It’s difficult to find a topic most people agree on, but among retreaders, concern over low-cost Chinese tires is one of them. “We are constantly looking for ways to cut cost out of the retread process so that we can be competitive,” says Chris Chase, president of Donald B. Rice Tire Co. Inc., which goes to market as Rice Retreading Inc.
Retreaders endured an uneasy 2020, but they pushed forward with investments in facilities and technology as they remained focused on the future. Here's a look at the domestic retread tire market in 2021, and some of the people making things happen.