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With regard to the incipient winter tyre change business, we expressly remind companies with bus and haulage fleets among their customers that buses and commercial vehicles in goods traffic must be equipped with winter tyres at least on the front steering axles in addition to on the permanently driven axles in future. The winter tyre obligation for steering axles applies since 01/07/2020 and became a traffic rule with the amendment of the German Road Traffic Regulation (StVO) and Road Traffic Licensing Regulations (StVZO) which came into force per decree already on 01/06/2017.
The new ruling applies for vehicles of the classes M2/M3 (mobile homes and buses with more than 8 seats up to 5 t/buses over 5 t permissible maximum mass) as well as N2/N3 (vehicles for goods transport between 5 and 12 t/over 12 t permissible maximum mass).
We would also remind you in this context that tyres for cards, light trucks and trucks (new, retread or used, including all-season tyres) as of production date 01/01/2018 (DOT 0118) are only considered as winter tyres when they are labelled additionally with the snowflake symbol (3PMSF/Alpine Symbol/Mountain pictogram with snowflake) in accordance with ECE-R 30, 54, 108 and 109 in connection with ECE-R 117.
We have played a decisive role in the long-time success story of our Bulgarian customer Medina-Med for almost 25 years: KRAIBURG accompanied the installation of the first retread plant for cold retreads in 1996. Various other projects were handled jointly in the years that followed. In 2019 we took over the planning and installation of the new truck hot retread plant, a 1.3 million Euro project subsidised by the EU. Training of the team has been on the schedule of our Technical Service for the last few weeks. "We are happy to now be able to supply Medina-Med with our high-performance compounds for the hot retreads of their own REMEDINA brand in addition to our KRAIBURG treads," says KRAIBURG Managing Director Stefan Mayrhofer. A new buffing machine and an EM-autoclave are being added to the existing EM-plant to ensure quality and competitiveness.
"We are convinced that KRAIBURG makes no compromises in quality. By their participation in the European legislation committees, KRAIBURG are also active in the drafting of new standards and specifications for products and processes. With KRAIBURG by our side, we feel well-equipped for the future,” Medina-Med owner Ivan Panchov sums up.
Medina-Med was founded in 1992 by Ivan Panchov and his wife Iliana in Stara Zagora. In addition to the retread plant, Medina-Med also has a network of eleven service stations nationwide, employs 211 people and achieved annual sales of 35 million Euro in 2019.
The Corona crisis presents a challenge for almost all branches and markets in Europe and the rest of the world. But tyres are system-relevant products. They ensure, for one thing, that goods transportation can be maintained and that supply chains are not interrupted. They therefore contribute to securing basic supplies to the people.
We at KRAIBURG Austria have responded as early as possible to the challenges associated with Corona – with the aim of ensuring that you all get the desired quality material as usual on time and service-orientated. Hereby, for us, protecting the health of the staff always has top priority! KRAIBURG pays strict attention to compliance with the extensive catalogue of measures of course.
We have already adapted our production capacities to the current demand situations and are working continuously in two-shift operation. The demand varies in the different regions of Europe at the moment depending on the extent of the crisis. Whilst we see clear recessions in Southern Europe which the pandemic has hit severely, Northern and Central Europe seem to be getting through the crisis better at the moment.
The good news: A total collapse has not been registered anywhere so far. I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to those who are staying loyal to us even in this unprecedented situation! Once again, it proves to be true that real partnership, mutual respect on equal terms shows itself especially in a time of crisis.
Luckily, we were able to disperse initial uncertainties regarding the delivery situation because goods transportation throughout Europe has remained largely without restrictions. The same applies for our raw materials supply which was at no time in danger.
We expect the demand for high-quality tyres to increase in the coming weeks and months and that there will be delivery bottlenecks due to the temporary production stop in parts of the new tyre industry in Europe and at the Asian tyre manufacturers. We see an opportunity here for quality retread companies whose products can score high marks in such a scenario with availability and delivery capacity. We all remember the year 2011 in which this was exactly the case. Ensuring this delivery capacity at the right time for our customers is, in our opinion, one of our central tasks in the current situation.
Apart from our contribution to goods transportation, we are also providing active help in ourregion. Our Product Manager Christoph Priewasser recently handed over a 230 mouth nose masks to the Red Cross Braunau. These are so called FFP3-masks that are used exclusively in the medical sector and offer maximum infection protection. These are an extremely scarce commodity at the moment and are being offered on the “free market” at exorbitant prices. We have partly drawn the masks from KRAIBURG’s own stocks to make our contribution to maintaining the rescue service in the Braunau district.
We have optimised the new edition of our pattern list again by popular customer demand. It now makes handling even more efficient for you: The 21 top sellers in the portfolio are still described in detail at the beginning, subdivided for bus, mixer application, trailer and traction and augmented with additional information on fuel efficiency, winter compatibility and use on wet road surfaces.
New: In addition, these tread patterns are now also listed in the chronological general overview of the treads which makes the selection of the desired design easier to handle and saves tiresome leafing through. The latest pattern list contains a total of 51 treads including the widths that have been added to the range since the summer of 2019 of course.
We have reissued our AIS poster for the first time again after several years. The poster shows the assignment of the patterns to the different areas of application at a glance and has proven to be a useful aid for production and sales The AIS posters are on their way to you.
We have received frequent inquiries from customers in the last few days why KRAIBURG will not be further expanding its product range in future and no longer investing in new designs. Please note: If anyone is spreading such information, then it is fake news.
The truth is: We are currently working on a number of new designs as well as on a new production process for moulds. We will be publishing the results in due course. In this context, we would like to remind you of the last product that we launched onto the market, such as K718 and K818 which have already proven themselves successfully in many different applications.
To ensure that our products are not only right out in front in performance and quality, we recently announced a design competition at the TU Potsdam. The task for the students was to create innovative and attractive designs for treads and side walls. The competition was supervised by Prof. Jörg Hundertpfund and two assistants. There were ten participants altogether whereby some of the students submitted more than once concept.
To give all the participants in the competition an insight into the subject of tyres and retreads, they were invited to visit a German retread company. In addition to a tour of the company, the students presented initial ideas and sketches based on which technical questions could then be clarified. Decisive for the evaluation was the balance between innovative and refreshing design and functionality of the concept. Because of the high quality of the submitted suggestions, the second place was awarded twice.
In addition to the competition prize money totalling 2,000 Euro we also invited all four prize winners to Geretsberg last December. The aim here was to develop and further refine the winners’ ideas. As a final step, it is planned that the winner, Borislava Dimitrova, will carry out further work on the designs in the course of a five-month internship at KRAIBURG Austria in order to present a finished concept tyre. To be continued...
The law on compulsory winter tyres for steering axles on buses and trucks in goods transport is coming into force in Germany on the 1st of July 2020. We have already pointed out at various opportunities that these vehicles must be also be fitted with winter tyres on at least the front steering axles in addition to the permanently driven axles in future.
The new rule applies for vehicles of the classes M2/M3 (mobile homes and buses with more than 8 seats up to 5 tons / buses above 5 tons permissible total weight) as well as N2/N3 (vehicles for goods transport between 5 and 12 tons / over 12 tons permissible total weight).
As we have already reported several times, some or our European neighbours handle the subject of mixed tyres on commercial vehicles and buses differently to Germany for example.
Whereas all mixed tyre configurations are allowed de facto in Germany for all commercial vehicles and buses with a permissible total weight of more than 3.5 tons, this issue is assessed differently in other European countries based on the directive (EU) 458/2011 (subsequent regulation to the EU directive 92/23 which expired at the end of 2017). This prescribes that only tyres of the same type per axle are permissible!
The tyre type is defined in the EU directive by the size designation (dimension), the speed and load index, the design, the tyre manufacturer or the trademark and the type of use (tread pattern version).
It is essential that you alert your customers active in international goods traffic to this situation to save them from having to pay sometimes substantial fines in other European countries.
Want to find out more? Your KRAIBURG partner, the colleagues of our sales team, will be glad to provide you with detailed information.