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Technology-Driven Retreading

ContiLifeCycle™ Partners follow an audited seven-step process to ensure the quality and reliability of your ContiTread™retread product. Only Grade A, carefully inspected casings are used, so your retread tires can “look like new, run like new!”

There are two methods which can be used to retread truck tires or bus tires: cold retreading and hot retreading. The manufacturing process is identical until the step in which the tread material is applied and vulcanized.

To manufacture a ContiTread bus or truck tire retread, Continental uses pre-cure or cold retreading. In this process, a length of tread which has already been set with its pattern and vulcanized (or “cured”), is applied to the buffed tire casing. This method is gentler on the tire casing, since the curing temperature is lower, putting less strain on the rubber and steel components. Delivering reliable retread performance with cold retreading requires advanced technology, so Continental carefully audits each of our ContiLifeCycle partner locations to ensure compliance with our technology-driven process.

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In Europe and other regions, Continental also offers mold-cure or hot retreading under the brand name ContiRe™. In this process, the tread material is extruded and applied to the buffed casing, then vulcanized in a mold shaped with the tread pattern – virtually identical to the production process for a new tire.

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ContiLifeCycle™ Process

Technology Driven for High-Quality Retreading

Retread Process Steps
1. Inspection

Thorough initial casing inspection, using state-of-the-art technology.

2. Buffing

Precise buff contours and consistent under-tread thickness via computer-controlled buffing.

3. Skiving & Repairs

Professional casing skiving and repair, conducted by Continental trained operators.

4. Tread Building

Optimum casing fitting, ensured by laser guided tread application.

5. Double Enveloping

Optimum curing generated by modern enveloping technology.

6. Curing

Ideal retread curing with precisely controlled time, temperature, vacuum and pressure.

7. Final Inspection

Detailed final inspection, ending with high pressure testing.

8. Process Control

Constant process and quality optimization by our globally connected retread specialists.