By Patrick Raleigh, ERJ On-line news editor
Brussels-Bridgestone Europe NV/SA is the majority partner in a new retread systems joint venture with Ferentino, Italy-based Marangoni Tread SpA, part of Marangoni SpA. The firm, called Bridgestone Retread Systems NV/SA, will service all of Bridgestone's truck tyre retreading activities in Europe, Bridgestone announced 4 June.
The Brussels-headquartered JV, will be the sole supplier and service provider to Bridgestone's Federated Retreader network, said a Bridgestone statement. The firm will include Marangoni Tread's sister company Ellerbrock RT GmbH of Henstedt/Ulzburg, Germany, it added.
According to Bridgestone, the linkup with Marangoni will enable it to benefit from its Italian partner's expertise and to distribute selected Marangoni products to its retreader network.
The JV expands â€œthe availability of Bridgestone's total tyre care packages, facilitating a Europe-wide service through it's Truck Point network,â€ the company's statement added.
To support the new venture, Bridgestone said it is extending its range of pre-cured treads, which are produced by the Federated Retreaders under the 'Qualitread' brand.