In the manufacture of a new tyre, approximately 75%-80% of the manufacturing cost is incurred in tyre body and remaining 20%-25% in the TREAD, the portion of the tyre which meets the road surface. Hence, by applying a new TREAD over the body of the worn tyre, a fresh lease of life is given to the tyre, at a cost which is less than 50% of the price of a new tyre. This process is termed as 'tyre retreading'. However, the body of the used tyre must have some desirable level of characteristics to enable retreading. Retreading cannot also be done if the tyre has already been over used to the extent that the fabric is exposed/damaged.

Retreading could be done more than once.

Tyre retreading in the commercial vehicle segment is poised for growth in the future.  This growth will be aided by the following favourable factors and major developments taking place:

  • Increased level of Radialization in the commercial vehicle segment (due to reduced incidence of overloading of commercial vehicles);
  • Growth in and increased share of multi-axle trucks (with the catching up of the concept of 'hub & spoke' transportation, long distance movement of road freight will be by multi-axle trucks whereas distances within and around the cities will be catered by smaller commercial vehicales);
  • National Highway Projects, especially Golden Quadrilateral Project and Highways connecting North-South and East -West corridors (coupled with reduction in overloading and improved condition of road network, higher level retreading will offer added financial benefits).

Indian Tyre Industry

Financial Year 2010-2011 (Est.)

Turnover of Indian Tyre Industry Rs. 30,000 Crores
Tyre Production (Tonnage) 14.88 lakh M.T.
Tyre Production – All Categories (Nos.) 1192 Lakh
Tyre Export from India (Value) : Rs. 3600 crores
Number of tyre companies: 39
Industry Concentration 10 Large tyre companies account for over 95% of total tyre production.
Radialisation Level - Current (as a % of total tyre production) Passenger Car tyres: 98% Light Commercial Vehicles: 18% Heavy Vehicles ( Truck & Bus ): 15%

Population & Growth Rate For Vehicles In Mumbai Metro Region

Source: www.mesn.org
Two wheelers Auto rickshaws As on 31.3.2008 Cars Taxis   Buses Comm. Veh. Others Total
865,466 108,812 Greater Mumbai 507,408 58,813   13,239 71,329 6,770 1,631,837
834,457 117,348 Thane district 353,694 28, 420   11,529 215,145 3,294 1,563,887
200,119 20,298 Raigad district 68,775 11,333   964 42,569 3,042 347,100
1,900,042 246,458 Total MMR 929,877 98,566   25,732 329,043 13,106 3,542,824

Annualised Growth - March 2005

Two wheelers Auto rickshaws As on 31.3.2005 Cars Taxis   Buses Comm. veh Others Total
647,892 104,104 Greater Mumbai 409,120 58,049   12,290 56,345 7,140 1,294,940
572,827 104,321 Thane district 250,899 14,014   8,695 151,486 7,865 1,110,107
128,287 18,911 Raigad district 43,457 8,659   719 24,809 2,264 227,106
1,349,006 227,336 Total MMR 703,476 80,722   21,704 232,640 17,269 2,632,153


Annualised Growth - March 2008 over March 2005

Two wheelers Auto rickshaws   Cars Taxis   Buses Comm. veh Others Total
11% 2% Greater Mumbai 8% 0.4%   3% 9% -2% 9%
15% 4% Thane district 14% 34%   11% 14% -19% 14%
19% 2% Raigad district 19% 10%   11% 24% 11% 18%
14% 3% Total MMR 11% 7%   6% 14% -8% 12%
Information from MMRDA Transport and Communications Division's Basic Transport and communications statistics for Mumbai Metropolitan Region - August 2008