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Representatives of seven of South Africa’s leading tyre repair specialists and TDAFA director Hedley Judd met recently to develop a new approach to uplifting the industry’s technical knowledge concerning tyre repair.
The group shared technical know-how regarding the repair of tyres, including the restoration of sidewall penetration damage which was previously considered taboo.
Says Judd: “It was a very productive meeting, with everyone participating vigorously to flesh out basic requirements for a Minimum Standards Specification currently being developed by a Technical Sub-Committee of the SABS.”
Items of interest included discussions related to certification and qualification of tyre repair products, processes or people and the complexity of tyre repair. The meeting concluded with an agreement to collate common data and meet again to forge the next step in the process of guiding the SABS Committee.
“The group was adamant that standards could be improved only through joint effort and frequent discussion. What that commitment means for the industry as a whole is that minimum standards can potentially be agreed, published and adopted in a much shorter space of time than originally envisaged.”
Present at the meeting were: Derek Myers, Rema Tip Top; Richard Day, Tech; Brendan van Niekerk, Chemvulc; Danny Kirsten, Patch Tech; Harald Lehnert, Vulcan Tyres; Stephen Norris, Bridgestone; Morne Goosen, Vipal Products and Hedley Judd, TDAFA.