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The Economics of tire remanufacturing

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We start with a description of the world market for tires and identifying the used tire disposal problem. Then, we describe the value-adding operations in the tire production process and in the tire retreading process. We describe the current material flow from raw materials to used tires and their applications. Once retreading is identified as the only process that maximizes the tire utilization, we describe other recovery processes for those tires that can no longer be retreaded. We discuss the drawbacks of these processes and clarify why heat generation is the only alternative to retreading today. The economic values of heat generation in electric plants and in cement kilns are discussed. We culminate with the case of retreading, the tire remanufacturing process. Finally, we recommand a simple decision rule for selecting the number of times a tire should be retreaded

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