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Preventative maintenance, Tyre Retreading

A comprehensive guide to Tyre Retreading Types, Process, Pros and Cons explained!

The roles of tyres is pretty obvious—to provide a firm grip, maintains connection between the road and vehicle; and most importantly to prevent the vehicle from “slipping” and causing accidents.

Of course, brand new tyres perform more efficiently without any hitches though as the tyre and vehicle become hoary, the level of efficiency decreases due to wear and tear. 

The friction between the tyre and road causes the tyres’ components known as threads to wear out hence leading to loss in grip upon the road. Thankfully, with tyre retreading, you don’t have to dig deeper in your pockets each time these threads fray.  

This comprehensive guide by 3G Tyres therefore takes you through the entire process of tyre treading and hopefully at the end of it, you’ll be well-informed to decide whether to retread or buy new tyres. 

Over the years, the tyre manufacturing industry has greatly invested in state-of-the-art technologies which help to deliver high standard tyres that perform exceptionally not only during their ‘first life’ but also in their second and third stages of life.   

In the same way, tyre retreading is growing in great leaps as more powerful tyre casings, high quality rubber compounds and improved re-manufacturing approaches are employed to produce flawless products that are as good as new. 

The Tyre Retread Process

The process of tyre retreading features two main techniques: pre-cure and mold cure. The mold curing technique also has two processes which begin with:

Assessment of the damaged tyre to ensure it’s in a usable condition. 

Ideally, tyres whose tread or cords are totally worn out cannot pass on to the next stage. The inspection process involves identifying the embedded fragments and invisible damage before buffing it to remove the remaining tread. Tyres whose casings are still in good condition can be taken through the tyre retread process severally. 

During inspection, 3G Tyres go through an additional test known as Laser Digital Shearography where the laser scans the whole tyre as the mechanic tries to check for any damages at the most intricate spots. This determines whether retreading is possible or not.

Tire buffing

This is the second phase after inspection and selection of tyres to be retreaded. Here, certain portions of the tyre are cut or taken out to remove unwanted elements and enhance the flexibility of the tread.

This way, the mechanic removes any block of tread that may have formed on the tyres which provide a coating over the part between the rubber and the tread’s grooves. This process is executed by computerized machines operated by our highly professional mechanics. 


This phase involves establishing the real cause of damage to the tyres and repairing the damage once and for all. Nothing is left to chance and even the small holes in the tyres are identified through a process that allows high voltage electricity to pass through the tyre. This enables the tyre to regain its vigor. 


Here, materials are put into the casing via computerized equipments to enhance the tyre’s natural properties. 

Computers are used in this process so as to avoid possible errors caused to the system and to ultimately enhance the efficiency of the tyre. With advanced technology, computers have become highly accurate and are quickly replacing the cumbersome error-prone manual tasks day by day. 


At this phase, the tyre is subjected to heat before the level of the tyre is once again checked. This process helps to determine the quality of the rubber used and confirm whether or not it’s vulnerable. 

Final inspection 

This is the final step that involves finding out if the tyre is set to hit the road. This step features several inspections carried out to ensure the tyre has no imperfections whatsoever. Here, the tyre is taken through two tests i.e. the tactile and visual inspection and inflation tests. After all these tests are completed, the tyre is taken through a Shearography which removes any traces of errors that could be identified.

Pros of Tire Retreading

Cost effective

Ask any owner of a fleet and they will tell you maintaining a fleet of vehicles can cost you an arm and a leg before finally hammering your bottom line. Thankfully, tyre retreading comes in handy to save money as retreaded tyres cost significantly less than the brand new ones yet they perform the same or even better than new tyres. 

Ecological Friendly

The process of retreading tyres is easier on the environment compared to that of dumping old tyres in landfills. Hence when it comes to environmental conservation, the benefits of retreading are numerous including ability to reduce harmful carbon gases released into the atmosphere. 

Variety of Designs

With hi-tech technology, retreaded tyres come in various designs and hence you can get a customized design that fulfills your desires.

Cons of Tyre Retreading 

The entire process of retreading must be done by highly skilled professionals that strictly adhere to set standards otherwise any laxity and improper inspection may ultimately compromise the driver’s safety.

Generally, retreaded tyres are technically reused tyres and hence may not be relied upon again and again, and besides poorly retreaded tyres may cause tramlining. 

Finally, tyre retreading is certainly a process that breathes a new lease of life into your old and weary tyres. And with this guide, will you  retread or buy? Share your thoughts with 3G Tyres at



Tyre Retreading

How tyre retreading reduces ecological footprint and ensures one step towards sustainability

The entire process of manufacturing tyres always poses a major environmental concern. From natural rubber, synthetic rubber, wire, fabric to carbon black, producing brand new tyres is costly both economically and environmentally.

However, this could quickly become a thing of the past as key sector leaders tackle the problem head-on by taking effective steps to minimize resource usage, enhance re-usage and recycling efforts and employ 100% sustainable production units.

According to fresh data from the EPA, the tyre industry has been producing about 290 million scrap tyres annually since 2003, with rapid increase in the number each year. Obviously, these waste products have a severe negative effect on the quality of air, soil and water.  

In recent years, the global demand for car and light commercial motor vehicles has steadily grown, surpassing the 1.6 billion units in 2018 and increased at a constant rate of 4.4 per cent since 2013, according to the latest data from Statista.  

While this may be exciting news for vehicle manufacturers, the danger here is that tyre manufacturing involves the depletion and overuse of crucial natural resources—a worsening problem in the wake of increased uptake of cars. 

In 2015, the total market value of the tyre industry in the United States was about $40 billion and is expected to shoot to $60 billion by the end of this year. This staggering growth raises concerns that natural rubber deposits could be depleted faster than they are replenished. This problem is further compounded by the heightened negative ecological impact of tyre production.

The bright side of this present environmental challenge along with the issue of global warming is that more and more leaders in the tyre manufacturing sector are taking important steps to cut their ecological footprint through efficient usage of the available natural resources, lasting technologies and implementing supply chains that are more sustainable.

To ensure a healthy environment for future and current generations, tyre manufacturing companies are making deliberate efforts to mitigate the carbon footprint produced by tyres. Tyre retreating is one of those steps forward to ensure greater sustainability.  

Today, more and more tyre producing companies, commercial fleet owners and major airlines are working hard to lessen environmental impact by producing and using retreads across all their fleets.  

Reuse, Recycle, Retread 

3G Tyres is a leading Johannesburg tyre retread and repair company with 12 years of experience working in the retreading and casing management service. 

For 3G Tyres, sustainability is all about ingenuity and responsibility—two strong pillars in our business, and we deliver high quality retreads that spell safety, affordability and ecological friendly.

Over the years, we have acknowledged the positive contribution we can make by mere adoption of sustainable practices within our operations. We are environmentally sensitive and have implemented various initiatives in our plants to ensure reduced carbon footprint. 

Our retreads not only offer economical value, but also make real environmental sense, enabling our customers to get safe and ecologically friendly products. 

Why Retread With 3G Tyres?

Most definitely, retreading is a sustainable process and product that reduces ecological footprint. The positive statistics that support tyre retreading speak for us. 

Apparently, a retreaded tyre saves 80% of the total manufacturing materials required to produce a new tyre, and this significantly reduces the negative impact on the environment. This means, 3G Tyres saves 68 litres of oil and 44 kg of rubber on each and every casing retreaded.  

Furthermore, retreading reduces scrap, incineration and export of worn-out tyres which overtime can prevent over 160,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. 

With retreading, there’s no wasted resource as you will be using 80% of a worn out tyre, preventing a whole 182kg of CO2 from being released into the air. 

Retreaded tyres feature the highest post-consumer content of all products that are recycled. Hence retreading with 3G Tyres will significantly reduces the amount of tyres ending up in landfills as scrap.




Fleet management, Tyre Retreading

Save money, Ensure safety with retread tyres

Let’s face it, we all love buying new things—new smartphones, watches, televisions, shoes…I mean, the list is just endless. We always prefer things that are brand new and right out of the box, right? Sadly, this isn’t the best buying habit—financially, safety wise and reliably.

The stigma that surrounds the purchase of used or secondhand stuff is far from ending, but then the benefits of using recycled products are too numerous to count.

When you choose to buy retread tyres, you save money, safeguard the environment and ensure your safety on the road.

OK, so you know retreads are environmentally friendly—that’s from our last post here, but how about safety and cost-effectiveness? To say retreads save you money and ensure safety is absolutely true—get that fact before reading any further.

Negative Publicity

So why are truckers and consumers afraid of buying retreaded tyres? I blame it on the pervasive fallacies that retreads are not safe and feature a shorter lifespan compared to the traditional brand new tires. I know you are asking, is this true? Well, not quite!

The difference between a brand new tyre and a retreaded tyre is negligible because retreaded tires are manufactured using the same expectations and standards of the brand new tires, and hence you can expect them to perform just as good.

Truly, tyres are undoubtedly the most vital part of a motor vehicle. Have you ever imagined or even tried driving your car without them? Hell no! They are definitely the main feature in a vehicle’s functionality and a key factor to its safety.

In essence, having a set of durable and reliable tyres can either make or break your car’s driving experience.

If you’re looking to purchase new tyres, be sure to take time to consider available alternatives. It’s time to ditch the negative stigma about retreaded tyres and hit the road.

The performance of retreaded tyres is similar to that of the conventional tyres and their cost substantially lower than that of brand new tyres, making retreading an effective way to reduce your overall tyre cost and enhance your safety.

Commercial tyres are especially engineered for safe driving over high speeds, longer distances and heavy freight. Ideally, if retreaded tyres are well-inflated and maintained, they can last as long as the brand new ones.

Apparently, major global trucking companies and airlines are turning to retreaded tyres because of their reliability, cost saving and environmental friendliness. You should do the same.


How Safe Are Retreaded Tyres?

Majority of consumers are often confused by the aspects of price and safety. Just because you bought very expensive tyres does not necessarily make them safer than the cheaper ones. Alright, alright, brand new tyres from a top tier maker is your safest bet and generally the most expensive but wait, we at 3G Tyres use the premium tyre casings manufactured under top-tier standards and proven process to guarantee you the best results.

As specialists in truck tyre retreading, we supply, service, repair and retread tyres. From worn tyres, nail holes, section repairs or vulcanizing tyres, we perform every task within stipulated guidelines without compromising on the quality and safety of the tyres.

Safety and Reliability of 3G Tyres Retreads

The safety and reliability of top quality retreads from 3G Tyres equal that of premium new tyres, but at a more affordable cost—thanks to our advanced technologies in our unmatched retread plants.

You have everything to gain when you start using our retreads. From cutting tyre costs by at least half without compromising on safety and performance of tyres, to guaranteed safety whether driving on smoldering hot roads or in the dead of winter, our retreads treat you right.

Being an important part of your vehicle, your tyres deserve great care and maintenance—whether virgin or retread tyres. Proper maintenance go a long way in ensuring excellent performance for you, meaning you MUST take proper care of your tyres.

According to a 2009 study in the United States, in terms of failure rates, new tyres are not any better than retreaded tyres. Debris left on the roads comes from both retreads and brand new tyres.

In fact, according to the study, the five main causes of tyre failure on the roads were:

  • Excessive heat
  • Road hazards
  • Manufacture defects
  • Debris and operational issues

In essence, the primary cause of tyre failure on the US roads is tyres not inflated with the correct amount of pressure, and are either overloaded or used incorrectly.

Whether retreaded or brand new, a poorly maintained tyre cannot last for long. Tyres are like any other part on your motor vehicle. Without proper maintenance they will wear out really fast.

Looking for reliable retreads in Johannesburg? 3G Tyres are safe and affordable.

Why choose Us?

We are focused on you—your safety, pocket-friendly rates, efficient service and high-grade products to meet your every need.

Contact us today for a matchless experience!



Tyre Retreading

Think environment, think truck tyre retread!

If you still think retreads are unsafe, please don’t fly—because guess what, nearly 100 percent of all major airlines fit their planes with retreads. Shocked? Don’t be, just keep reading.

Undoubtedly, retreads have earned a bad rap over the years but if you thought retreads are not as good as premium tyres then you’re mistaken. Sorry if this sounds abrupt; but a fact is just a fact. 

Here are some facts…

Today’s top quality retreads are manufactured and fitted with impressive technology advances that guarantee the safety, reliability, performance and cost-efficiency of retreads.

Whether used in major trucking fleets, commercial and military airlines, school and municipal buses or fire engines and other emergency vehicles, retreads are trusted and dependable.

Globally, thousands of owners/operators and small package delivery services like, FED EX are turning to retreads to save the environment and sustain the future.

In 2017, about 14.3 million commercial truck tyres were successfully retreaded, ultimately saving 214 million gallons of oil and about 228 million pounds of steel.

The thing is, retreads are safe and surprisingly equal or even exceeding the mileage performance of premium new tyres.

And what exactly do we mean by retreading?

Well, the term retreading refers to the process of taking high quality casing whose tread is worn down and reproducing it with a newer layer of treat which only consumes a fraction of the raw materials used in manufacturing a new tyre.

Usually, a new premium tyre can be retreaded 3 to 4 times during its useful life, increasing its economic and environmental benefits.

New studies detail multiple benefits that impact heavily on global warming, CO2 , particle emissions, resource reductions as well as land usage.

Apparently, retreads have…

How about the environment?

Purchasing a retread tyre is in itself a win-win situation considering that retreads are less expensive comparable to the new premium tyres. In essence, you act responsibly by conserving the environment besides saving money. As a matter of fact, retreading existing tyres is a smart and economical way that drives the environment forward by conserving the planet’s valuable natural resources.

Retreads and the Environment

Hey, are you thinking of retreading? Why not! Retreading is recycling!!! If you’re considering redefining your ecological attitude, then retreading is the way to go.

When it comes to retreads, expert analyses of the life-cycle of major tyre brands confirm significant benefits to the environment.

For instance, compared to premium tyres, one 18-wheel truck moving on retreaded tyres would save more energy that can be used to power nearly 29,000 households for 1 hour. The retreading process preserves approximately 80% of the old tyre and up to 70% of energy.

Choosing tyre retreading over replacement is the most environmentally responsible and sustainable decision. This is because a new tyre requires nearly 83 litres of oil yet only 26 litres are enough to retread a worn out tire.

According to data published by the Environmental Protection Agency, retreading a single tyre takes 26 litres of oil as compared to 83 litres used for making a brand new tire.

We in this industry believe that not retreading your tyres when the original tread is worn out is as good as tearing up your money and throwing them out of the window as you spin down the highway.

And so when it’s time to think retread and environment, think 3G Tyres!

About us: 3G Tyres

We are the most trusted retread solution, bringing the reliability of new tyres and savings of unmatched retreads that spell DURABILITY, QUALITY and PERFORMANCE. 

For over a decade, 3G Tyres has been providing advanced solutions backed by our commitment to excellence, integrity and end-user satisfaction through efficient services and top-grade products at affordable rates.

Based in Johannesburg South Africa we boast professionals dedicated to manufacturing the highest quality retreads in sustainable ways. Whether tyre repair or retreading services, we ensure superior traction and safety every time.

Our retreading processes feature high standards, personalized and localized solutions for your unique needs.

Choosing 3G Tyres’ Retreading means

  • A controlled process that uses hi-tech equipment
  • On-site technical consulting, inspection and casing management
  • Premium new tyres manufactured to be retreaded
  • A wide range (differing in sizes and features) designed to meet your unique needs
  • Retreading plants subjected to annual homologation (ECE109), which applies durability tests similar to homologation of new tyres.

Our commitment to future generations and the environment remains solid. Each day we forge forward with new initiatives that ensure sustainable practices while using highly efficient, advanced processes and equipment to reduce waste and energy consumption at all levels.

Are you ready to build a better planet with the leading retread company in the world? When you need to reduce consumption and save the environment with retreads, think us—3G Tyres.


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