Marangoni GRP Private Limited (MGPL), a joint venture commercial vehicle retreading company in India, has launched its first full service Ringtread franchise in the country, Autobahn Retreading. The franchise is located in Cochin, Kerala, in the south of India, and is part of Autobahn Trucking Corporation.
The retreading workshop was inaugurated by Giuseppe Marangoni, VP of the Marangoni Group, and Harsh Gandhi, CEO of GRP.
Marangoni said at the event, “For us India is a key growth market. We strongly believe that with Ringtread, Marangoni’s splice-less retread, we can offer a solution that will significantly reduce the operating costs of fleets in India.
“Having a franchise partner like Autobahn will be essential for success. The retreading market in India needs further development and we hope to be the forefront of this transformation.”
Autobahn Retreading is a dealer for Bharat Benz Trucks. MD Mohamed Farzad, commented, “We are proud to be associated with Marangoni GRP in bringing cutting-edge technology to the market. We hope that truck operators will be able to increase their revenue as a result of using the Ringtread.”
Babu Moopan, chairman of the Nippon Group, parent company of Autobahn Trucking, was impressed with the setup of the retreading facility, which aims to give truckers a one-stop-solution.
Martin Kalagin, Marangoni’s Asian operations director, sees the company’s engagement in India over the past four years validated by the fact that Autobahn selected the Marangoni GRP retreading system after an extensive investigation of all available options in the market. Kalagin said, “Being chosen by a highly professional company like Autobahn means that we are able to tailor-fit our standard global retreading system to the Indian market requirements.”
Hemant Kaul, CEO of MGPL, emphasized Marangoni GRP’s commitment to setting up a pan-India network of franchises, making Marangoni’s technology available on a larger scale to the Indian market within the next two years.