Retreading is a safe, economical and environmentally-friendly way to give bald tyres a new lease of life: the worn tread surface is replaced by a new one. The end result is a tyre which can be reused!
Not every tyre is suitable for retreading, however. It is only possible in the following cases:
The question as to whether a casing can be reused also depends on the type of tyre.
The following principles apply in general:
Retreads and their place on the market
The proportion of retreads on the replacement car and truck tyre market in Europe still varies widely.
Retreading plays a particularly important role in aircraft tyres, which are subjected to extreme stresses. Aircraft tyres have to withstand huge strain at speeds of over 250 km/h, and undergo retreading after around 150 take-off and landing manoeuvres. Retreading can take place up to twelve times. The testing procedures are naturally very stringent here, and safety takes top priority.
High-quality retreading is the alternative to new tyres for commercial vehicles, since it offers safety, top running performance and an excellent cost-benefit ratio. More and more consumers are recognising and coming to appreciate the positive image of high-quality retreads.