9 Retread Tire FAQs

9 Retread Tire FAQs

November 9, 2021
Retreading tires is not new. The process dates back more than 100 years. Today, 89% of fleets with 500+ trucks use retreaded tires, according to the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB).
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1. How are retread tires made?
“The modern retread process has evolved significantly ... the manufacturing process focuses on the entire casing, rather than just the tread” said Shane Feasel, Bridgestone Americas.
2. Why should fleets use retreads?
“Users of retreads don’t have to make any compromises in safety and reliability to achieve [economic and environmental] savings.” said David Stevens, Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB)
3. Retreads vs new tires?
While performance may be comparable to new tires, Stevens of TRIB reminded fleets that proper care is critical for retreads. 
4. Are retread tires cost-effective?
For those who choose to purchase tires with quality casings that can be retreaded, Stevens of TRIB said the difference in cost is significant. 
5. How many times can you retread a tire?
Stevens of TRIB said fleets should expect to be able to retread a tire more than once when working with the right manufacturer.
6. Are retreaded tires safe?
“Every single study concluded that retreaded tires are as safe as new tires,” shared Thomas Stacey of Michelin North America. "Properly maintained tires, whether new or retreaded, do not cause accidents.” 
7. Environmental benefits of retreads?
“In 2018, it was estimated that the US and Canada tire retread industry saves approximately 217.5 million gallons of oil and delivers 1.4 billion pounds of landfill avoidance each year. Using retreads also reduces CO2 emissions, natural resource extraction, water consumption, air pollution, and land use.”  explained Bridgestone’s Feasel.
8. Ideal retread use cases?
“Based on the continual improvement of both new tire and retread technology, there are very few applications and operations where a retreaded tire can’t perform at new tire levels,” said Stacey of Michelin.  
9. Does fleet size matter?
No. “Retreading is critical to maximizing a fleet’s investment in tires." said Stacey
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