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Kal Tire opens OTR tyre retread and repair facility in Chile

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Kal Tire’s Mining Tire Group has opened a new off-the-road (OTR) tyre retread and repair facility near the port city of Antofagasta, in the heart of Chile’s mining industry.

“Kal Tire has been supporting the Chilean mining industry for many years,” said Pedro Pacheco, Vice President Operations at Kal Tire Latin America. “Our customers here have been asking us for the ability to retread their tyres, so we’re looking forward to delivering this service to help them grow and remain competitive.”

The new facility, which is approximately 20,000 m2, was built in La Negra, an industrial complex east of Antofagasta located between the port city and an important mining region. Like any Kal Tire OTR retread and repair facility, it will accommodate all tyres sizes up to 63 in. There is also room allocated for tyre storage, office space and support services.

“This modern facility will bring to Chile’s mining industry the same value-added services our customers enjoy in Canada, Ghana and England,” continued Pacheco. The plant brings the number of earthmover and retreading plants to five on four continents.

Kal Tire began operating in Chile almost 20 yr ago. It was the first international expansion for the organisation. Year over year the company has seen growth in both tyre services and sales. “We’ve been doing tyre repairs and retreading truck tyres for approximately 16 yr,” explained Pacheco. “But our new facility will enable us to add to our capacity, now offer OTR retread services and deliver in shorter times.”

The new facility in Chile will offer the organisation’s Ultra Repair Technology for ultra-class mining tyres. Developed by Kal Tire mining tyre experts in Canada, the ultra-repair patches are handmade and installed with new technology in order to replace steel belts and restore the tyre to its original strength and integrity, with no sidewall bulging. The process has been tested in the most challenging environments and conditions, exceeding customers’ expectations on mine sites around the world.

For over 40 yr, Kal Tire’s Mining Tire Group has invested in world-class facilities, equipment and processes to ensure retreaded tyres are of the highest consistency, quality and have the appearance and integrity of new tyres. Retreading existing tyres provides a cost-effective alternative to buying new tyres, and studies have shown retread tyres can compare favourably with premium brand tyres at a fraction of the cost.

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