As of 24 April, the Marangoni factory in Brazil is 20 years old. Inaugurated in 2001, the plant in Minas Gerais state was instrumental in introducing the Ringtread system to markets throughout Latin America, and as such has fulfilled Marangoni’s mission of providing tyre retreaders and their customers with “a higher quality product” suited to a continent that’s home to one of the world’s largest road networks.
Marangoni Tread North America reports that an RDG 200 Ringtread Drive retread has been driven for over 500,000 miles. The RDG 200 Ringtread is a closed shoulder drive tread uses particular compounding technology for “extreme mileage”. The RDG 200’s original tread depth is 27/32nds (21.5 mm).
Marangoni has enlarged its range of pre-cure rings and treads for winter applications with a new product, the Ringtread Blackline ICE202. This 3PMSF drive tyre pattern was developed with long-haul use and “severe winter conditions” in mind, such as those encountered in Nordic countries. The ICE202 is already available in size 315/70R22.5, with 275/70R22.5 and 295/80R22.5 to follow soon.
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.
Marangoni’s Ringtread retreading process doesn’t yet have a sizeable footprint within India’s large commercial vehicle sector, but it is growing. The Marangoni GRP Private Limited (MGPL) joint venture that was established in late 2015 recently took on its fourth franchise partner in India. Marangoni says it is also progressing with plans to add a further four franchise partners.
Marangoni Tread North America is adding capacity to manufacture its XP Extreme Performance wide base Ringtread in the US – specifically at its tread manufacturing plant in Tennessee. According to the company, the move is being made to meet business demand from independent retreaders, Marangoni is expanding.
Marangoni Tread Latino America has been accredited with INMETRO certification for its RingTread and Unitread pre-cure retreading materials production. Certification came after an independent assessment of Marangoni’s production plant in Brazil by Instituto Falcão Bauer, an accredited certification body in Brazil.
Since late 2015, the Marangoni Ringtread process has been represented in India by Marangoni GRP, a joint venture between the Marangoni Group and India rubber recycler GRP. The joint venture operation has now begun the rollout of a network of franchised retreaders within the country – the first, Autobahn Retreading, has opened its doors in the city of Kochi (Cochin). The Autobahn Retreading plant was officially inaugurated by Giuseppe Marangoni, vice-president of the Marangoni Group, together with GRP’s chief executive officer, Harsh Gandhi.
The Marangoni Ringtread system is entering “new territory” with the signing of Finnish retreader and Point S member Lujakumi Oy has signed up as a Marangoni partner. Based in Pori on the country’s west coast, Lujakumi Oy has been in the retreading business for more than 60 years, and look forward to the new partnership agreement.
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.”
Several new products have joined the Marangoni winter portfolio. The Italian retreading supplier states that these treads “offer similar performance” to high quality brand new tyres, and thus represent “the best alternative by far” for those seeking a combination of reliability, high mileage and lower cost.
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.”
Marangoni Retreading Systems has announced a new partnership with Spanish retreading partner, Louzán SL. The Galicia-based company, which was formed in the 1940s, offers a range of services for fleets, including retreading, with ten sales outlets for extensive territorial coverage. Marangoni said the partnership reflects the “major changes” taking place in the retreading industry. While the future of the retread manufacturer’s Rovereto remains uncertain, Marangoni has moved to increase its global partnerships in various markets around the world. The company characterises its latest Spanish partnership as an “expansion” of its activities in the country.