Due to increasing demand for off-the-road retreaded tires in the construction, mining, forestry and recycling industries, Goodyear Canada Inc. has announced the building of a new retread plant in North Bay, Ontario, scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2008.
The new 80,000 square foot facility is designed using Lean manufacturing principles to support continuous flow of production.
According to the Tire Retreading Information Bureau, approximately 18.6 million retreaded tires were sold in North America in 2006, with sales in excess of $3 billion.
Retreads provide reliable service equal to, and in some cases better than, new tires. The casing of a tire is a highly engineered structure, designed to carry very high loads, which can readily outlast the original tread moulded onto it. Putting a new tread onto the original casing greatly extends a tire’s lifespan. Retreaded tires also provide an environmental benefit, by helping to divert thousands of scrap tires from disposal each year.