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Second Time Around: Retreading is not just for big fleets

April 13, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — What do big fleets know about tires that many smaller fleets have yet to figure out? It’s that retreading works. The money that can be saved through retreading is staggering, yet many small fleets and owner-operators are not yet on board with a retreading program.

To be fair, there are a few hurdles smaller fleets need to overcome before a program can work as smoothly as it might for a large fleet, but questions can be answered by working closely with a dealer. There’s also the lingering negative perception about retreads, and of course there’s the cost. It’s not hard to find a new tire from some offshore suppliers selling products for less than the price of a retread.

It’s difficult to get an exact count of the number of retreaded tires sold in Canada, but Gerard Antle, business development manager at Atlantic Oliver Retread, in Dieppe, N.B., says about 160,000 retreads are sold each year in Atlantic Canada alone. Colin Rafferty, a corporate account manager at KalTire in Vernon, B.C., says his nine retread dealers across Canada produce about 350,000 retreads a year. And there are many more dealers producing many more retreads not accounted for in those numbers. In 2015, Heavy Duty Trucking and Modern Tire Dealer magazines produced a report based on fleet surveys that showed U.S. fleets of 100 trucks or more buy twice as many retreaded tires as new tires.


Retread, and realize returns

February 13, 2018 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. — Tires are a fleet’s third-highest operating expense, just after wages and fuel. But while many fleet managers can tell you precisely how many drops of diesel they burn, tire life is often described in vague terms, says Lorenzo Borella, general manager of Montreal’s Système de rechapage RTS.

A closer look at the life of rolling rubber will identify just how quickly the rolling rubber is heading to the scrap heap, and stress the need to maximize the underlying investments.

Having a healthy casing retreaded, for example, can save as much as 50% compared to buying a new tire of the same brand and model. According to the Tire Retread Information Bureau, those savings add up to billions each year in the North American trucking industry, says Robert Palmer, director of market sales for Bridgestone Americas tire operations.


Second ContiLifeCycle plant opens in Western Canada

May 4, 2017 by John Smith

LANGLEY, BC – DVC Enterprises of Vancouver has opened Western Canada’s second ContiLifeCycle commercial tire retreading plant.


Retreaders see threat in Chinese-made tires

May 3, 2017 by John Smith

FALLS CHURCH, VA – A U.S. International Trade Commission decision not to enact tariffs on Chinese truck and bus tires is threatening jobs in the U.S. retreading industry, the Tire Retread and Repair Information Bureau says.


Recommended tire repair, retread practices online

April 17, 2017 by John Smith

FALLS CHURCH, VA – The Tread Rubber and Tire Repair Materials Manufacturer’s Group has published new Recommended Practices for retreading and repairing tires, with details now published on the Tire Retread and Repair Information Bureau’s (TRIB’s) website.



August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Tires are a key cost item, so how do you manage them? Just keep them inflated properly.



August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Tires are a mighty big cost, so retreading should make sense for just about everyone.



August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

A new 16-page full-color brochurefrom TRIB