Tyre sealant comes to Ethiopia

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Tyre Protector Ethiopia Plc, a franchise company of a British based Tyre Protector International, has introduced the latest technology for wheels.
The Addis Ababa bus station was the site of a demonstration of Tyre Protector on August 2. Plans are to promote the product to public transportation operators.
Tyre Protector, is a liquid (gel) puncture sealant that is injected into tubeless, pneumatic tyres. It offers permanent guaranteed puncture protection for the life of the tyre.
When a tyre that has been treated with Tyre Protector encounters a puncture, air pressure inside the tyre forces Tyre Protector into the wound forming an instant and permanent repair.tyre
It takes only a small amount of Tyre Protector Sealant to repair a puncture and there is sufficient material left inside the tyre to remain effective against other punctures.
According to the company representatives, the sealant, which remains in its gel like state for the life of the tyre, is professionally installed into the tyre through the valve stem after the removal of the valve core.
As the tyre rotates, centrifugal force evenly spreads Tyre Protector over the entirety of the internal tread area, coating the area with a minimum 2mm coating of sealant. The coating repairs leaks immediately a penetration occurs as thousands of strong interlocking fibres react instantly sealing around the puncturing object thus preventing loss of air.
Tyre Protector lasts for the life of the tyre and the solution remains in its gel like state for the life of the tyre, continually offering protection against punctures
According to Major General Bacha Debele, head of the Ethiopian company they want to introduce the product to the local transport industry because it will have an economical and social benefit.
Sammy Million, a former staff of Tyre Protector International and Operation Manger of Tyre Protector Ethiopia Plc, said that since the product was introduced in 2005 it has gotten rave reviews.
“Currently the product is available in over 85 countries including seven African ones,” Sammy added.
The head and the operation manager explained the product’s benefits and answered questions from potential customers. A practical demonstration was also conducted on the company’s own van and bus.
According to the company’s representatives Tyre Protector is a laboratory tested and road proven thixotropic tyre sealant, which instantly and permanently seals punctures in the tread area caused by puncturing objects up to (6mm) in car tyres and (12mm) in commercial vehicle tyres.
The product is environmentally friendly since the ingredients in Tyre Protector are non-hazardous, non-toxic and biodegradable. It is fully water soluble.
This extends the life of wheels which contributes to safety by reducing blown tyres.
“It will significantly impact the amount of hard currency spent on tyres,” Bacha said.
“This could reduce tyre imports by 75 percent because the wheels that use the new product will last longer,” he added. It will also reduce tyre maintenance cost.
Sammy said that the price of tyres has been significantly increasing.
He said that Tyre Protector, imported from Britain, can be used for all types of tubeless tyres including heavy duty trucks, military vehicles, construction machines and small automobiles.
“The price of heavy duty tyres that is used by construction companies for mega projects or cement factories has reached USD 50,000 and the maintenance cost is also very high but there is a solution,” Sammy added.
Bacha said that his plans to reach out to transportation companies in the near future, right now it is undergoing tests on the public service buses of Oromia region that is expected to apply the product on all buses in the coming couple of weeks.
He added that Trans Ethiopia, which manages cargo trucks, will use the product starting next week.
The company plans to fill the gel for up to 30,000 trucks in the coming six months.
“Our main target is to fill the gel on heavy duty trucks since the price of tyres for the so called yellow machines is up by 300 percent,” Sammy added.
The number of vehicles are increasing by about 30 percent per year. At the same time wheel imports have skyrocketed. According to a TechSci Research report in February 2017, Ethiopian tyre imports have been rapidly increasing and by 2022 forecasts are that the country will allocate over USD 180 million for tyre imports. The company plans to train tyre fillers.
According to the company officials, since we are regional agents of a British company we are considered to be a local company.