For smaller fleets who prefer obscure sizes, the Group has a range of mid-range to premium casings. Bell underlines that a quality retread is only possible with a solid casing, so Prometeon maintains a robust supply chain from UK customer fleets and tyre dealers to maximise the possibility of retreading, although he freely admits that sometimes they may source casings from Europe if they experience a rush of orders.
How Retreading is Experiencing a Renaissance
Echoing other retreaders, Bell indicates that new imported budget tyres have fallen somewhat by the wayside for a large section of fleets, in spite of the economic certainty caused by Covid-19.Operators are more distrustful of budget tyres, “Due to poor mileage performance, stock availability issues and fluctuations in prices,” Bell argues. Equally important, the retreading market has definitely benefited from the tariffs imposed on tyres imported from China. This not only gives the retreading sector a fighting chance of expanding but also helps Promoteon’s Prometec line grow year-on-year.
Equally beneficial for UK retreaders is the current worldwide situation. While the wider supply chain issues that are currently garnering a fair share of headlines, such as import cost increases and the lack of HGV drivers, are significantly damaging the commercial sector recovery, these issues mostly affect budget imports and don’t impact retreaders. For stability, the retread market is finding its niche as a reliable, constant source of security.