The coronavirus crisis represents a challenge for almost all industries and markets in Europe and around the world. But tyres are system-relevant products that ensure, amongst other things, the uninterrupted transportation of goods and supply chain stability. In doing so, they contribute to securing the population’s basic requirements. Kraiburg Austria has adapted to the challenges associated with corona, aiming to guarantee all its partners receive the quality pre-cure and mould cure materials they require on time and with the expected high level of service.
The coronavirus crisis is global in its spread, but as generally known its affect so far has varied from country to country as well as from industry to industry. This is certainly the case within the retreading sector. While it’s been business as usual in Scandinavia and, to some extent, markets in the Baltic region, firms in Mediterranean countries, particularly Italy, were plunged into turmoil. Although the unanimous view amongst material suppliers in Europe – a lot can be read about the state of the market and its development from observing these companies’ business – is that Europe’s retreading market has slumped by around ten to 15 per cent up to and including May, forecasts for the remainder of the year vary. In doing so, they depend significantly upon the answer to one particular question: Are we experiencing a shortage of new tyres, as during Europe’s boom retreading years of 2010 and especially 2011? We asked how things look at two of Europe’s leading material suppliers – Kraiburg and Marangoni.
As well as providing its retreading partners with the necessary materials to contribute to securing people’s basic needs across Europe and keeping truck rolling, Kraiburg reports that it is also committed to those who fight on the medical “front lines”.
Which pattern is most suitable for which application? The revised, 39-page Kraiburg Pattern Programme 2019/20 enables retreaders to choose the best retread thanks to its clear presentation of all important details: Product line (K_base, K_tech and K_plus), core range with width and length specifications, axle position and, of course, recommendation for use. Kraiburg says the programme begins with its top-selling K228 on the title page. This is joined by a further 20 popular treads, which are subdivided into Bus, Mixed Application, Trailer and Traction.
Kraiburg Austria is reports that another nine designs from the retreading specialist have successfully passed the 3PMSF test and are therefore approved as winter retreads with immediate effect. These are: K16, K26, K43, K45, K50, K51, K203, K204, K213. The tests were conducted by the Prüflabor Nord in January and February. As a result of the test a total of 29 Kraiburg patterns can be labelled with the 3PMSF pictogram.
Having appointed Alessandro Bottesini as sales manager in March, Kraiburg Austria now offers extended technical support for its proven, high quality products. The company reports that in it is experience such a move is important for market growth. Furthermore it is of crucial importance for the fleets to under-stand how to fit retreaded tyres with a perfectly matched combination of pattern design and compound for the relevant application.
The latest Kraiburg Austria tread design programme is now available. The retreading specialist has optimised its product range again this year in response to broad customer demand. It says it has streamlined its core range to cater more precisely to the needs of the retreaders, and this has resulted in the discontinuation of some tread lengths and the addition of others.
As of 1 March, Alessandro Bottesini Campos is Kraiburg Austria’s new sales manager for the Spanish retreading market. Based in Valencia, Campos brings with him years of experience gained with Brazilian retreading materials manufacturer Vipal; he was responsible for the brand’s introduction into the European market.
Kraiburg Austria has subjected seven more winter patterns to a 3PMSF test in order to enhance the competitiveness of truck retreads. Now the “3PMSF” (Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake) tyre symbol is linked under ECE-109 R Annex 10 to retreads, this measurement is said to say “far more than the classic “M+S” based on classifications devised by the manufacturers” about a retread’s winter performance.
Kraiburg Group is mourning the passing of highly esteemed shareholder Peter Schmidt. From 1954 to 1999 he participated actively in the company’s operations and as a member of the management board he implemented numerous decisions that shaped the company’s history.
European fleets are gearing up for the changeover to winter tyres – and Kraiburg Austria is catering to this by offering its partners a new city bus design, the K702 plus. The drive axle pattern’s design, says Kraiburg, lends itself to outstanding traction and braking characteristics. These qualities are particularly noticeable in extreme climiatic conditions, such as on snow-covered or wet road surfaces. The use of the premium K_plus compound delivers high mileage, even levels of wear and lower operating temperatures. The use of an irregular tread design also ensures that noise development is reduced.
This year Kraiburg Austria is adopting the “retread into the future” theme at Reifen, Essen from 24 to 27 May. In other words, on the company’s show stand, everything will revolve around the performance of its retreads and how they are comparable with new tyres.
Kraiburg has announced the sudden passing of “friend and former colleague” Helmut Ehmann. Ehmann died suddenly and unexpectedly on Wednesday 28 October 2015 at the age of 74 due to “the debilitating effects following a critical illness”.
Following on from the second Kraiburg summit, Kraiburg Austria invited its Czech and Slovakian customers to a workshop at the end of September in Cerna Hora in the Czech Republic. During the even the retreading specialist shared its stance on various “pro-retread” campaigns and gave a status report on the ReTyre project, explaining the background behind the impending tyre labelling.