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Publication for the Tyre Industry of South Africa

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    a R5 000.00 shopping voucher courtesy of the TiAuto Group

    Reifen 2014 breaks all records

    New face of Leader Tread is unveiled

    Redisa responds to industry claims

    General tyre brand is relaunched

    Conti 360 Fleet Services now available in SA

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  • editor Liana Shaw

    Technical consultant Wray Shaw

    Reproduction Diane van Noort

    Printing TYPO Colour Printing Specialists

    Distribution Prestige Bulk Mailers

    Advertising Liana Shaw

    Contents A note fromthe editor

    With spring in the air, in this, our

    September edition, we bring you a

    mixed bag of stories derived from

    multiple industry sectors. We also

    revisit the highly contentious topic

    of waste tyre collection and disposal

    following our feature story on waste

    tyres in June which outlined some of

    the service-related problems being

    experienced in the marketplace.

    Predictably, the story evoked a mixed response from both industry and

    Redisa management so in this issue, on page 23, we bring you a follow-up

    story in which Redisa addresses some of the claims that have surfaced, whilst

    also seizing on the opportunity to detail its Internal Complaints Handling

    Process for the benefit of its members.

    And the worlds most prestigious tyre show Reifen 2014 which took place

    in May in Germany, has broken all records with respect to exhibitor numbers

    and visitor presence from a growing list of countries. SA TREADS foreign

    correspondent attended the show to report on new products and innovations,

    some of which are covered in our feature story. Read about some of the shows

    most memorable highlights on page 10 alongside images of some of the stands

    on display, which this year, pushed the boat out even further.

    Our One-on-One spot features an exclusive interview with Brett Sproson, MD

    of independent retread supplier, Leader Tread, who divulges a new direction

    for this well-known family business that is expanding its presence and range

    in the market in its quest to provide a one-stop service to its customer base.

    And we bring you details of the exciting new path Continental Tyre SA is

    taking with the relaunch of the General brand coupled with the companys

    exciting 360 Reach initiative which will soon be making the rounds across

    the country.

    And last but by no means least, the TiA Group of companies (incorporating

    Tiger Wheel and Tyre and Tyres & More) has just celebrated the opening of

    their 100th retail store in South Africa! A noteworthy milestone indeed and

    one which they have chosen to further celebrate by offering our readers a

    R5 000.00 shopping voucher to be spent at any one of their stores in the

    country!

    To stand a chance a win, enter our competition prize on page 40 either via

    www.satreads.co.za or on fax no 011 658-0010Good Luck!

    I n t r o d u c t i o n 1

    Publishers Sky Publications cc PO Box 702

    Douglasdale, 2165

    Tel: (011) 658 0011

    Fax: (011) 658 0010

    Cell: 082 851 6777

    E-mail: satreads@mweb.co.za

    Website: www.satreads.co.za

    one-on-one Welcome to the new face of Leader Tread ..........................................2

    Focus on Reifen 2014 breaks all records ......................................................... 10 Point S stand buzzes at Reifen 2014 ................................................ 15

    Distribution TiAuto Celebrates Milestone Opening of 100th Retail Store ............ 19

    industry news Redisa responds to industry issues .................................................. 23 Its a hat-trick for Dunlop in the TGI Icon brands survey .................. 25

    Manufacturing General Tyre relaunches range and brand profile in SA ................... 27 Conti 360 Fleet Services now available in SA ................................. 27 Its different its Cooper ................................................................ 28

    new Product Trestlejacks 30-Ton R22.5 from Patch Tech ...................................... 30

    Talking Tyres Tyre Forum Firing up a forum ........................................................ 25

    Goodyear news Hi-5 to Hi-Q! South Africa has spoken, and once again Hi-Q came out on top ....................................................................... 36

    World news CITExpo expects packed house ........................................................ 38 China expresses strong opposition to US tire trade case ................. 38 US commerce department proceeds with trade case against Chinese import tires ............................................ 38 New truck range from Pirelli ............................................................. 38

    competition, subscription, Website ................................... 40

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    Precure tread supplier, Leader Tread, is heralding in a new era by way of a

    re-invention process aimed at positioning the company in a much

    stronger light via its ability to provide a complete service to its customer

    base. Founded by John Sproson in 1964 the company, now run by

    son Brett Sproson, remains in the family and will now also expand its

    product offering to encompass new truck tyres, backed by an innovative

    tyre management system.

    We caught up with Brett sproson at their offices in industria.

    Welcome to the new face of Leader Tread

    NEW ERA FOR WELL-KNOWN FAMILY CONCERN

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    Tell us about these new developments within the company Brett.

    Our core business remains the supply of precure tread , consumables

    and equipment with a range of products that encompasses the

    diverse needs of our customers, from a budget brand to our premium

    Milemaster and the Marangoni Ringtread which is aimed at the top end

    of the market.

    Leader Tread is further known for its ability to offer an end-to-end

    service by way of retread plant refurbishment, equipment, training and

    technical support to factory as well as on the field.

    With the tyre industry constantly evolving, we took the decision to

    expand our product one step further and are now exclusive distributors

    for Pirelli truck tyres in southern Africa, having begun with tyre testing

    in January, and are proud to be associated with this premium new tyre

    brand that will complement our retread products.

    What is the feedback from end users thus far on the Pirelli brand?

    The tyres are performing extremely well, we are waiting for the second

    stage of testing and that is the retreadability of the casing.

    And then there is your tyre management system which we hear so much

    about. How does it differ from its counterparts in the market?

    Navigator was developed in-house some 10 years ago as a loyalty

    offering to our customers and it is being used successfully by LT dealers

    and end users alike. The primary difference between our system and

    others is that it can be accessed from any point, i.e. mobile phone,

    tablet, ipad. Unlike other stand-alone products, the tyre technician can

    capture and update data from any given point.

    To the best of my knowledge, Navigator is the only locally developed

    product of its kind at this time.

    What are some of the features of the system?

    Navigator furnishes each tyre technician and operator a unique user

    name and password, a feature that enforces accountability for all

    functions such as tyre changes, surveys, tyre inflation as these and all

    similar actions are date stamped to each individual user. This allows

    for an individuals job performance to be accurately measured and

    managed for any specified period.

    Any faults identified by the technician during routine tasks are sent to

    any pre-set contacts via automated email on the tasks completion for

    auctioning. Plus technicians can verify live tyre information on changes

    and vehicle surveys as opposed to the unreliable practice of filling in

    forms and tyre documents.

    Moreover, our gate pass function optimises surveys and pressure

    corrections by allocating the next vehicle to be surveyed based on