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VMI AZ RETRAX – The future of the international Retread market


Fuelled by the general belief that the current retread market is becoming an increasing part of their core business activities, leading international tyre production equipment manufacturers VMI Group continue to create research and development activities for the truck and bus markets.

Working constantly within a dedicated objective to implement the most advanced production technology in the world, VMI look towards always producing high quality retreads and having introduced its unique AZ RETRAX technology over ten years ago have been behind most of the key changes in the market over the past decade.

This is why VMI's AZ RETRAX family of tyre reading machinery is now renown as the leading equipment within the industry and at the very heart of the group's latest product programme for the global retreading market.

This innovative process has many important developments including hot extrusion smearing of the cushion gum to buffed tyre bodies which has already established itself as the 'proven example' which delivers an exceptionally high level of automation, reliability and speed to the retreading process. At the same time, using the AZ RETRAX system ensures that precisely the right amount of cushion gum is used with no wastage plus skives or holes in the tyre are filled automatically as part of the process.

Also hot extrusion guarantees the grip between the tire casing and retread is even more secure as the length of time spent in vulcanising is significantly reduced and therefore the quality of the produced retreads is increased. Other benefits of using the system include lower material cost and waste, reduced labour costs, lower inventory costs, higher product quality and improved environmental performance.

In effect VMI is now able to offer a highly innovative series of products that are all based on this leading technology with easy integration points to other key process stages including pre-cured tread application. Therefore as the retread market develops, matures and reaches the same high level of consistency around the world then the overall importance of the AZ RETRAX technology to retread tyre produces looks set to continue its growth momentum.

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