Apollo Tyres has opened its third ARZ (Apollo Retread Zone) store at Turbhe, Navi Mumbai. The other two stores are located in Jaipur and Chennai.
These outlets provide quality retreading service to truck-bus customers and fleet owners. All truck, bus radials are capable of multiple retreads due to their strong carcass. Each retread costs only 25 to 27 per cent the cost of a new tyre, but provides 90 per cent the mileage of a new tyre. ARZ outlets aim to serve this market and are equipped with advanced retreading machines, high quality tread material and trained workers. Apollo provides infrastructural support for these retreading outlets and also trains the employees of ARZ at its Retread Research and Training Centre in Chennai.
Giving his comments Satish Sharma, President - Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, Apollo Tyres Ltd said, "As a dominant player in the commercial vehicle segment, especially in India, we are committed to providing 360 degree solution to our customers, which very much includes retreading as well, to enhance the tyre life of the end-user. The increase in usage of radial tyres in the truck-bus segment, has increased the potential for retreading, and thereby the need for more such quality retreading outlets to service our customers."
Apollo sees a strong demand in this market which is getting increasingly organised. It hopes to reach a total of 20 outlets throughout India by end of this year.