For most fleets, tires represent the third largest item in their
operating budget, right after labor and fuel cost.
Fleet managers have found they can reduce their tire costs by at
least 50 percent by retreading their casings at least twice.
The lowest possible cost-per-mile is achieved with a good tire management
program that includes the use of quality retreads.
Retreads are the replacement tire of choice for most truckers. Of
the 27 million replacement tires purchased by fleets last year, 16 million
were retreads and only about 11 million were new replacement tires.
Retreads are not only cost effective, but they are also dependable,
reliable, and safe. Retreads are used by truckers with scheduled delivery
times, small package delivery companies with guaranteed delivery times,
on commercial and military jets and by most school bus operators.
Retreads are also environmentally friendly. Tires are basically petro-chemical
products. It takes 22 gallons of oil to manufacture one new truck tire.
Most of the oil is found in the casing, which is reused in the retreading
process. As a result, it takes only 7 gallons of oil to produce a retread.
Retreaders, like trucking companies, have experienced considerable
consolidation. Today, the most successful retreaders are those with the
highest quality products, delivering the best possible return on investment
to the fleets.
Because of the competitive nature of the retreading industry, truckers
can expect to see continuous improvement in quality, durability and reliability,
as the major retread suppliers annually invest millions of dollars in research
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