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Marangoni Tread North America completes plant expansion

13 February 2006
Madison, Tennessee – Marangoni Tread North America has completed the expansion and upgrade of their tread rubber manufacturing plant that has doubled production capacity.
Madison, Tennessee – Marangoni Tread North America has completed the expansion and upgrade of their tread rubber manufacturing plant that has doubled production capacity.

“Now, about 75% of our North American demand can be manufactured domestically” announced Bill Sweatman, President, MTNA. “In the last 14 months we have added 6 new dealer plants to our network here in the U.S. and this latest expansion should go a long way to improve our responsiveness to all of our customer needs.”

The most advanced RING production technology is based on a “modular” or “production island”, called the Alpha RING Evolution. According to Maragoni’s Technical Director, Vito Magistrale, “This represents the state of the art in production design. A continuous strip of rubber is automatically loaded onto a moving carriage, fitted with a cold-feed, pin barrel extruder with calendar head. Lenticular strips are fed directly into the centripetal presses where the RINGTREAD® is molded.”

Characteristics of the Marangoni Alpha RING process include:
• Improved uniformity [time, temperature, pressure] over conventional flat molding process
• Highly automated
• Totally integrated
• Environmentally friendly

Adding manufacturing in the United states and expanding the business represents an investment of $10,000,000.00 here by the Marangoni Group and is part of a longer-term global development and expansion plan which includes expansion of products, programs and manufacturing.

Marangoni has been a leader in retreading technology for over 50 years. The RINGTREAD® System, designed and developed by Marangoni has proven advantages in that it combines new tire radial compression molding techniques with custom compounding and contoured shape to match the curved profile of the tire without having to be spliced like conventional flat precure retreads. The result is less waste, perfect balance and much better performance.

RINGTREAD®, the original, splice-less precure tire tread used in retreading commercial truck tires, is successfully used by more than 250 independent commercial truck tire retreaders worldwide with 23 being in the U.S. and Canada.