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August 2, 2013 AT 3:00 am

Retread: How remolded tires are made

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I’ve since learned tires can of course be re-molded and re-treaded. But I had no idea how labor- and energy-intensive it was until I saw this video. Those of you who are into molding will enjoy seeing how the mold comes apart/together around 3:15. I also dug watching how they remove the flashing, and that inflatable thingy that serves as the mold’s core. The amount of man-hours that goes into each tire, not to mention the one-hour-plus molding time, is staggering. But what I found most surprising was that despite all of that energy burned, re-molding is still 30 to 60% cheaper than creating the tire from scratch.


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1 Comment

  1. I hate these things. I can’t tell you have many of them I’ve had to dodge at highway speeds around Atlanta, and I’ve hit a couple. Who pays for the damage? I do.

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