We asked Salter what is the one development a tyre manufacturer would like to see in the tyre retreading sector.
“The answer comes back to data,” he replied. “More and more businesses are using data to make informed decisions. As a retread manufacturer, this is great news because data gives a true reflection of the real costs associated with retread solutions. We are convinced that data will show how cost-effective retreading is for truck and bus transport operators. Historically, fleets have gone on gut feel or intuition, which is where our move to be a mobility solutions provider – featuring advances in data through Webfleet Solutions – will come into its own. In this regard, developments are already happening.”
Given the growing influence of the major tyre manufacturers on the retreading sector, we also wanted to know how Salter felt independent retreaders would be able to prosper in the future.
“The best way to survive and prosper is to work in close partnership with tyre manufacturers like Bridgestone, which is why Bandag is the most compelling option,” he said. “The perfect solution, as we see it, is being an independent Bandag franchisee, owned and run by entrepreneurs and working in partnership with Bridgestone as a global tyre supplier.”
It clearly also helps to have a continuous stream of new retread products flowing into the marketplace. With this in mind, Bridgestone have recently introduced a retread solution in the key bus sizes to complement the launch of their U-AP 002 bus tyre. The U-AP 002 comes with decreased rolling resistance and extended mileage to reduce fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and total cost of ownership - and has been developed to fulfil the ever-increasing requirements of an electric and hybrid bus fleet.
The company has also introduced both the RD2 and the RT2 in line with Bridgestone’s new flagship Duravis range in key sizes and, over the coming months, the sizes will expand in line with Bridgestone’s overall new tyre offering.