Vernon, British Columbia-Kal Tire's Mining Tire Group officially opened today a new 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," says Pedro Pacheco, vice president operations, 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 square metres, was built in La Negra, an industrial complex east of Antofagasta, and conveniently 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 inches. 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," says Pacheco. Kal Tire already has four earthmover and retreading plants across three continents. As plans were drawn for a fifth to open in Chile, plant manager Jorge Cardenas spent one and a half years training at Kal Tire's retread facility in Kamloops, BC, Canada.
Kal Tire began operating in Chile almost 20 years ago. It was the first international expansion for the organization. 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 years," says Pacheco. "But our new facility will enable us to add to our capacity, now offer OTR retread services and deliver in shorter times."
Additionally, Kal Tire's new facility in Chile will offer the organization's exclusive 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 years, Kal Tire's Mining Tire Group has invested in world-class facilities, equipment and processes to ensure retreaded tyres are of the highest consistency and 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.
About Kal TireKal Tire is Canada's largest independent tyre dealer and one of North America's largest commercial tyre dealers. Kal Tire's Mining Tire Group is a global leader in mining tyre service and supply, operating on more than 150 mine sites across five continents. As the largest truck tyre retreader in Canada, Kal Tire owns and operates 10 truck tyre retread facilities, plus an additional four earthmover retreading facilities are located in Canada, the United Kingdom and Ghana, West Africa. The company employs more than 5,400 team members. For more information, please visit www.kaltiremining.com.