Indian tread manufacturer Midas is continuing to expand its number of certified retreaders across the Indian market. The Cochin headquartered tread major started its network expansion programme with Kerala and has now expanded into the western state of Gujarat with the addition of three new approved retreaders, all of whom have a long-term association with Midas and who individually retread around 5,000 tyres annually. The three new additions to the network are Perfect Retreads (Vadodara), Maa Krups Tyres (Hazira) and New Tapi Tyre Retread (Surat).
Midas Continuing to Expand Number of Certified Retreaders
“We will have ten certified retreaders within this month, and by the end of this calendar year we expect to have 50 approved certified retreaders,” informed Paulose Varughese, Director, Midas Treads. When asked whether there is any finite target for the size of the network, Varughese replied: “There is no target whereby, after reaching a certain number of approvals, the certification process stops, but we will continue with the certification to cover as many retreaders as possible, as the idea is to partner them in improving their standards.”
Midas started awarding Approved Retreader Certificates based on a rigorous audit exercise, which checks and oversees various quality systems at the retreading site. This certification recognises the commitment of customers to maintain high standards of quality in their operations.
“The certification ensures fleet operators that retreading at the certified sites is safe, follows the right process and will be carried out as per the quality systems of Midas,” said Varughese.
The audit is conducted by a retreading expert with over three decades of experience in the field, who evaluates the quality systems of Midas customers in areas such as process, inspection, machinery, retreading quality and safety.
“We keep on visiting the sites regularly in order to re-audit their operations, to sort out operational issues or market challenges faced by them from time to time. It is not a one-time audit exercise as our objective is to improve the overall standards of the retreading industry in the country,” he added.
Midas is committed to continue to support its customers in their efforts to achieve and maintain high standards of quality in order to provide the best service possible to all its customers.
“Approved Retreader Certification is the first step in improving the overall quality of retreading in India. With the increasing usage of radial tyres, it is important to improve the technical training and certification of all retreaders,” he concluded.