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Why Retreads Are The Future In South Africa

The advancement in retreading technology and processes in the past two decades has delivered significant value to fleet owners. 

Today, retreaded tyres are made to standards that give new tyres a run for their price. And this is not only in terms of great cost savings but also ecological advantages too. 

Being cost-efficient and reliable and featuring excellent quality similar to those of brand new tyres, retreads have in recent years gained more popularity and moved to become the No.1 choice for most motorists in the country. 

Each day thousands of tyres across SA are saved from landfills and put back to service through the process of retreading. And there’s no doubt that retreads are a better option for new tyres, thanks to the countless benefits of retreads.

Considering that most major truck tyre manufacturers produce tyres for several lifespans, it means tyres are designed to be retreaded. As such, when motorists fail to retread their worn-out tyres, they are simply throwing away money.


Since some of the major tyre manufacturers like Michelin, Bridgestone and Goodyear are already including retreading as one of their main products meaning retreads are the future that is already here with us.

Interestingly, more and more fleet owners and managers are turning to retreaded tyres in their quest to cut running costs per kilometre and ultimately improve their bottom lines. 

In addition, retreads are proven to be safe and durable when compared to standard tyres as long as retreaded tyres are produced by a reputable retreading company which does not compromise on the quality of its processes and materials. 

As a way of saving on their budgets, most truck fleet plans nowadays involve having the casings of new tyres retreaded twice or thrice as a routine part of saving on their maintenance budgets. 

SA’s retreading Company One of the Best In The World

Did you know that one of the world’s biggest commercial truck tyres retreading plant is in South Africa? That’s right. 3G Tyres which began with a simple idea of reducing tyre maintenance costs has grown to become one of the leading specialists in tyre retreading across the country and beyond.   

With 3G Tyres now churning out on average a similar number of retreads as some of the most established retreading companies in the USA, it’s just a matter of time before retreads become the preferred tyres in the market. 

So, what do the world’s biggest retreading companies have in common with 3G Tyres local company? 

Well, they both integrate highest quality products such as curing tubes, MAE envelopes as well as pincott buffing blades that ensure each retreaded tyre performs as good as a new tyre. 

The company

Since 2008, 3G Tyres has expanded its retreading services to provide comprehensive services that feature all types of tyres from the small passenger tyres to the biggest truck or earthmover tyres. 

Through extensive research, 3G Tyres has been able to design and produce suitable retread products based on customer needs and demands. 

To learn more about why 3G Tyres is one of the best retreading companies in South Africa when it comes to the repair, supply and manufacture of repairs, click here.


Tyre Retreading

What Is Tyre Retreading and Is It Safe?

For many South African motorists, the extent of engagements they have with their tyres is small—they simply buy a set of tyres, fix the tyres on their car and then wheel them around. Then after some time, they retire the worn outset and buy new ones. 

Unfortunately, the lifecycle of a tyre isn’t anything like ABC…Retreading is an option for tyres with some degree of wear but still have enough rubber to be reused. 

While retreading is gaining more popularity among fleet vehicle owners and managers, the process involved is thorough, making it a worthwhile alternative. 

The retreading process

Proper maintenance and right driving habits do prolong a tyre’s life. Even if the wear and tear catches up with them along the way and are no longer fit for use on the road, instead of buying brand new tyres, retreading comes in handy as an effective way to save money. 

Essentially, the materials needed to retread are less costly compared to the cost of manufacturing a new set of tyres. While the retreading process varies depending on the tyre and the extent of damage, all retreading processes feature vigorous inspection of the tyre to ensure it’s suitable for retreading before being stripped back into its casing, and thereafter cemented on a fresh layer of tread used to replace the old, worn-out layer. 

Retreads are considered ideal for tyres that are heavy-duty like those used on trucks, construction vehicles and trailers. While retreaded tyres do make a lot of economic sense for businesses with fleets of vehicles, they also make an economic difference for other motorists. 

The Benefits of Retreads are more

While retreading has raised concerns in some quarters, there are huge factors that favour the process. Compared to the past decades, retro-revival tyres are now made with precision of safety standards. 

Retreaded tyre manufacturers like 3G Tyres subject their retreads to similar safety processes as those used in making brand new tyres. The company also adheres to strict safety controls that ensure the safety of the vehicles and the roads they run on. And so if retreaded tyres weren’t considered safe, they would not even appear on our roads. 

Retreaded tyres also boast the green factor. Even though tyre technology has generally been improving and it’s obvious that we will see more eco-friendly tyres roll into the market, it’s a sad reality that old tyres that don’t get retreaded find their way to landfills. 

Businesses looking to cut on their operations costs can consider retreads as they ultimately save fleet owners millions of Rands when multiple sets of tyres are retreaded over many years. This translates to big savings for business owners with several vehicles in their fleet. 

Why Choose 3G Tyres?

3G Tyres is a premier company specializing in truck tyre retreading in South Africa. We are reputable and stand by our tyres which we supply, service, repair and retread. 

We focus on you and guarantee 100% customer satisfaction, thanks to our use of high-grade products, excellent workmanship and affordable rates. When you need retreats in South Africa, trust 3G Tyres for quality, longer-lasting tyres.



Tyre Retreading

Retreads are the Future

South Africa’s tyre industry is set to change radically, ushering in a new sense of driving priorities that will become mandatory for a majority of motorists.

 And hey, don’t wait for announcements and launches…it will happen so suddenly…in fact, it’s already happening and motorists are rethinking their priorities. 

Your ability to enjoy a ride down the road will soon depend on several new factors. Budgets will be cut. Maintenance costs of fleets will grow thinner and tyre companies will revise their strategies. Retreats will become the craze.

The reason for all this is, of course, The uncertainty and tougher economic times ahead. So…..

It’s time to check your tyres. Are they in good condition? Where do you buy your tyres? Who manufactures them? Do you prefer retreads or brand new tyres? 

When it comes to tyres, several stresses make them wear out so fast—heat and scrub, excessive weight, high speeds, rough surfaces, the wrong amount of tyre pressure, sharp braking, cornering and acceleration. Hence, the more the stresses, the more you will spend on tyres.

There is no denying that the novel coronavirus pandemic has negatively impacted the global economy, South Africa not exempted, as indicated by the various performance matrixes of financial markets, the volatility of the Rand, disruption of global supply chains, and reversal of prior fiscal and monetary policies. 

Consequently, the economic fortunes of many fleet owners and motorists haven’t been in tune with the pandemic; as such, the idea of purchasing new tyres and the coins of the old wallet don’t just add up. 

So are retreads a realistic, timely and better option? The answer is yes.

While the culture of tyre maintenance in Africa has not been fully embraced and retreaded tyres are pitched mainly as budget alternatives to standard tyres, retreads have several advantages over brand new tyres besides playing a major role in the overall cycle of a tyre.

Delivering more reliable, longer-lasting, better looking and balanced retreads is a sure way for retreading companies to survive the tough economic times and remain in business. 

Just like the rest of retread markets across the globe, the SA market has largely been affected by the ongoing pandemic as well as the influx of cheap Chinese tyre imports. 

This has caused a significant change in the dynamics of most retreading businesses and those that will survive are those ready to adapt the new critical developments set to happen, and thereafter evolve to ensure growth and survival. 

It’s time for the retreading industry to innovate for more sustainable growth. By focusing on producing efficient, better quality and cost-effective products, retreads are bound to market themselves better as they prepare for the future.  

As a local innovative and forward-looking retreading company, 3G Tyres stands tall as the leading manufacturer set to thrive through this tough economic season. Built on the tenets of honesty, excellence and customer satisfaction, the company has grown to become a specialist in truck tyre retreading delivering unmatched high-grade retreats that spell efficiency and cost-saving.

From supplying and repairing retreads to retreading services in South Africa, 3G Tyres guarantees top-notch retreaded tyres that are affordable, superior and last longer.

Forget the Chinese imports today and save with reliable retreads from 3G.


Fleet management, Tyre Retreading

What are the factors that fleet managers should consider while buying retread or new tyres?

New rubber budgets and occasional blowouts have always been the determining factors in how fleet managers choose to roll down the road. Sadly, top on the list of factors that cause most collisions involving trucks have often been ageing tyres; and it’s easy to understand why.

The cost of buying brand new tyres for your fleet of trucks can cost you an arm and a leg, forcing most fleet operators to compromise on the safety of their vehicles, drivers and other road users. 

As a road user, my search for questions why sometimes tyres fail to take a firm grip of the road during unfolding emergencies has led me to one conclusion; always check your vehicle’s rubbers.

Consequently, the most ideal set of fleet tyres must be carefully chosen, which brings us to the reason for this post.

But first, let’s understand what retread tyres are. A retread is simply the part of the tyre that wears off when we drive. That is the casing—the part of your tyre that rarely gets attention. In other words, it’s the bead, the sidewalls where the tyre meets the rim as well as the tread.

Generally, federal regulations dictate that tyres should be changed when the tyre tread depth hits 2/32 of an inch or when the steer tyres get to 4/32 of an inch. 

Thankfully, with advanced technology, there are retread companies that now take used casings and put them through a thorough process that manufactures new treads.

Back to the topic at hand…

There are numerous factors that fleet managers ought to consider when considering the purchase of a tyre and these include fuel consumption, dry braking, tread life, the wet handling abilities and of course the price of the tyres. 

At this juncture, I must state that when it comes to fleet tyres, never sacrifice safety and performance for design because in emergencies and cost-cutting measures, how cool your tyres look at the parking lot means absolutely nothing.  

So when you have to choose between buying retreaded and new rollers, there are a few things you need to consider. 


  • Cost


Managing a fleet of vehicles is expensive. The cost of maintenance alone can suck a huge chunk out of your bottom line. Hence, you have to look for ways to save money—and tyre retreading is a worthwhile practice. Retreaded tyres are cost-effective, with price tags that are less than of the new ones. In fact, retreaded tyres cost a fraction of the price of brand new tyres. Additionally, tyres can be retreaded severally hence extending the life of the tyre by about 600,000 miles. With all these combined, the cost of a fleet tyre can reduce by up to two-thirds.


  • The Green Aspect


The process of retreading tyres is easier and environmentally friendly than dumping old, wasted tyres in landfills and purchasing new ones. Of course, broken up tyre debris littering highways has tainted the glory of retreads with many considering retreads unsafe; fortunately, the cons of retreaded tyres outweigh those of standard tyres. 

Keeping tyres out of landfills simply means fewer chemicals leaking into the environment and less space occupied by decomposing rubber. Furthermore, the process of tyre retreading consumes less oil than the process of manufacturing brand new tyres—in other words, 7 gallons against 22 gallons. That translates to a saving of 45 gallons of oil when one tyre is retreaded three times. 

Safety and Stability

While the notion that remanufactured tyres tend to perform poorly and are less safe and stable at high speeds, it’s no longer applicable in this era of advanced technology. Today’s tyre retread processes produce tyres that can move for long distances when drivers and fleet managers ensure proper inflation and carefully monitor the tread as it wears down.

While one argument against retreaded tyres that may hold some ground is that re-manufactured tyres are of inferior quality. However, it all comes down to the retreading company. 

A reputable company like 3G tyres does an exceptional job when it comes to what the company specialises in—retreading tyres.

In conclusion 

Though the advantages of retreads outweigh their disadvantages, fleet managers must commit to a routine tyre management program for retreads to pay off optimally. 

Given that tyres are the second biggest item in a fleet’s operating costs, it’s a rewarding commitment. Be sure to perform routine inspections to check your fleet’s tyre pressure and adjust them whenever necessary while keeping an eye the tread and wear depth. 


Fleet management, Tyre Retreading

How to manage the hidden risks associated with the fleets

Proper management of fleets is a critical responsibility in any business that wishes to thrive in tomorrow’s marketplace. 

Whether your fleet traverses through many cities, serves only a single start-up business or is anywhere in between, a fleet manager can greatly benefit when they invest in a cohesive and effective system to help manage emerging fleet risks.

The growing uncertainty in the world of economies makes cutting operational costs increasingly imperative.  With this in mind, fleet operators have to take proactive steps to boost the safety of their fleets while also minimizing their impact on the environment. 

Acknowledging these risks, 3G Tyres has put together a team of in-house experts to explore new ways in which fleet operating expenses can be reduced and environmental impact lessened. This is evident in the excellent quality of retreaded tyres the company produces. 

There are a myriad of case studies that prove that successful management of fleet risks doesn’t just help fleets to thrive—it also helps them to survive. 

So, what exactly are fleet risks?

Quite simply, fleet risks or work-related road risks are the risks that your employee could be involved in a collision while on duty. In this case, they could get injured, injure others or cause damage to property or the vehicle itself.

Generally, employers have the legal responsibility to assess and minimise potential risks. If you are a small business owner, you may not think you have a fleet but if any of your workers ever gets to drive a van or car on your behalf, these issues will still be applicable to you and or your business.

Why you need to manage these hidden risks

For instance, if you have 5 or more workers, under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, you are required to have written risk assessments of how activities related to your business could affect your employees or other people and property. 

Undoubtedly, this legislative includes work-related driving such as cars, trucks and vans which are considered an extension of the workplace. Even if your workers are less than 5, you owe them a legal duty of care to ensure your driving-related activities do not put drivers or other road users at any risk.

Truly, the not-so-obvious costs of insurance claims or repairs can be mind-boggling, but did you know that the hidden costs arising when your fleet gets involved in a collision are usually between 4 times and 32 times the cost of repairing the damaged vehicle? Well, now you know.

Poor management of your fleets by drivers can also cost your business large amounts of money, but in most cases, this happens in ways that you can’t easily recognize, hence eating into your hard-earned profits.

In conclusion, it’s important to understand where gaps exist and make every effort to improve your work-related risk management procedures including choosing to retread your fleet’s tyres instead of buying new standard tyres. 

3G Tyres is a reputed company that specialises in Truck Tyre retreading. From supply of retreaded tyres, servicing, repair to retreading all kinds of tyres, 3G will help you save on your fleet operational costs while ensuring safety on the road through top-grade retreads made using rigorous processes and eco-friendly products. 

So why choose 3G Tyres? The company’s main focus is on you the customer: delivering to you high-grade products and efficient services at an affordable rate every time.

Ultimately, you can be sure of huge financial benefits to your business and reduced chances of recurring damage to your fleet when you trust 3G Tyres with your fleet’s retreaded tyre needs. 

For more information on our tyre retreading services, visit our website by clicking here.


Fleet management, Tyre Retreading

Super single truck tyre retreading and how it helps fleet managers save money

The truck tyre retreading sector has come a long way since its inception. Technological advancements in the process of retreading have enabled manufacturers to produce highly durable, secure, and quality tyres for commercial fleets.

Produced from recycled rubber, retreaded tyres are inexpensive compared to their brand new counterparts. Particularly when buying bigger tyres like the wide-based truck tyres, these cost savings are quite significant for any fleet’s bottom line.

Wide-based tyres like those used on trucks, larger vehicles, construction or farm equipment usually come with a hefty price tag. To stretch your fleet budget further and improve your cost efficiency, it is always a good idea to invest in wide-based tyres that have been retreated.

Retreaded wide-based truck tyres are recycled tyres put through a rigorous process that makes them safe and stronger for re-use. Retreaded tyres are more affordable than new tyres, making them a smart option for both businesses and individuals.

Since their entrance into the market, retreaded wide-based truck tyres have increasingly gained popularity even though they still make up a minority of the market.

But, there’s no doubt that retreaded wide-based tyres are the right choice for fleet owners thanks to their fuel efficiency, weight savings and load efficiency.

Did you know that the cost of a super single tyre is almost that of a pair of standard tyres? Well, now you know.

As you consider investing in a super single tyre it is prudent to keep in mind the fact that wide-based tyres are quite expensive and hence it’s important to ensure the trade-off is worth the investment.

Fleets that rely heavily on wide-based truck tyres appreciate the benefits that come with these specialized tyres despite the high cost. With stringent budgets to stick to, fleet managers have to find ways to make the most out of their financial commitment on wide-based tyres.

Excitedly, wide-based truck tyre retreading has been extremely successful, with the outcome delivering the same benefits that retreading has provided to other kinds of tyres.

Retreading is one of the most effective ways of reducing the life-cycle cost of super single truck tyres. Despite the market for super single tyre casings being tight, retreading delivers better value than turning in these tyres for credit after a single service life.

Notably, not all retreading companies can handle wide-based truck tyres as this process involves modern equipment like buffers and rims/hubs to handle the wider tyres. Unfortunately, not all retreaders have the capacity to install this kind of equipment in their facilities.

One of the few facilities that specialize in retreading wide-based truck tyres is 3G Tyres Company licensed and founded in 2008.

The company also provides repair and retreading services of other types of tyres besides supplying both retreaded and OTR (off the road) tyres that are used for various needs.

The customer-driven company is committed to excellence, honesty and ultimate satisfaction of the end-user.

Save Money With Wide-Based Truck Tyre Retreading

Similar returns on investment are applicable to standard tyres as those of wide-based tyres though the figures are higher. And apparently, between a new tyre and a retread, retreading gives better value than purchasing two new tyres over the same period and mileage.

In addition, the process of retreading wide-based truck tyres not only provides significant savings but also provides more budgetary benefits to fleet managers.

Given the combination of lighter weight wheel ends and few flexing sidewalls, super single truck tyres ultimately improve fuel efficiency by about 5%, leading to reduced expenditure on fuel.

When combined with savings earned inherently through retreads with warranties that safeguard against defects in material or workmanship, you are guaranteed a better bottom line in no time for your fleet.


Save Costs, Tyre Retreading

Discover the importance of truck tyre retreading to maximize the casing value

I don’t mind what your position is when it comes to retreading, but then, you’ll be interested to know that a casing is the most terrible thing you can ever waste given that about 75% of the price of your tyres goes into it.

If you keep a keen eye on casing value, you’ll realise that casings sold on the market fetch only a fraction of their true worth. Averagely, you could make R900 to R1200 on a good casing in any tight market, yet retreading the same casing can fetch you a new tyre plus hundreds of thousands of miles of life to it—besides being retread-able several times in future.

So, realistically, where does the real casing value lie? Keep reading to learn more.

Properly retreaded tyres can extend the casing lifespan by two, three or even four times; substantially reducing the tyre’s lifecycle costs in the long run.

But first let’s keep in mind that producing high-quality casing underpins a successful retreading program. While the initial casing investment in new tyres with durable casings can stretch budget boundaries, the increased savings from better truck tyre retreading process will far-outweigh the cost of your investment, maximizing the value of the worn down truck tyres.

Casings from reputable manufacturers like 3G Tyres are designed to be highly retreadable and repairable, lasting longer and more than one life, especially when properly maintenance. In essence, a good tyre management program will deliver the lowest overall running cost.

Safeguarding the value of your casing is crucial and so whether you choose to retread or turn tyres in for credit after they are worn out, one thing is for sure, there’s a very thin line between saving money and wasting it.

Of course, the costs of retreading a tyre vary based on the type of the retread, but with a good choice of a retreader, the quality of the casing can be as excellent as that of a new tyre at a price that is about half that of a new tyre.

Tyre Retreading Worth Your Investment

When it comes to truck tyres’ fleet operation budgets, tyre repair and maintenance take the biggest share. However, tyre retreading programs are emerging as some of the most effective ways for fleet managers to cut the overall costs of their commercial fleets.

Driving with worn out tyres is extremely dangerous and hence investing more in your fleet tyres can save you thousands of dollars along the way on premature blowouts and unnecessary downtimes.

It hardly needs to be said, a retreaded tyre is just as strong as its original casing. When ready to embark on a truck tyre retreading program for your commercial truck tyres, purchase new tyres from brands whose casings make good candidates for the previous retreading process.

This ensures retreaded tyres are safer, stronger and more reliable.

When a sturdy initial casing undergoes advanced belt processes, tight uniform bead bundling and tougher rubber compounds, the retreading cycles for your fleet’s tyres will definitely increase.

 So, what does a proper casing maintenance for Truck Tyre Retreading entail?

Besides investing in a great set of commercial truck tyres, fleets should keep up with a good tyre maintenance program. It goes without saying that tyre pressure and tyre inflation must be monitored before, during and immediately after travel.

Fleet managers as well as truck drivers should regularly inspect the following to ensure the casings remain in perfect conditions for the eventual tyre retreading process:

  • Ensure all your casings have same wear patterns
  • Confirm tyre tread depth to detect any imbalances in wear and tear
  • Inspect tyres for physical damage including tears, holes or punctures
  • Keep tyre pressure and inflation at required levels


Tyre Retreading

Discover how retreading services benefit your commercial fleet

Owning a commercial fleet of vehicles is not a walk in the park and it’s expected that you’ll want to make sure you get value in every aspect of their performance, safety, fuel consumption and tyre maintenance.

When it comes to commercial vehicles like trucks, tyres take the biggest chunk of the maintenance cost—it can cost you an arm and a leg to buy brand new tyres! 100% true!

But, what if there was a better way to reduce that cost while still getting quality tyres that spell safety and affordability? For a moment, forget about proper tyre inflation, good tyre rotation and proper loading.

Listen, using retreaded tyres on your fleet is the only sure way to significantly lower your tyre maintenance costs. That’s right.

The process of retreading tyres has emerged as the fastest and easiest way to make your fleet tyres more durable, ultimately reducing your fleet costs. 

The process of retreading tyres adds new rubber on to an existing tyre when it is worn out. In fact, tyres of heavy duty moving machinery like trucks and dumpers which carry heavy loads ranging from 40 tons to 180 tons and tyre sizes of 6 to 12 feet are the best to retread. 

3G Tyres is a specialist Johannesburg truck tyre retreading Service Company that does just that. As an industry leader in the repair of “off the road” (OTR) truck tyre retreads, we offer our dealers a wide range of retreaded products and repair options perfectly customized to suit every need. 

As the largest and most reliable truck tyre retreading company in Johannesburg, we strive to deliver precision rubber products that feature the highest standards. 

Our high-grade retreaded products are made using special techniques that set us apart in the industry. From Vulcanzing Repair, Tyre Salvaging to Repair of Punctures, you can trust us for the best OTR tyres. 

With 3G Tyres, quality is assured! Since the very beginning, we’ve been the #1 choice truck tyre service company that delivers the best retread products at a highly affordable cost without compromising on the quality of retreads.

3G Tyres retreads and repairs employs special moulds distinctly designed to match the sizes of heavy duty tyres. If you are looking for first-class retread tyre range that guarantees safety and efficiency, 3G Tyres is the way to go. We keep you moving safely.

More Benefits of 3G Retread Tyres

Our retread truck tyres don’t just save you money, they deliver other benefits too:

  • Ecologically friendly—retreaded tyres are repurposed and won’t stay out in the landfill
  • No chunks of rubber left all over the road
  • Last longer, extending the original tyre’s life
  • Guaranteed safety

Our manufacturing process for tyre retreading generates safe, quality and durable tyres that are as good as the brand new tyres. As a matter of fact, the Tyre Retread & Repair Information Bureau reports that about 80% of all aircraft and commercial fleet vehicles tyres in the United States are outfitted with retreaded tyres. Furthermore, retreading tyres saves the global trucking sector over 3 billion dollars each year. If that’s not a reason enough to consider retreads, I don’t know what will.

Why Purchase 3G Retread Tyres?

It’s estimated that buying retreaded tyres can save you about 30% to 50% off the cost of purchasing new tyres. Retreads deliver the same performance standards as that of brand new tyres at a fraction of the cost. 3G retreads not only save you money but are good to the environment too. When you choose retreads, you keep old tyres off the road and landfills.

Are you considering retreaded tyres? Well, learn more on how to save money with retreads here. 



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.




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