Mr. Young told Tire Business that Rema saw the OTR niche market as a profitable endeavor.
“We put the pieces in place to be a major player… It was an opportunity Rema wanted to capitalize on.”
The complete line of OTR products will include tire repair units and cements, cushion gums, repair cords, extruder rope and environmentally friendly Rema Aquas water-base cement.
The products will be produced at Rema's 155,000-sq.-ft. Madison, Ga., plant. The plant also handles calendering, extruding, mixing and compounding.
Mr. Young declined to provide Rema's capital outlay in the new division but said it was “a substantial investment.”
The company has long provided chemical-cure materials and is now launching into the production of heat-cure materials, he said.
“We have developed our product line with the assistance of some of the major dealers in the OTR and retreading markets,” said Mr. Young. “With their input we are confident the products we are bringing to market will not be matched.”