From cradle to grave: Continental truck tire news

Dec. 17, 2013

Continental Tire the Americas LLC has a matching retread for its Continental HTL1 wide-base tire.

“We are very happy to end the 2013 year on a high note for our ContiTread fleets and licensed dealers by offering another new premium retread product,” says John Barnes, ContiLifeCycle manager for the Americas. “Today we are announcing that our HTL1 wide-single truck tire is now available as a ContiTread retread.

"In 400 millimeter tread width, the HTL1 can be retreaded for fleets who operate wide single drive or trailer tires in sizes 445/50R22.5 and 455/55R22.5, and is an excellent solution for this special market concerned with weight and fuel savings.”

Wide-base, or wide-single, truck tires like the HTL1 (Heavy Trailer Long Haul) are often used in liquid and dry bulk hauling applications where weight is a concern, or by fleets seeking to take advantage of weight savings for greater fuel efficiency by reducing the number of wheel and rim assemblies.

Continental’s HTL1 ContiTread matches the fuel efficient tread pattern of the new tire -- and features a 13/32-inch tread depth.

"This HTL1 ContiTread is a great addition to our retread business because it allows us to offer even more retreads to fleets who have a specific application or operating concern," says Barnes. "The 400 millimeter width allows us greater flexibility in the casings we can accept, because now we can retread casings with all the common sizes in this segment."

"It’s a great holiday gift for ContiTread dealers like us, and our customers, to now be able to offer this product,” says Scott Snyder, vice president and general manager of DLS Retreading Inc., a ContiTread licensee.

SmartWay-verified: HDR2 Eco Plus

Continental's Commercial Vehicle Tire Group recently received low rolling resistance retread technology verification for another new product under the Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay Transport Partnership. The HDR2 Eco Plus, a fuel efficient drive tire, was verified for use in drive positions on class 8, line-haul tractors.

The EPA has determined that certain tire models can reduce NOx emissions and fuel use by 3% or more, relative to the best selling new tires for line haul class 8 tractor trailers, according to the SmartWay Transport Partnership website. The HDR2 Eco Plus is now the 21st in a line of Continental new and retreaded truck tire products that are currently listed as verified by SmartWay; the HTL1 ContiTread will be submitted to SmartWay for verification, adds Barnes.

The HDR2 Eco Plus features a 30/32-inch tread depth and an open shoulder design for excellent traction without sacrificing even wear. Compared to the HDR2 (Heavy Drive Regional), the Eco Plus has approximately 20% less rolling resistance in regional applications.

The tire is available in sizes 11R22.5 and 295/75R22.5.