Learn the Retread Facts
- Retreaded truck tires represent a savings of over $3 billion annually for truckers and trucking companies in North America.
- For most fleets, tires represent the second largest item in their operating budget, right after fuel costs.
- The lowest possible cost-per-mile is achieved with a good tire management program that includes the use of quality retreads.
- Retreads are the replacement tire of choice for many truckers. Of the more than 37 million replacement tires purchased by fleets in 2004, nearly half were retreads.
- Retreads are not only cost effective, but they are also dependable, reliable and safe. Retreads are used by truckers with scheduled delivery times, small package delivery companies with guaranteed delivery times, most school bus operators, and also on commercial and military jets.
- Retreads are also environmentally friendly. Tires are basically petrochemical products. It takes approximately 22 gallons of oil to manufacture one new truck tire. Most of the oil is found in the casing, which is reused in the retreading process. As a result, it takes approximately 7 gallons of oil to produce a retread.
- Retreaders, like trucking companies, have experienced considerable consolidation. Today, the most successful retreaders are those with the highest quality-products, delivering the best possible return on investment to the fleets. Because of the competitive nature of the retreading industry, truckers can expect to see continuous improvement in quality, durability and reliability, as the major retread suppliers annually invest millions of dollars in research and development.