Michelin doubles tread rubber capacity, to add more in ’06

Covington, Georgia-Michelin Retread Technologies Inc. has brought on stream a second precure line at its Covington tread rubber plant, effectively doubling annual capacity to 2 million treads, and plans to add a third line next year, probably at a new facility.

The expansion, for which no investment was disclosed, is being undertaken to support growth by MRTI’s network of franchised retreaders, which could grow to 60 plants or more this year, according to Luc Minguet, chief operating officer of Michelin Americas Truck Tires.

The expansion project at…

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