Established in 2020, AZuR is a German-based innovation network for end-of-life tyre recycling with a membership list that includes retreading and recycling firms, academia and state agencies. After receiving financial support from Germany’s government for the first ten months of its existence, AZuR has been self-funded under the patronage of the German Rubber Manufacturers Association (wdk) since June 2021. The network recently began a major study into the ecological and economic aspects of retreading, and reported yesterday that the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) has committed to support this work.
Phil Robinson has joined Marangoni Retreading Systems as senior country manager for the United Kingdom, Ireland and United Arab Emirates. In this role he supports Mike Carter during the gradual transition towards Carter’s retirement.
Marangoni is raising prices for retreading materials in all global markets. It reports that as of 1 June, sales prices for the tyre retreading rubber materials offered by its Retreading Systems division will increase by 0.20 euros to 0.30 euros per kilogramme, depending on the product.
Italy’s Prime Minister announced last week that non-essential production within the country must stop in order to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Marangoni Retreading Systems has asked the government to clarify whether the transportation sector counts as an essential service under the new rules, but at the same time has taken steps to ensure its ability to continue meeting demand should production at its Ferentino cease.
The Marangoni Ringtread ‘MIX’ range has grown with the addition of a new pattern, the Blackline MIX202. Marangoni Retreading Systems describes the MIX202 drive axle tyre as “an innovative pattern designed for use on the drive axle of vehicles operating in mixed road/quarry applications requiring high mileage in very demanding surfaces.”
Marangoni Retreading Systems has expanded its Ringtread business in the Benelux countries. The Italian retreading specialist has entered into a partnership with Kargro Group company Tyre Plan Europe, signing an exclusivity agreement for the use of Marangoni’s retreading technology in the region. Tyre Plan Europe BVBA was established in 1988 in Kalmthout, Belgium and until recently operated as a Bandag franchisee. The newest partner in the Ringtread business has developed into one of the region’s largest pre-cure retreaders over the years.
With the launch of its latest range of pre-cure treads, Marangoni Retreading Systems has fully integrated its European product lines. The new range only includes two brands – PRL and Unitread – and Marangoni says this will lead to a “significant reduction of the complexity previously caused by product overlaps.”
Marangoni Retreading Systems has enlarged its Ringtread Blackline range with two new additions, the RTL FE and RDL FE. The manufacturer describes both as “ground-breaking products” and “fuel efficient designs that deliver the all-around best compromise to over the road fleets in traction, fuel saving and mileage, in long haul applications.”
Through its subsidiary Marangoni Kauçuk, Marangoni Retreading Systems has established a new warehouse and head office in Istanbul. From this site, Marangoni will both supply the Turkish city’s retreaders and its nationwide network.
Prices for rubber retreading materials sold by Marangoni’s Retreading Systems division will increase by four to eight per cent, depending on product category, in all European markets invoiced in euros. Prices will also rise in non-euro countries such as the UK, however at a different rate. The new price structure will be implemented this month.
At this year’s Essen show, the Marangoni Group will focus on its primary core business, Retreading Systems, and also highlight its Ringtread system. The company says it will use its exhibition space (Hall 3, Stand 3C42) to “confirm the important role of high-quality retreaded truck tyres along the value chain of the transportation industry” and these products’ “environmental value.”
Michelin Tyre Plc is consulting on the closure of its Ballymena truck tyre factory at the same time as investing in the expansion of its Dundee car tyre and Stoke-on-Trent retreading sites. The Ballymena factory closure plans suggest the site will be run-down between now and a mid-2018 closure point. The Ballymena factory currently employs 860 people and Michelin says it is “committed to supporting those employees during consultation and in the forthcoming months”.
The super wide segment, which refers to tyres with a tread width exceeding 325mm, has been grown exponentially all over the world in recent years. These tyres have been used in Europe as trailer tyres for many years, however more recently they have also gained favour in North America and their applications have progressively extended to cover drive and front axle fitments.
Marangoni Retreading Systems appointed Nejat Dagdemir as general manager of its Marangoni Kaucuk Ticaret, Turkish sales subsidiary, which is located in Izmir.
With 400,000 retreads a year and around 80 retreaders, Turkey is the sixth biggest European market in terms of the total number of retreads, and second only to Germany regarding cold retreading technology. This means that, with the Marangoni Ringtread and Unitread lines, Marangoni Kaucuk Ticaret has a 20 per cent share of the domestic market – that’s according to company representatives who characterize this as a good level, although less than in other European countries.