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Rösler produces retreaded, CO2-reduced tyres for earthmoving machinery and other heavy-duty vehicles. The company started retreading large-size tyres for construction equipment in the middle of the 1960s.

“When a wheel loader in a steel plant somewhere in the Ruhr area had a flat tyre, he brought it to our workshop and had it repaired within three hours,” Managing Director Paul Rösler describes the beginnings of the successful retreading business. “He saw the great potential in retreading earthmover tyres as new ones were very expensive.”

In the following years, Rösler invested huge amounts in retreading machinery. “We even imported equipment from the USA as the retreading market over there was much more advanced,” says Mr. Rösler. Initially, Rösler focused on hot retreading at vulcanization temperatures of 150°C. At the end of the 1990s, the company introduced cold retreading as a technology supporting larger tyre dimensions with diameters of up to 4 m, such as required for the largest mining vehicles.

“What sets us apart is the fact that we do not only offer this technology in Germany and Europe but also, in cooperation with licensees, in Indonesia and the USA,” states Mr. Rösler. “Today, we are an international enterprise that offers its technology on a global basis.”

The twin brother of Paul Rösler, Martin, is an expert in puncture-proof filling materials. “We use a very flexible synthetic material that offers the same good driving characteristics as an air tyre,” explains Mr. Rösler. “It is ideal for explosion-critical environments where pneumatic tyres would be problematic, such as underground mines, port facilities or airport security areas.”

On average, Rösler high-quality retreaded earthmover tyres use 700 l less raw oil, 320 kg less rubber, 140 kg less steel and several hundred liters less water. In addition, they are made using 50% solar energy, thanks to the company’s own rooftop photovoltaic plant.

Retreaded tyres save 80% CO2, or more than 2 t per earthmover tyre. Managing DirectorPaul Rösler
Paul Rösler

“Compared to new tyres, we need only a fraction of the resources and energy to produce tyres that are equivalent in quality to the original equipment,” states Mr. Rösler. “Retreaded tyres save 80% CO2, or more than 2 t per earthmover tyre. The customer thus receives an environment-friendly, sustainable, high-quality product at a very competitive price.”

Rösler retreads earthmover tyres with diameters from 2 to 4 m for customers across Europe. Compared to competitors from Asia, the company is able to deliver much better quality. “In the passenger car segment, Asian competition in the retreaded tyre market is much higher, that is why we remain focused on earthmover tyres,” explains Mr. Rösler. As the technology leader in cold retreading, Rösler wants to further expand its international position.

“We have the license for the technology and supply the primary product, the machines and the complete retreading concept,” says Mr. Rösler. “From the initial idea to putting the system into operation takes between 12 and 18 months, with investment costs in seven figures.”

Rösler has more than 50 years of expertise in tyre retreading, a technology that can make a significant contribution to reducing CO2 emissions and slowing global warming. “It is important to keep this sustainable technology alive,” states Mr. Rösler. “It is constantly being developed further, and reservations as regards inferior quality are absolutely not justified anymore. It is an established, state-of-the-art technology that contributes to fighting climate change.”

Here you can find the Röesler CO2-Folder.

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