A new Marangoni business unit will be formally introduced at the K 2016 trade fair in Germany later this month. The new unit has been named Marangoni Technical Compounds, and Marangoni says its establishment is the result of an investment process in technology, training, and qualifications launched five years ago, and is part of the company’s strategy to penetrate the European technical compounds market with a strong partnership between its Italian and German production sites.
For Italy’s Marangoni Group, the decision about the future of its new tyre production plant in Anagni (near Rome) and its 400 employees was not an easy one to reach. Yet after many years of losses running into the millions and no prospect of this improving in the future, in September the company penned the final chapter on its almost quarter-century long engagement in new tyre production – and despite the difficult nature of this decision it comes as a weight off the shoulders for Marangoni’s management, and they are sanguine about devoting all their attention to the core retreading business in future and making strategic investments there. Speaking with Tyres & Accessories, Marangoni CEO Massimo De Alessandri explains what factors went into making the decision, which mistakes were made in the past, why the foray into new tyre production was understandable but – in hindsight –perhaps inadvisable, and what the Marangoni Group now plans going forward.
Following the rebrand/establishment of Marangoni Retreading Systems Deutschland in September 2011, the German part of the Italian retreading company confirmed plans to virtually double output at the end of January 2012. The specific purpose of the investment is to double ringtread production capacity in Hamburg.
Marangoni Retreading Systems has introduced a “new generation” Ringtread design, available for retreading city bus and intercity coach tyres. The BUS100 is designed to improve overall efficiency by increasing mileage and reducing running costs, according to the manufacturer. The pattern features a wide footprint, increased by more than 5 per cent, and solid and sturdy shoulders to improve damage resistance when hitting kerbstones.
Earlier this week Ellerbrock Reifenrunderneuerungs-Technologie GmbH puts its new North Hamburg (Henstedt-Ulzburg) mixing facility into operation. As a result of the six million euro investment, the plant has also taken on a completely new role within the Marangoni Group.
Marangoni reports that the compound department at the Group’s Ellerbrock GmbH operation near Hamburg, Germany will be rebuilt using advanced technology following the extensive damage incurred during last Easter’s fire. In a press release, the Italian based retreader states that following an initial analysis performed by the management of Ellerbrock and Marangoni Holding, it “became clear that the use of modern equipment and the most recent mixing technology will allow an even better response to the increasing demand for high performance compounds for retreading.”
Klaus Zimmermann has retired from headling Ellerbrock Reifenrunderneuerungs Technologie GmbH, in order to “dedicate time to his private life.” Mario Marangoni, president of Ellerbrock’s parent company (Marangoni Spa) and Giovanni Marangoni, President of Marangoni Pneumatici Spa, presented him with a commemorative plaque as an expression of their esteem.
From 1980 to 2005, Klaus Zimmermann was Managing Director of Ellerbrock, heading the company from the beginning of the partnership with the Marangoni Group until the takeover of Ellerbrock GmbH by Marangoni in 1992. During this period, his managerial role was always distinguished by great enthusiasm and detailed knowledge of the truck retreading market, both in Europe and abroad. He was widely recognised for his professional credibility and greatly appreciated as a partner by both customers and colleagues.
Marangoni Tread S.p.A has announced the appointment of Martin Kalagin to the position of marketing manager, a role in which he will oversee all Marangoni Tread and Ellerbrock marketing activities in Europe, with a particular focus placed upon the promotion of the company’s RingTread System.
Before joining Marangoni, Kalagin spent close to a decade working for Bridgestone Europe, Marangoni’s former joint venture partner, in Brussels. Originally employed in the Field Engineering & Product Planning Department, from 2004 Kalagin served as business development manager for the company’s European retreading operations.
Marangoni Retreading Systems (Marangoni Tread SpA and Ellerbrock Reifenrunderneuerungs-Technologie GmbH) have announced a 4 – 5 per cent price increase on all pre-cure retreading brands and product lines. The increase will be applied from 3 July 2006 in European, East European and Mediterranean countries.
Retreading specialists Ellerbrock have introduced the latest addition to their Kontur range of precured treads. The DY-HM has a directional pattern, designed for good traction (on and off the road) and high mileage, with excellent self-cleaning properties. It has a J speed rating and a tread depth of 21.5mm.
Marco Mandrioli, will assume responsibility for Marangoni Retreading Systems and Materials sales and marketing in Europe, Middle East and Africa effective 1 February 2006. Marco Mandrioli, joined the Marangoni Group after 11 years of experience in marketing and product management at Olivetti and six years as marketing director of the Passini Group. In his new position Mandrioli will coordinate and oversee both Marangoni Tread and Ellerbrock commercial activities in Europe and will assume the position of managing director sales and marketing for the German subsidiary of the Italian Group.
Klaus Zimmermann has retired from his position as managing director of Ellerbrock Reifenrunderneuerungs-Technologie GmbH. However the MD is not walking away completely and after 30 years with the company has decided to remain a member of the company’s advisory committee.
The company’s management team is currently represented by Dirk Rohmann as managing director marketing and sales, Matthias Leppert as MD Technology and Wolfgang Schlingmann responsible for accounting.
Ellerbrock has added a new pattern into its PRL line of products. The company’s latest addition is called the DY3. The product will be available this year in 230 and 270 series variations with other sizes to follow. The DY3 features a directional pattern, good traction on and off the road, self cleaning properties and high mileage efficiency, according to Ellerbrock.
Ellerbrock has published a new catalogue detailing the latest updates to its Profil Liner range of retreads. The latest PRL catalogue is available to download free of charge from the following address: http://ellerbrock.de/images/prl_actuell.pdf