Hyderabad: French tyre company Michelin has announced a unique 'regrooving service', which the company claims has the potential to enhance the life of used truck tyres by about 20 per cent.
According to the company, this service is available to its customers globally, and the company intends to offer this facility to truck tyre users in India as well. This service will be marketed via a chain of dealers who are trained in handling this delicate task.
Regrooving is entirely different from retreading, which is done by adding a fresh layer of rubber onto a worn out tyre, while regrooving is done on the worn out tyre directly.
The regrooving process potentially adds up to four mm of fresh grooves on a tyre, thereby making the tyre much safer to use even on wet surfaces. Apart from adding life to the used tyres, regrooving apparently saves up to 10 per cent in fuel.