Piedmont Truck Tires has started producing retreads as part of the ContiLifeCycle dealer network. The tires will be produced in Graham, N.C.
ContiLifeCycle is the umbrella for the retreading operations of Continental Tire the Americas. As a ContiLifeCycle dealer, Piedmont Truck Tires will be supplied with flat, precured ContiTread products, which will allow the commercial tire dealer to produce retreads featuring the same pattern designs, rubber compounding and tread technology that are included in new Continental brand truck tires, Continental said.
Piedmont has been selling new Continental tires since late in 2010. It began producing the ContiLifeCycle tires in July.
“We chose to extend our relationship with Continental because we believe in the quality of their products, and see they are moving aggressively to become an industry leader,” said Dan Rice, president of Piedmont Truck Tires. “Continental has proven to be a true partner and we are prepared to take the steps needed to support the growth of both businesses.”
“Our dealer partners in the ContiLifeCycle network service both national and regional fleet customers who want to extend the performance of their Continental truck tires into the second, third or even fourth lifetime,” explained Paul Williams, Continental’s executive vice president for truck tires in the Americas.
Piedmont’s will produce the retreads in a 155,000 sq. ft. facility. The company is also the first retreader to use Continental’s proprietary new manufacturing control software, CLC Soft.
CLC Soft provides an interface to manage the entire retread process, from tire collection to data delivery to the retreader’s enterprise resource planning systems, Continental explained. By running as a cloud-based solution, or locally stored on any web-enabled device, CLC Soft provides dealers with a wide range of flexibility.