Change of Direction at Kingpin

Kingpin Tyres

A new era begins at Kingpin Tyres, the Shropshire tyre retreading firm has finally decided to call a day on its retreading operations and focus on recycling.

Kingpin Focus on Recycling

After 45 years in Wem, competition from budget tyres and the high price of raw materials has driven the company to rethink its direction. It has been collecting tyres as part of its retread operation, and for some time has been shredding those tyres it could not retread. So, the development of Kingpin Tyres into a full tyre recycling operation is an easy step for the firm.

Factory manager Mark Cartwright said, “The recycling – shredding – side of the business is very strong and we obviously continue to run the tyre collections.”

The firm was launched by Jack Crangle in 1973. His son Barry and daughter Deborah later took on the running of the firm.


About the author

David is the Owner and Publisher of Retreading Business. With over 30 years' experience as a specialist tyre industry journalist, he first entered the tyre industry in 1987 as Editor of Tyres & Accessories. He was Editor of Tyre Trade News between 1993-96 before establishing Retreading Business in 1997. In 2004 he acquired the Malaysian tyre magazine The Tyreman, before establishing Tyre & Rubber Recycling in 2009. In addition to his publishing ventures, he was also Director of the Retread Manufacturers' Association between 2004 and 2014.


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