Stefan Mayrhofer, managing director of Kraiburg Austria, is convinced that environmental protection and sustainability awareness are “topics that we owe to future generations.” This is the reason the retreading specialists strives to act in an environmentally responsible manner, its receipt of the EMAS certificate three years ago serving as evidence of these efforts.
A strategic meeting in Valencia, Spain afforded Vipal Europe the opportunity to review the year that’s been. Amongst the significant changes to occur in recent times is the inclusion of the entire African territory within the Vipal Europe remit. This follows the addition of the North Africa and Middle East regions to the Vipal Europe operation in 2021.
It is 70 years since Galgo took its first steps towards becoming a leading supplier to the tyre retreading industry. The company began producing and marketing shoe soles in August 1952 in Mexico City but soon expanded its portfolio to include rubber flooring and mats, gaskets, tubes, flaps, and, of course, retreading products.
Marcos Guzman, president of B&J Rocket, reports that the retreading equipment specialist has appointed Humberto Karam its key account manager in Europe. Karam succeeds Christian Wolf, who has taken on the role of product manager at Kraiburg Austria.
Having been founded in 2015, Hove-based retreader Seryt Ltd (also known as Seryt Group) is still a relative newcomer. Not only that, but the business was founded at a time when the UK retreading scene has consolidated, meaning it is now made up of comparatively few players, all of which are decades older than Seryt. Nevertheless, something about Seryt’s approach brings with it the necessary fresh air for success and the company continues towards its ambitious European expansion plans despite wider market headwinds.
Cabot Corporation has expanded its Engineered Elastomer Composites (E2C) product line for use in off-the-road (OTR) tyre retreading applications. These products utilise a propriety process technology that mixes reinforcing carbons into elastomers; the manufacturer says OTR tyre retreaders and rubber compound suppliers can “now leverage Cabot’s state-of-the-art E2C products to extend the life of the retread by as much as 30 per cent.”
Retreading specialist Kraiburg Austria has expressed satisfaction with its performance in 2021 and reports pleasing sales growth in all product segments. The company recorded sales of 75.5 million euros, a 13 per cent increase compared with the previous year.
One of India’s largest suppliers of retreading materials has a new chief executive officer. As of June 2021, Vijay Shrinivas is chief executive of Indag Rubber Ltd. He succeeds Kewal Krishan Kapur, who’d had been with the company since 2001.
The global struggle to reduce global warming through greater sustainability, conservation of resources and lowering of CO2 emissions is undisputedly one of the key problems our generation must address. Kraiburg Austria stresses that “the time for empty appeals, soapbox speeches and lip service is over,” adding that “coordinated measures need to be taken or introduced immediately to ensure the living conditions of future generations.”
This year, retreading materials manufacturer Vipal Rubber is celebrating what it views as an important milestone – 15 years of operations in Eastern Europe. Vipal’s activities within this region began with the opening of a distribution centre in Slovenia in 2006, and today it supplies treads and other retreading products to approximately 50 customers there and in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland as well as to markets in the Balkan and Baltic regions.
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.
Retreading material supplier Galgo has confirmed that its DGR (Drive Galgo Regional) tread design is now part of the GALGOMR 3PMSF (Three Peak Mountain Snow Flake) accredited product line. As a result, Galgo offers a total of 21 certified 3PMSF treads to its customers as part of the GALGOMR range.
As of 1 March 2021, the price of the rubber materials that Marangoni Retreading Systems supplies for tyre retreading will increase by 0.20 euros per kilogramme in all European markets. Marangoni says this increase reflects price increases for raw materials used within the sector.
TECH Tire Repairs, a wholly-owned company of Technical Rubber Company (TRC) has launched a new e-commerce site. According to the company, the site provides a way for any automotive, commercial truck or agriculture repair shop not supported by a TECH distributor, to access 24-7-365 TECH’s products.
It’s almost eight months since the European Commission made its final decision regarding anti-dumping duties on new and retreaded truck and bus tyres manufactured in China, and Vipal Rubber is celebrating what it considers an “upturn in the tyre retreading market in Europe.”