Neu-Isenburg, Germany, 04 July 2022 – Premium tyre manufacturer Hankook is increasingly focusing on the topic of sustainability. The retreading business for commercial vehicle tyres is also making an important contribution to this. The new hot retreading factory in Hammelburg is set to meet increasing demand following investments running into the high millions to achieve this expansion. The new hot retreading production area takes up around 2,000 square metres of the now 15,000 square metres site, with a similarly sized warehouse area. The total area can be increased to a space of 20,000 square metres if necessary, allowing long term plans to be made for the Hammelburg site. After its takeover of Reifen Müller in 2018, Hankook has continued to focus on factory retreading in particular for its Alphatread brand for the commercial vehicle arm of its business.
“With the completion of the new plant, we can meet the increased demand for hot retreaded tyres. Compared to the old factory we have been able to almost double our production capacity. We can now produce up to 100,000 hot retreaded tyres each year. Alongside state-of-the-art technology, the decision to exclusively use A-carcasses helps to make Hankook Alphatread profiles the highest quality,” explains Manfred Zoni, TBR Sales Director at Hankook Reifen Deutschland.
“Hankook recognises the ever-increasing challenges of our Fleet and Dealer partners across Europe. To deliver more cost effective, safe and environmentally friendly solutions, we are investing in our retread range and production facilities. We aim to offer more dimensions and to focus with our fleet partners on extracting all of the value Hankook build into our Premium new truck tyres,” adds Guy Heywood, Vice President Marketing Truck & Bus tyres at Hankook Tire Europe.
Factory tour provides insights into retreading
At the beginning of June, Hankook and Reifen Müller revealed the new production facilities to invited guests with a factory tour that gave an insight into the manufacturing process of the Alphatread patterns, following the individual operating stages of production. Manfred Zoni, Guy Heywood and Uwe Müller, Managing Director of Reifen Müller Runderneuerungswerke, led the tour and explained the manufacturing processes together with employees, demonstrating the Hankook SmartLife Solutions concept and the associated benefits of hot retreading. One of which being that every Hankook commercial tyre is designed in such a way that not only can it be regrooved, but the high-quality carcass can also be retreaded several times. This is made possible by the use of an additional 5-9 mm of base rubber beneath the tread.
Read more in the interview with Manfred Zoni, Director TBR Sales at Hankook Reifen Deutschland.