Like Bergey's, industrial tire distributor and retreader Rovince International Corp. added the Conti system process as a complement to its existing Marangoni Ringtread plant in Compton, serving the greater Los Angeles area.
Rovince International President Lionel Perera said adding the ContiLifeCycle process is a "perfect complement" to its business lines. Production at the plant began Dec. 1, according to Mr. Perera, who said he found that ContiTreads were "very competitive to other brands.
"With the ContiLifeCycle retread solution, we are now able to create more business by following the Continental tire through its entire lifetime. It's a good match."
The plant has the capacity to make about 200 retreads daily, he added. Rovince has 25 years of experience in retreading, Conti said.
Mr. Perera cited the quality of the ContiTreads and the mileage they deliver as key selling points.
"We have tested the tires with several fleets and found that they can definitely produce more mileage than other retreads on the market," he said.
Rovince is known primarily in the U.S. as an importer of activated carbon, but also sells truck and industrial solid tires at several Williams Tire Corp. locations. It imports and sells solid and pneumatic industrial tires and wheels from manufacturers in Sri Lanka, India and Taiwan; among its brands are APEX, Laugfs and TVS.
Paul Williams, Continental's executive vice president for truck tires–the Americas, said the expansion of the ContiLifeCycle system to the West Coast means that fleets in the region now have access to the fuel-efficient ContiTreads mandated by California regulations.
In particular, Rovince is making HDL Eco Plus and HTL Eco Plus ContiTreads, which are SmartWay verified under the Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay program for low rolling resistance. This is especially important in California, Mr. Williams said, where SmartWay verification is required for many truck tires after Jan. 1.
At the same time, Conti disclosed it is adding capacity at its tread rubber plant in Mexico, for wide-base single truck tires, including the firm's HDL2 Eco Plus drive and HTL1 trailer tire. A multimillion-dollar investment there will yield capacity for more than 300,000 flat treads in 2013.
Elsewhere throughout the Americas, Conti is active in Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Mexico with LifeCycle licensees.
In Brazil two shops began production in December with combined capacity of up to 7,200 tires annually. Conti expects to add five more licensees in 2013, Mr. Williams said.
In Chile the first LifeCycle licensee, Rio Puelo S.A, opened in January 2012.
In Ecuador the LifeCycle licensees, Renovallanta Durán and Renovallanta Quito, continue to ramp up production and service for fleets along the coastal and central areas of Ecuador. Output exceeds 8,000 tires a month. A third plant is planned this year.
In Mexico nine LifeCycle licensees are in operation with three more expected on stream this year.