70 % of the cost of building a new premium tyre is building the CASING. A casing is the re-usable SKELETON equivalent part of a tyre in HUMAN terms. A tyre can be defined as a CONTAINER OR BOX filled up with air. The cavity that holds the air is the re-usuable casing in premium tyres. It follows that if this re-useable casing is discarded before it is exhaustively used, then it is akin to throwing money throw the window. Tyre Retreading is the process of renewing the tread for a structurally sound tyre casing. The remodeled casing is then put through a curing process that causes the new rubber to vulcanize to the new casing. The new result is a new tyre with a fresh tread pattern. The retread process (See separate Sheet Attached)
Tyre management Process
Benefits of Retread
Retreaded tyres are less expensive
Tests by the KTL and Technical teams have proven mileages of between 80,000 and 120,000 kilometers on both the trailer and drive positions on on/off road conditions. This means that even though a retread costs less than half the cost of a new premium tyre, it can deliver upto 70% mileage of a tyre tyre
Retreads are safe
Contrary to the well-known mythology that most of the strewn rubber burst tyre alligators (remnants) are retreads, research has proven that these tyre remains are products of tyres (both new and retreads) that have suffered bursts due to lack of proper tyre maintenance. In the U.S. A Retread tyres are used in Military , Medical and Commercial vehicles. Airlines retread their tyres upto 3 times.
Retreads are available in all tyres of tread designs and sizes
At KTL, retreading is done for tyres rim sizes ranging from 16 inch to 22.5 , on request we have arrangement to retread tractor as well as earth mover tyres. The versatility is increase by the tread pattern range on both on/off road application.
Retreads are environmentally friendly
By retreading one tyre, approximately 27 liters of crude oil that would otherwise be used to make a new tyre is saved. In Kenya, approximately 200,000 Truck tyres are repaired and retread in retreading factories (and kept out of the dumpsites) which works out to approximately 5.4 million liters of crude oil.