Continental’s new ContiTread — a retread product manufactured by Marangoni with the same rubber compounding, tread designs and fuel-saving technologies as new Continental tires — will be available in the United States and Canada for fleet customers through Continental and MTNA dealers, Continental announced. In Mexico, Continental is developing a total retreading business model for its dealers that will include setups of retread operations with Marangoni equipment, and sales of the ContiTread products.
According to Continental, ContiTreads will be available in designs based on its HDL Eco Plus (Heavy Drive Long-Haul) and HTL Eco Plus (Heavy Trailer Long-Haul) tires, both of which are certified for increased fuel efficiency through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport Partnership.
Continental says ContiTread products initially are available using Ringtread technology, a retread in the form of a ring that is cured in a centripetal press; this summer, the company will launch ContiTread Premium Cut-To-Length treads, a flat tread that fits the tire casing perfectly with no waste in tread rubber.
“Continental customers choose our truck tires for their innovations in tread design, exceptional performance in fuel efficiency, and advanced tread compounds,” says Paul Williams, executive vice president of the commercial vehicle tire division for CTNA – The Americas. “But the lifecycle of these benefits should not end when the casing is retreaded. Today with ContiTread, customers will be able to receive a retread product that can last through multiple lifetimes and is produced with the same treads and technologies as their new Continental truck tires.”
By using the tread designs and advanced compounding of the HDL Eco Plus and HTL Eco Plus tires, ContiTreads will be one of the market’s least rolling-resistant and most fuel-efficient retread products, Williams says. “ContiTreads not only look the same as new Continental tires, but they will perform like new tires and still provide excellent fuel economy,” he says. “You should never have to expect anything less throughout the entire lifecycle of a tire.”
Continental chose Marangoni to produce the ContiTread product based on its expertise as one of the world’s most technologically advanced retreading manufacturers, Williams says. In Europe, the parent companies Continental AG and Marangoni S.p.A. have a tread rubber manufacturing cooperation that also includes production of private label tires for Italy.