Sustainability remains a central topic
KRAIBURG Austria sees the consistent expansion of activities in the area of environment/sustainability as a central response to the challenges described. The EMAS-certified company joined the “science-based target” initiative in 2022, for example. “With the aid of the Science-Based Targets, company climate goals are developed and calculated which are in harmony with the results of the Paris Climate Agreement and limit global warming to below 1.5 °C. We too want to make our contribution with appropriate goals and deduced measures adapted to our environment,” KRAIBURG Austria’s Ecology Manager Gerold Schachner explained.
Parallel to this, the company has joined the GPSNR initiative (= Global Platform for Sustainable Rubber) which aims to guarantee the purchase of sustainable natural rubber. In addition, KRAIBURG Austria has indicated it would like to actively invite its suppliers to pay attention to the CO2 reduction of their raw materials. The preparations for obligatory sustainability reporting are also well underway. Rolling resistance and CO2 neutrality will be central criteria of the requirement specification for compound development. “Consistent preoccupation with the central topic of sustainability for our branch is near and dear to our family business,” Stefan Mayrhofer continued. “In the face of the rampant shortage of skilled workers, our innovation team is dealing more than ever before with automation and digitalisation options for the retread companies. We will be putting all our efforts into the projects initiated with customers and universities or research institutions this year.”
Optimisation of product and service portfolio
Parallel to this, KRAIBURG says it is working to optimise its product portfolio. The K708 design – developed for local public transport – was successfully launched last year. A field test in 2022 confirmed its performance capability: The tread achieved a mileage of more than 50,000 miles and also features good traction properties and low running noise. A special shoulder geometry in connection with the sidewall plate K-side protects the tyre against damage from contact with the kerb. KRAIBURG Austria wants to convince even more users of its performance this year.
Meanwhile, in its first winter season, the K727 tread has already impressively proven that it can withstand even the harshest conditions of the Scandinavian winter, says the company. “The performance data collected by our customers in practice substantiated a test conducted by the certified Prüflabor Nord (Test Laboratory North) so that the K727 can be a reliable partner for further customers in the coming season,” claimed Christoph Priewasser. The 3PMSF-certified K738, which has been in use on construction sites as well as on public roads since last September has scored high marks, among other things, thanks to its special tread geometry.
“As well as our proven range of products, we are also working on new designs, of course,” added Priewasser. “We are currently developing a new tread for regional traffic equipped with excellent properties. We will reveal the details of this at the appropriate time.”