Satish Sharma, president, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa for Apollo, said the increase in usage of radial tires in the truck-bus segment has increased the potential for retreading, and thereby the need for quality retreading outlets to service customers.
Radial truck/bus tires are capable of multiple retreads due to the strong carcass, Apollo said, with each retread costing only 25 to 27 percent of the cost of a new tire while providing nearly 90 percent of the mileage of a new tire.
Mr. Sharma said the tire maker is “committed to providing a 360-degree solution to our customers, which very much includes retreading as well, to enhance the tire life of the end-user.”
The targeted size of an ARZ retread plant is 3,000 square feet, Apollo said, with a capacity of 20 to 25 tires a day and eight to 10 employees.
In addition to providing infrastructural support for these retreading outlets, Apollo Tyres also trains the employees of the ARZ franchisees at its state-of-the-art Retread Research and Training Centre in Chennai, India.