taken on a number of new partners in the Middle East and signed agreements with a number of important retreaders within the region, including Al Zahem Industries in Kuwait. Through this particular contract, Marangoni Retreading Systems has been able to enter the Kuwaiti market with the backing of the experience and skills possessed by the country’s sole retreader.
The Marangoni Group has announced that it will use the Marix brand – until now reserved for car, off-road and light commercial vehicle retreads – to represent all products made at the factory in Rovereto (Trento), the second biggest retreading production site in Europe. Retreads for trucks and earthmoving machinery will therefore now also be branded Marix by Marangoni.
Bridgestone Corporation's subsidiary Bridgestone Bandag Manufacturing (Thailand) Co Ltd has held its opening ceremony, marking the completion of Bridgestone's newest manufacturing plant located in the Chonburi Province of Thailand. The plant will produce precure tread, which will be supplied to the growing retread markets in Japan, Asia and China. The new facility is expected to have a production capacity of 30 tons per day by the end of 2013. It is the first precure tread facility the Bridgestone Group has built since acquiring the US-based retread operating company, Bandag Inc, in 2007.
The Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau has appointed David Stevens, 42, as its new managing director, reports Tire Review. Stevens will replace interim managing director Marvin Bozarth, who had filled the role after the TRIB board of directors dismissed long-time managing director Harvey Brodsky on 5 October. Stevens’ appointment was unanimously agreed upon by the board, which had been searching for a new managing director for the last few weeks, incoming TRIB board president Bob Majewski told media during a press conference Wednesday at the Global Tire Expo/SEMA Show.
While interim TRIB managing director, Marvin Bozarth was writing to the retreading association’s membership introducing himself, his predecessor Harvey Brodsky has been busy forming another association. According to online news reports, Brodsky has formed his own retreading organization. Like TRIB this new association - the Retread Tire Association – is said to be a non-profit, 501(c)(6) entity that is “dedicated to promoting and expanding retreading and proper tyre repairing throughout the world, with no closed doors and no closed meetings.”
Just four years since its launch, Vacu-Lug Tyres has produced its 100,000th Duramold WZY2 tyre, a product the firm describes as a premium quality remould for the municipal and waste management industry. To commemorate the achievement, Vacu-Lug organised a special 'treasure hunt' competition for its tyre distributors and their customers.
The tyre has now entered Vacu-Lug's stock and will be despatched at random to one of its nationwide network of distributors in the near future. Upon discovering the tyre bearing serial number 100,000, the distributor and the customer for whom it is destined will share a treasure trove of £500-worth of tyres. Simultaneously, the find will trigger a £500 donation to the Help for Heroes campaign.
Brodsky Dismissal in TRIB’s “best interest”, says Bureau’s President
A quote attributed to recently dismissed Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau managing director Harvey Brodsky has been used in a press release announcing his interim successor. In introducing Marvin Bozarth, who will hold the position during the current period of ‘transition’, TRIB president Michael Berra Jr borrowed a line from a Brodsky speech and stated “there is never a wrong time to do the right thing.”
Fired – Harvey Brodsky Dismissed by TRIB Board of Directors
Long-time champion of the retreading industry, Harvey Brodsky, was notified on October 5 that his services as managing director of the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau were no longer required. Announcing his own dismissal in a press release, Mr. Brodsky stated that “during a conference call today called by TRIB president Mike Berra, Jr. at 2pm Pacific Time (GMT -7:00), and including Bob Majewski and Wayne Jackson of the TRIB Board, I was informed that today would be my last day as the managing director of TRIB.
TRIB’s Harvey Brodsky to Address Italian Retreading General Assembly
Harvey Brodsky, managing director of TRIB, the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau, is to appear as a featured speaker at the general assembly of the Italian Tyre Retreaders Association (the Associazione Italiana Ricostruttori Pneumatici, or AIRP) in Rome on October 8 and 9. TRIB says that Brodsky’s presentation will highlight the current situation of the North American retreading industry in comparison with that in Italy and other parts of the world.
Goodway Rubber and Indag Rubber Ltd are considering their partnership options after signing a memorandum of understanding on 23 August. According to the document the companies are now considering “joint opportunities to…strengthen both parties’ market position in the rubber compounding and retreading industry.” The firms are expected to announce whether it is feasible for them to enter into a “strategic partnership” within six weeks of signing the memorandum.