A greener journey and extended life cycles.
Since the beginning we have been committed to the care of the environment, prevention of pollution and our responsibility to ensure that our retreading operation is as efficient as possible with minimum impact to the environment. This not only includes the manufacturing processes in place and our zero-to- landfill policy but also through our diverse product offering and the quality retreads we provide for customers. Sustainability has, and always will be at the heart of our operations, across the board.
Across the business we operate a “zero to landfill policy”. None of our waste is sent to landfill sites, in fact 100% of the company’s waste is recycled or incinerated. A by-product of the retreading process is buffing dust; this is collected and recycled for a variety of uses including new passenger car tyres and products including athletic surfaces, equestrian arenas and playground matting.
Each time a truck tyre is retreaded it saves 30kg of rubber, 20kgs of steel and 68 litres of oil compared with new tyres. Not only are raw materials saved, but 85% of the used tyre is re-used in a retread, greatly increasing resource productivity and improving supply resilience.
Here are some other energy saving projects and initiatives we’ve applied within our production facility:
Advanced energy monitoring system keeps track of the energy levels and output of every piece of equipment across the whole factory, ensuring optimum environmental sustainability and efficiency at every stage of the process. When the factory shuts down at 6am on a Saturday morning, management can ensure everything is switched off.
The offices, factory and warehouse all have solar panels installed, making best use of natural resources.
Steam recovery systems throughout the press line helps to reduce and reuse otherwise-wasted heat. When machinery is up and running, a steam recovery system is implemented within the manufacturing process, so energy is reused.
Insulation is installed, mainly to keep the heat around the ‘ovens’ that are used to press tyres.
All chemical solvents have been replaced with water-based solutions.
Ongoing projects are in place to investigate utilising natural resources such as rainwater to feed the boiler rather than mains water.
The use of compressed air in our moulding line has been changed to nitrogen instead – this increases curing bladder life by up to 8 times.
A Recycled Product, Produced In The Most Sustainable Way.
Our retreading plant has completed the governments required ESOS; (Energy Savings opportunity Scheme). This legal requirement has identified future processes that could save energy throughout the whole business, highlighting future projects and opportunities to achieve even more sustainable retreading.
Although we are proud of our achievements to-date, we constantly strive to further reduce our environmental impact. New technologies are investigated as they become available; innovative processes and materials are researched and tested within the business to champion further efficiencies. Hear what our Quality & Environmental Manager Justin has to say about our ongoing environmental commitments
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