In recognition for the best new technological innovation for the retreading sector.
Spanish retreader Insa Turbo has combined with EDS Robotics to introduce a new system, which allows three extruder builders to be integrated with a single robot, which allows a significant increase in production capacity with the need for only one operator.
Kal Tire’s carbon calculator is able to determine fuel and carbon emissions saved by retreading earthmover tyres compared to buying new. The system has been launched alongside Kal Tire’s Maple Program, which quantifies a customer’s environmental impact as they grow their fleet with retreads.
Neroforce, the Leipheim, Germany based start-up, has introduced a number of new products this year. The company’s new range of Densolit Carbide tools has been manufactured using an innovative process in which a bionic sealing layer is applied to the abrasives, which brings a number of kety benefits including increased sharpness, lower heat generation and longer service life.
Germany retreader Rigdon has installed The Robotic Cell Black Constrictor Twin, developed under the company’s agreement with TRM. The unit combines the Black Swan, a vertical extruder with strip winding technology, and Twin, a double hydraulic chuck on a rotary turret, both TRM’s exclusive technology, which has made it possible to divide the activities into multiple stations with a high level of quality and efficiency. The production cell is assisted by an anthropomorphic robot that carries out all the carcass handling activities between the automatic monorail and the building machine.
Vipal’s Eye Control Technology is a suggestive tread wear indicator. Having an eye-shaped look it has three elements which enable users to quickly check tyre anomalies, the suggested time for rotation and when to remove the tyre for retreading.
Goodway Integrated (GIIB), founded in 1990, is among the best known of the Malaysian manufacturers of tread rubber and markets its Supercool tread brand to over 60 countries worldwide. With technology derived from an earlier joint venture with Kraiburg, has a strong network of dealers in South East Asia, the Middle East and East Africa in particular, but maintains a profile across the globe.
Kraiburg Austria, based in Geretsberg in Upper Austria, has been producing materials for the retreading industry since 1965, forming part of the wider Kraiburg Group of companies. The company is a leader within the European market both in terms of market share and quality positioning, maintaining a strong presence among independent retreaders both in the traditional Western European markets and well as in the newer markets in Eastern Europe.
Marangoni is a world-renowned brand leader in the retreading industry, and a major global supplier of tread rubber both for mould cure and precure processes. The company’s Ringtread System has been recognized as an innovation that has helped position the company as a quality leader. The Marangoni brand is a market leader in Europe. However, the company also has manufacturing facilities in Brazil and the USA where strong market positions have also been gained, in addition to subsidiaries and joint ventures in other global markets, in particular South Africa, Australia and India.
Maxrubber Industries Sdn Bhd, based in Klang, Malaysia, is family owned business which has become one of the fastest growing tread rubber suppliers in the international market with clients located around the world. The company introduced a fully segmented brand line up in 2017, has recently invested in a new tread press, which will allow the company to target growth in the European market. The company is also an active supplier of tread rubber to the OTR market.
Vipal Rubber, based in Nova Prata and Porto Alegre, Brazil, has established itself as one of the largest tread rubber manufacturers in the world. With 13 distribution centres spread across strategic points of the globe, it is present in over 90 countries and in all continents. It is the undisputed leader in South America with over 300 authorised retreaders, and also has a strong position with independent retreaders in the USA, Europe and Australasia. To supply this market Vipal has four factories in Brazil as well as a strategic manufacturing co-operation in Spain.