The top process among the Top 100? Bandag
More retreaders in Commercial Tire Dealer’s “Top 100 Retreaders in the United States” list favor the Bandag precure process than any other.
Forty-two of the 100 use it, representing 23,364 of the estimated 47,473 truck tires produced per day, or 49.2%. Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions accounts for 13.2% of the list’s total Bandag production.
Bridgestone Bandag is the third largest retreader in the U.S., behind Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems LLC, a Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. subsidiary, and Purcell Tire & Rubber Co. Of the Top 100, 17 use Goodyear’s precure process (three of the 17 also use Goodyear’s mold cure process).
In total, the 17 Goodyear retreaders produce an average of 9,037 truck tire retreads per day (8,122 precure and 915 mold cure), or 19% of the total truck tire retreads produced.
More retreaders in the list use one or both of Michelin Retread Technologies Inc.’s processes than Goodyear’s -- 22 to 17. Michelin’s Pre-Mold and Custom Mold retreaders produce 9,678 truck tire retreads per day (7,397 precure, 2,281 mold cure), or 20.3% of the total. Michelin’s largest retreader is Tire Centers LLC, which is fifth on CTD’s list, immediately behind Southern Tire Mart, an independent Bandag retreader.
Marangoni Tread North America produces 1,822 precure/RingTread truck tire retreads per day, or 3.8% of the total, solely through its independent dealer channel. One of the nine is ninth-place Les Schwab Tire Centers, which produces 600 Marangoni retreads per day.
Look for a further breakdown of the numbers in the June issue of Modern Tire Dealer.