Michael Hutt is the Group Marketing Manager of Kit Loong Commercial Group in Malaysia. He has years of experience in the retreading and new tyre industry.
3R and its Role in the Future of the Tyre Industry
There are a lot more factors we can bring into play that can assist in reducing our overall consumption and therefore the overall amount of waste.
3S to Tackle Tyre Pollution
The replacement tyre industry in Malaysia is huge. A 2019 report, plus the experience of Kit Loong (commercial and passenger car divisions), suggests it is worth 8+ million pieces of PCR replacement tyres per year (10-11 million if you include OEM), 2-2.4 million pieces of new truck tyres and 1 million light truck tyres, plus 1.2 million retreads, and finally 1 million replacement motorcycle tyres (2 million per year in total with OEM).
Which is, quite frankly, a staggering amount.
The question being asked more and more is: ‘what happens to these tyres after they’ve reached the end of their life?’
But the actual question we should be asking is: ‘what are we doing to reduce the number of tyres we need to use in the first place?’
Once we reframe the question, there are a lot more factors we can bring into play that can assist in reducing our overall consumption and therefore the overall amount of waste. We call these 3R: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Some organisations and professional bodies have actually extrapolated as far as 8Rs, but let’s start with three.....
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马来西亚的轮胎替换行业是巨大的。一份 2019年的报告，加上吉隆（商用车及轿车部门）的经验显示，每年有8 万多条的轿车替换轮胎（如果包括原装配备，则有10-1，100 万条），2-240万条新卡车轮胎和100万条轻型卡车轮胎，加上120万条翻新轮胎，最后是100万条替换摩托车轮胎（每年总计200万条，包含原装配备）。