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No New Tyres Not A Problem, Says Bandag

Fiji Bandag’s retreads last longer than new tyres, cost less, use less oil and energy to produce and reduces landfill.
21 Mar 2020 12:31
No New Tyres Not A Problem, Says Bandag
Retread tyres in stock at Fiji Bandag Pte Ltd. Inset: Fiji Bandag Pte Ltd general manager Lawrence Robert. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

There is a shortages of new tyres in light of the coronavirus pandemic, Fiji Bandag Pte Ltd has said.

To ease the situation, the company is offering retreading tyres, said general manager Lawrence Robert.

Re-tread tyres

Retreading, Mr Robert said, involved the import of raw material from Australia.

“If there is shortage of new tyres, we will always have backup tyres from Australia, where our raw material is sourced.

Fiji Bandag Pte Ltd general manager Lawrence Robert. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

Fiji Bandag Pte Ltd general manager Lawrence Robert. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

“We have been doing this for the last 44 years.

“A retread tyre is user friendly and helps the environment.”

Fiji Bandag’s retreads last longer than new tyres, cost less, use less oil and energy to produce and reduces landfill, he said.

The company retreads perform approximately 56 per cent better than other re-treads.

“We are one of Fiji’s leading new tyre and battery distributors.

“We are also having the largest tyre retreading company in the Pacific.”

He urges customers to use retread tyres since it’s cost effective.

Mr Robert said the company imported new tyres from China

“The business is going through a difficult time.

“We used to import from Korea, but it was expensive so we moved to China.

“We did order tyres in December last year, but it was delayed, because some factories were closed.

“It will take three to four months to arrive.

“But that will depend on the situation in China.

“This will not only affect the tyre businesses but all businesses.”

Retread tyres in stock at Fiji Bandag Pte Ltd. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

Retread tyres in stock at Fiji Bandag Pte Ltd. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

Employees

Fiji Bandag hasn’t laid off employees as yet, Mr Robert said.

But if things get tough, they would probably have to review their cost of operation.

“We have five branches in Fiji, located in Suva, Sigatoka, Nadi, Lautoka, and Labasa.

“At the moment we haven’t decided anything yet.”

Bandag employs 60 people.

More reasons to re-tread with Fiji Bandag

  • Fijian Made Product
  • Cold processed retreads offer the most reliable and cost effective replacements on tyres in the market today.
  • Bandag picks up worn tyre casings from designated premises without any disposal costs.
  • pay residual value for the worn tyres
  • We are committed to providing cost savings and have data from customers in
  • Reliable and efficient service from a dedicated team

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