Responding to the increasing trend for high load truck tyres as more and more European countries adopt higher vehicle weights, Goodyear is launching new mold cure retread High Load (HL) trailer tyres. The new retreads are the TreadMax KMAX T HL and TreadMax SP246 HL, both in size 385/65R22.5.
The TreadMax KMAX T HL is the retread version of the Goodyear KMAX T HL trailer tyre, which is developed to deliver high mileage. The TreadMax SP246 HL is the retread version of the Dunlop SP246 HL, which is part of the Dunlop On-Road truck tyre range introduced last year.
The TreadMax process features the same tread designs as well as similar materials and manufacturing techniques to those used in the production of the new tyres they replicate. This ensures similar performance and mileage to those of new tyres.
“We are very pleased to now also offer retread versions of the Goodyear and Dunlop High Load trailer tyres. More and more countries in Europe have extended regulations to permit axle weights in excess of the so far standard 40 tonnes on five-axle articulated vehicles. As a result we see an increasing demand from fleet operators for high load trailer tyres capable of enabling total weights in excess of 40 tonnes. With the new TreadMax KMAX T and TreadMax SP246 in High Load we now can offer an attractive and cost effective solution for their needs,” said Grégory Boucharlat Director Retread Operations Goodyear Dunlop Tyres EMEA. “Retreading is essential for any fleet to help improving its efficency by ensuring the prolonged economic life of its tyres. The new High Load products mean that fleets requiring 10 tonne axle loads are now able to use retreads for even greater economy.”
Only customer owned casings (COC) that are latest generation Goodyear or Dunlop High Load carcasses like for example the trailer tyres KMAX T HL, FUELMAX T HL and SP246 HL are acceptable for retreading as TreadMax High Load trailer tyres. Additional retreading order options for the new High Load trailer tyres beside COC will be introduced later this year. All TreadMax mold cure retreads are produced in-house by Goodyear at its plants in Riom France and Wittlich Germany.