Continental Tyre Group has bought fleet management and tyre retreader Bandvulc in “a logical step”. The two companies have worked together for more than 25 years. The acquisition will allow Continental to strengthen its position in the UK and Irish markets, as well as enable Bandvulc to grow its own operation with access its new owner’s fleet and customer portfolio. Bandvulc’s Ivybridge, Devon factory will continue to offer both Bandvulc and Continental’s ContiRe retreads, with a view to expanding the […]
Bandvulc MD Patrick O’Connel (pictured, main) has stepped down to spend more time with parent company Continental, which bought the Devon-based tyre retreader last year.
As the world’s largest new tyre manufacturer, turning over $28bn (£22bn) a year, it might seem surprising that Bridgestone also has a significant retread operation. It purchased global cold cure retread franchise Bandag, largely for its huge US operation, and acquired UK hot cure specialist Bulldog in Bourne, Lincolnshire. The fortunes of truck tyre retreaders have waxed and waned in the past decade as a period of high prices and shortages of new tyres prior to 2011 has since been […]