Marangoni GRP Launches India’s First Ringtread Franchisee at Cochin


Marangoni GRP Private Limited (MGPL), the JV company active in the commercial vehicle retreading sector in India, has launched its first Full Service RINGTREAD Franchisee in India at Cochin, Kerala – Autobahn Retreading – part of Autobahn Trucking Corporation (P) Ltd.

First Ringtread Franchisee in Cochin Opened by Marangoni GRP

The Retreading workshop was inaugurated by Mr. Giuseppe Marangoni, Vice President, Marangoni Group and Mr. Harsh Gandhi, CEO of GRP. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Marangoni said, “For us India is a key growth market. We strongly believe that in RINGTREAD, Marangoni’s splice-less retread, we have a solution that will significantly reduce the operating costs of fleets in India and having a Franchisee Partner like Autobahn is essential to taking this successfully to the market. The Retreading Market in India needs to further professionalise and get organised and we hope to be the forefront of this transformation.”

Autobahn Retreading, part of Autobahn Trucking Corporation (P) Ltd, is the Kerala Dealer for Bharat Benz Trucks. Speaking on the occasion Mr. Mohamed Farzad, MD said “We are proud to be associated with Marangoni GRP to bring cutting edge technology to the market. We hope the customers will find value and ultimately result in revenue boost to the truck operators”.

Mr. M.A.M. Babu Moopan, Chairman, Nippon Group of which Autobahn Trucking is a subsidiary, conveyed his happiness in the entire tyre retreading facility setup and hoped that the additional value chain service offered by the Group ultimately gives the truckers a one-stop-solution at Autobahn.”

Martin Kalagin, Marangoni's Asian Operations Director, sees Marangoni's engagement in India over the past four years validated by the fact that Autobahn had selected the Marangoni-GRP Retreading System after an extensive investigation of all available options in the market – “being chosen by a highly professional company like Autobahn, means that we have managed to correctly tailor-fit our standard Global Retreading System to the Indian Market requirement”.

Hemant Kaul, CEO of MGPL, emphasises Marangoni-GRP's commitment, to setting up a pan-India network of Franchisees and make Marangoni’s globally proven tyre Retreading technology available on a larger scale to the Indian market within the next two years.

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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