A few years ago our March 2005 Retreading Special questioned the future of passenger car retreading in Europe after the decisions of Reif Reifen + Autotechnik GmbH and Nokian Tyres to exit the segment sounded a death knell for the industry. Despite this, a few companies have managed to cling on, but due to the huge rise in production of car tyres in so-called low-cost countries such as the Far East, retreads have struggled to compete at this end of the market. At the same time the trouble caused by the ongoing financial crisis has put pressures on businesses and consumers alike, with some markets such as the UK experiencing a sharp increase in the sales of part worn tyres. This in turn has led sections of the market to declare war on part worn tyres they see both as questionable in terms as safety and as a threat to the sales of better quality and higher value products. With all this in mind, Tyres & Accessories asks if there is a middle ground for passenger retreaders to occupy in the pressurised mature markets of Western Europe.
Unlike the passenger car tyre side of the business, which had been established and built up over several years before GiTi opened up its UK operation, the truck tyre segment had to be established from virtually nothing. Now the company claims a unit market share that puts it close to third in the UK.
Aeolus added two new patterns to its growing truck tyre range. The ASR69 and ADR69 truck tyres are now available in popular sizes 295/80R22.5 and 315/80R22.5. According to the company, ASR69 replaces the HN257 and ADR69 replaces the HN355 for regional haul use. The new additions have been designed with a wider casing structure to make them suitable for retreading, a significant feature for Chinese manufactured truck tyres and one company representatives say will offer end users greater flexibility and life cycle value. All Aeolus truck tyres are also regroovable. (See separate article in September’s Retreading Special supplement for further details on Aeolus’ plans relating to the development of its retread offer)
Business minister Mark Prisk MP visited Michelin’s Campbell Road, Stoke-on-Trent Remix truck tyre retread plant today (23 May) and acknowledged its modernisation and the completion of the introduction of the first phase of Michelin Durable Technologies retreading there. The minister literally signed-off the first four tyres to roll off the new production line after they passed the inspection process. Prisk was there to see how £20 million of investment has been used to upgrade machinery and equipment.
Until 2015, retread tyres are outside the remit of labelling Regulations 1222/2009 and 1235/2011, but at the recent Tire Technology Expo in Cologne, Germany, Bipaver secretary, Ruud Spuijbroek presented the progress the organisation has made – and hopes to continue to make, if adequate funds are available – in what it believes could be “a new beginning” for small and medium enterprise (SME) truck tyre retreading, with labelling its catalyst. Bipaver used the event to explain in full the current details of its “Re Tyre” project, with the latest decision from Brussels on the future of the scheme to follow in the next month or two.
The latest edition of Tyres & Accessories is now available online, simply click more to see the September issue. This time round the magazine includes a feature on the winter market as well as all the latest news and analysis.
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Following a crisis related dip in business in 2009, last year Laurent Reifen GmbH was able to once again set its sights on growth. While financial statements for the crisis year show the retreader still managed to sell more than 80,000 retreaded truck tyres and by doing so reduced its stock levels, last year turnover increased by a “clear double figure amount; we’ve never sold so many tyres,” as sales manager Dirk Schierhorn told Tyres & Accessories. Amongst other things, the Michelin Group owned retreader used last year’s business recovery to fine-tune the company for further shifts in the market.
For more than a year the Marangoni Group has operated its retreading business out of a central holding company. The Italian retreader also recently established a new corporate headquarters at its Rovereto site and consequently closed its centre in Verona. These actions were taken in response to structural changes within the market that necessitate increased speed and responsiveness. In an interview with Tyres & Accessories, Marangoni Group CEO Massimo De Alessandri explained the company’s current position in terms of its consolidation, the motivations driving it and the future facing those parts of the company not belonging to its retreading business.
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The latest edition of our Retreading Special supplement is now online. Produced in both English and German by Tyres & Accessories and Neue Reifenzeitung, the latest issue of the growing retreading publication features exclusive articles on how raw material prices are affecting the market; Marangoni's new corporate centre in Rovereto; Bandvulc tripling export sales; the latest industry facts and figures and much more. Subscribers can click more to read the complete 32-page product.
Bridgestone Corporation's subsidiary Bridgestone Bandag Manufacturing (Thailand) Co Ltd has held its opening ceremony, marking the completion of Bridgestone's newest manufacturing plant located in the Chonburi Province of Thailand. The plant will produce precure tread, which will be supplied to the growing retread markets in Japan, Asia and China. The new facility is expected to have a production capacity of 30 tons per day by the end of 2013. It is the first precure tread facility the Bridgestone Group has built since acquiring the US-based retread operating company, Bandag Inc, in 2007.
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Goodway Integrated Industries Bhd is aimining to increase exports of its off-the-road (OTR) tyres, following an agreement to enter into a joint business venture with World Rubber Trading, a Greece-based tyre distributor.
According reports in Malaysia’ Business Times, Goodway's 75 per cent owned subsidiary Bigwheel OTR Sdn Bhd and World Rubber Trading signed an agreement on 13 September, which will see the Greek company supply OTR tyre casings to Bigwheel for the production of retreaded tyres at its manufacturing plant in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan.