MONTERREY, Mexico (Feb. 18, 2010)—Continental Tire the Americas L.L.C. expects to establish itself in the Mexican retreading market with the opening of about 15 ContiTread retreading plants over the next year.
Jasman Co., which operates about 50 Continental tire dealerships in Mexico, opened the first Continental retread plant in Monterrey in late January and expects to open two more. The Monterrey plant has the capacity to produce 10,000 retreads annually with one shift, five days per week.
A Conti spokeswoman said other dealerships will operate the remaining plants, which are expected to open at a pace of one every other month into 2011.
The Mexican retread plants will use flat precure treads, unlike Conti's retreading venture with Marangoni Tread North America Inc. in the U.S. in which about 27 Marangoni licensees will use Marangoni's Ringtread system to produce two types of ContiTread retreads. Conti said it is exploring plans for the Canadian market.
Conti said demand for Conti retreads has been stronger in Mexico where the firm has a much larger new-tire business.