Explaining the benefits, Tony Stapleton of Continental said of the ContiLifeCycle programme, “it reduces on resources such as natural rubber, which underpins savings of around 70-80% CO2 emissions, which gives retreads their unique point of difference.” By having Bandvulc as part of the brand, Continental now has 100 different retread patterns and sizes in the plant’s UK base aimed at all types of commercial vehicles.
Before joining Continental, Bandvulc started production in 1971 and had a weekly retread production of a mere 30 tyres. Celebrating 50 years of production this year, Bandvulc now produces a commercial retread for both its Bandvulc brand and for ContiRe tyres every 3 minutes. This encapsulates how far retreading has come for the UK provider of tyre retreads.
The retreader continues to expand on its portfolio range with the most recent tyre, the Wastemaster 5 launched in June 2021. Focusing on adding an addition to its Fleetmaster range as well as a new trailer offering, Bandvulc is brimming with ideas to match the quietly strengthening market of retreads in the UK, as part of a shift in having greater sustainability in road transport.
How Bandvulc Ensure Quality Casings for Retreads
Continental also sees this shift in the industry as operators take note of the significant price reduction that comes with a retread. As retreads offer environmental benefits and cost savings, Continental argues that they are now a very important element of tyre contracts for many operators. Hand in hand with quality new tyres, which are designed for future retreading, this paves a route to prolonging the life of the tyre, while reducing emissions and lowering overall costs.
For Bandvulc, the team believe that fleets have a crucial role in the retread process, as each fleet should undertake regular checks on their tyres to ensure the tyre casing is operating at its maximum potential. Once a fleet is ready to start the retread process as part of the ContriRe programme, with Continental leaving the casings solely in Bandvulc’s hands.