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.”
Recent product developments at Rema Tip Top have focused on tyre repair technology, and one result is a “ground-breaking’” innovation: The M-RCF 400 (Multi Radial Cement Free) patch series. Rema Tip Top says the M-RCF 400 delivers “both ecological and economic advantages for the repair of car and truck tyres.” Notably, the patch can be fitted without the need for solvent-containing chemicals. The associated products needed for repair are also free of CFCs.
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.
Galgo has opened new European headquarters (including warehousing and offices) in order to expand the company’s retreading coverage and sales presence. This expansion takes the company from Tongeren to the Ghent-Antwerp-Brussels triangle in Belgium, close to inland Beverdonk and the Meerhout container terminal.
Vipal Rubber aims to “make its mark” during Reifen 2016 with the display of some of its most recent treads. For example, the company is showing its VRT3 and DV-UM3, emphasising the “exclusive design” that has reportedly earned clients in locations all over the world.
Kraiburg Austria has updated its pattern programme to include the K701 “winter specialist” and the results are now available. The 2015/2016 issue is laid out in the usual way in that the patterns are listed in ascending number order. The division into groups depending on applications does not feature in the print version but customers who are interested in this version can still download it from the Internet.
Tamworth-based Polymer Recyclers Ltd (PRL) is putting together a case for a retread compound with recycled tyre crumb as a major ingredient. The company says it is currently retreading and trialling retread compound containing 35 per cent rubber crumb. It calculates that this method could yield a material saving of 25 per cent.
Marangoni and Tatneft Group have agreed to form a retreading joint venture in Russia. Based in Nizhnekamsk, Republic of Tatarstan, the joint venture to retread all steel truck tyres will operate as KaMaRetread LLC and is expected to commence operations in the first half of 2015. Trading house Kama, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tatneft, will own 65 per cent, while Marangoni SpA will own the remaining 35 per cent. Tatneft is the owner of Nizhnekamskshina, which recently reached the milestone of two million all-steel radial truck tyres produced by its Nizhnekamsk factory.
Marangoni Retreading Systems has hosted an event dedicated to its premium retread line: Ringtread Blackline. 25 customers from throughout Europe were selected as the most important representatives of the Ringtread System Network, meeting in Germany, nearby Henstedt Ulzburg.
Marcus Knoth has become the new Kraiburg Austria sales manager for UK and Ireland, effective July. Knoth started working for Kraiburg in March 2011 in the company’s tyre compounds business division. Since September 2012, he commenced working in the retreading sector as sales manager for several South East European and Scandinavian markets.
Vipal Rubber will launch a second new product at Reifen 2014, joining its VL140 on Hall 10 Stand 10C32. The Brazilian retread components manufacturer will prepare for its country’s hosting of the World Cup by launching the VT190 tyre tread for highway cargo transportation. The tread has small and medium truck, minibus, pickup and light commercial vehicle applications.
Vipal will exhibit its latest VL140 heavy duty pre-cure trailer and super single tread from Hall 10 Stand C32. The Brazilian retreading material supplier has taken its products to numerous trade shows already this year, including its home show, Pneushow-Recaufair , at the Expo Center Norte in São Paulo.
Not many companies operating in the OTR tyre business either locally or further afield are very happy at the moment. While the manufacturers of new tyres in particular must contend with substantial losses and respond to the weak market with discounts, retreaders – as is often the case – occasionally benefit from the situation. The global mining sector has especially suffered as a result of sinking raw material prices, a phenomenon that in turn has directly influenced the production of and consequently the demand for tyres; in contrast, the construction sector has lately shown signs of stability in Europe. Nevertheless, it is important for companies within this market segment to adapt to conditions. With this in mind, in recent months Rösler Tyre Innovators has made several important decisions.
This year, Kraiburg Austria has launched a new in-house developed trailer pattern and also supplemented its existing patterns with additional sizes. The new trailer tread is now available as the K 800 in the K_Base range, as the KLT 1 in the K_plus line-up. The new tread is initially available in 287mm and 295mm widths and will be joined by 305mm and 320mm widths in the middle of the year. The retreading specialist says the K800/KLT1 is ideal for local and long-haul applications on semi-trailer, trailer and towed axles.