ERJ staff report (TP)
Hanover, Germany − Continental has opened a new plant in Germany, said to be the world's first integrated facility for retreading bus and truck tires. The ContiLifeCycle plant is located in Hannover-Stöcken and houses a proprietary, industrial-scale rubber recycling unit, reported Laura Cork for Transport Engineer.
The aim of the project is to produce retreaded tires with the same product characteristics as new tires. Designed and built in 18 months, the retreading factory will turn out 180,000 retreaded tires per year when operating at full capacity.
Continental is recycling the tread powder that arises during the retreading process for use in tire compounding. Tread buffings will also be recycled in a move that cuts waste by more than 80 percent.
The new plant is also home to an on-site training facility, the ContiLifeCycle Academy, where staff can learn more about retreading.
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