How Car Tyres Are Made
For many, tyres are simply seen as the rubber component that connects our cars with the road. In fact, tyres are a key feature in ensuring your car’s safety and performance, with a complex manufacturing process to ensure they provide every car with suitable traction, grip, and overall safety when driving.
Here at Munster Tyres, we’ve explained the basic process behind the manufacture of your car’s tyres.
A tyre’s rubber blend can be made of up to 30 components, from layers of strong composite fabric and natural and synthetic rubber coatings to improve it’s ability to hold the air inside.
The blend is mixed together in a huge mixer called a Banbury mixer, which blends the rubber to form a gum-like consistency, which is then sent on for milling.
The mill is where all components of the tyre are formed and coated, whilst the rubber blend is cut into strips to form the skeleton of the tyre. Another component formed here are beads, a high strength steel coated in rubber to provide the tyre with added strength and durability, and to help the tyre attach to the wheel.
The tyre is actually built inside an aptly named Tyre Building Machine. The components are placed inside from the inner out, and the machine then ‘presses’ the tyre together, ensuring all parts are correctly installed. The finished result is known as a green tyre, as it still needs to be cured and currently has no tread marks.
The final process in the manufacture of a tyre is to cure it. The tyre is placed inside the curing machine in which hot moulds compress the tyre to form it’s final shape complete with the tread and sidewall marks. The tread is a vital part of the car for providing the tyre with performance and safety qualities, and are moulded to the tyre by heating it to 149 degree Celsius to bond all the components.
Here at Munster Tyres, we know that finding the right type of tyre to suit your driving conditions is important for achieving top performance in your vehicle. We offer a range of tyre fitting services to suit everyone’s needs, combining years of experience with competitive prices. Get in touch with us today to discuss your tyre replacement or refitting needs, and our friendly team will be happy to help!