MEXICO CITY (Feb. 26, 2014) — H.B. plus Bandamatic has developed two precure tread rubber products that have been verified as meeting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay requirements for class 8 truck tractor and trailer tires.
H.B. plus Bandamatic, a unit of Mexico's Hules Banda S.A. de C.V., worked in partnership with Mexican synthetic rubber producer Industrias Negromex S.A. de C.V. to develop the compound used in the treads, marketed under the "Smartech" moniker.
The treads, Bandamatic TRA12 and BTM18, feature Negromex's Emulsil silica master batch and H.B.'s Smartech tread design technologies.
H.B. declined to say which retreader or retreaders produced the retreads used in the verification testing. The company did say it was able to develop the lower rolling-resistance treads without diminishing treadwear.
H.B. plus Bandamatic serves the U.S. market through an office in Houston.
Negromex is part of Grupo KUO, a leading industrial conglomerate, and is the sole producer of emulsion SR in Mexico.
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