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Bridgestone rolls out FT492 trailer tire

September 5, 2019 by John Smith

Bridgestone Americas’ new Firestone FT492 trailer tire comes with a SmartWay stamp for fuel-efficiency, thanks in part to a low rolling resistance.

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Bridgestone expands Transforce to Class 4-5 sizes

August 6, 2019 by John Smith

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. has expanded its Firestone Transforce tire line to include sizes for Class 4-5 commercial trucks.

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Bridgestone unveils fuel-saving tire

April 22, 2019 by John Smith

Bridgestone Americas’ new R284 Ecopia steer tire has been unveiled with a SmartWay verification. Designed for longhaul and regional service, the tire is made of a tread compound that promotes long wear, and NanoPro-Tech polymer technology that promises to improve […]

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Bandag BRSS for on/off road

December 4, 2018 by John Smith

Bridgestone has unveiled the Bandag BRSS all-position retread for fleets working in on- and off-road environments from pavement to dirt and gravel. Meant for applications from logging to oil refining and construction, the tire features a 20/32-inch tread for extended […]

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Retread for refuse applications

November 15, 2018 by John Smith

Bridgestone has unveiled the Bandag BDM3 retread for the drive axle tires on refuse vehicles. Features include a new proprietary tread compound to resist wear, enhanced traction, and resistance to cuts and chips. The tread compound alone is said to […]

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Drive tire for high-scrub, high-traction needs

August 7, 2018 by John Smith

Bridgestone Americas has unveiled the Firestone FD711 drive tire to support high-scrub and high-traction applications. The latest offering delivers a solid grip, long wear, and enhanced retreading capabilities, the company says. It’s recommended for applications including long- and regional-haul service, pickup […]

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Second Time Around: Retreading is not just for big fleets

April 13, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — What do big fleets know about tires that many smaller fleets have yet to figure out? It’s that retreading works. The money that can be saved through retreading is staggering, yet many small fleets and owner-operators are not yet on board with a retreading program.

To be fair, there are a few hurdles smaller fleets need to overcome before a program can work as smoothly as it might for a large fleet, but questions can be answered by working closely with a dealer. There’s also the lingering negative perception about retreads, and of course there’s the cost. It’s not hard to find a new tire from some offshore suppliers selling products for less than the price of a retread.

It’s difficult to get an exact count of the number of retreaded tires sold in Canada, but Gerard Antle, business development manager at Atlantic Oliver Retread, in Dieppe, N.B., says about 160,000 retreads are sold each year in Atlantic Canada alone. Colin Rafferty, a corporate account manager at KalTire in Vernon, B.C., says his nine retread dealers across Canada produce about 350,000 retreads a year. And there are many more dealers producing many more retreads not accounted for in those numbers. In 2015, Heavy Duty Trucking and Modern Tire Dealer magazines produced a report based on fleet surveys that showed U.S. fleets of 100 trucks or more buy twice as many retreaded tires as new tires.

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Retread, and realize returns

February 13, 2018 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. — Tires are a fleet’s third-highest operating expense, just after wages and fuel. But while many fleet managers can tell you precisely how many drops of diesel they burn, tire life is often described in vague terms, says Lorenzo Borella, general manager of Montreal’s Système de rechapage RTS.

A closer look at the life of rolling rubber will identify just how quickly the rolling rubber is heading to the scrap heap, and stress the need to maximize the underlying investments.

Having a healthy casing retreaded, for example, can save as much as 50% compared to buying a new tire of the same brand and model. According to the Tire Retread Information Bureau, those savings add up to billions each year in the North American trucking industry, says Robert Palmer, director of market sales for Bridgestone Americas tire operations.

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Harmon president of GCR Tires and Services

October 11, 2017 by John Smith

NASHVILLE, TN – Bridgestone Americas has named Damien Harmon as the president of GCR Tires and Services, effective November 1.

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Severe-service Firestone tire

June 20, 2017 by John Smith

The new Firestone FS818 wide-base, all-position radial truck tire from Bridgestone is designed for the severe-service environments that come with on- and off-highway use.

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Bridgestone building SuperTire for SuperTruck II

January 6, 2017 by John Smith

NASHVILLE, TN — Engineers at Bridgestone are working to develop super-low-rolling-resistance tires for the next Cummins/Peterbilt SuperTruck project. The goal is a tire with a 30% reduction in RRC (Rolling Resistance Coefficient), which equates to a 6% improvement in fuel economy and still meets industry expectations for wear and retreadability.

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Bridgestone names Saoud new president

October 13, 2016 by John Smith

NASHVILLE, TN – Joseph Saoud, a 25-year sales and marketing veteran, has been named president of Bridgestone Americas’ commercial truck and bus tire business.

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New Bandag Drive Treads

June 22, 2016 by Rolf Lockwood

Bridgestone introduces the affordable Bandag DR 5.3 and DR 4.3 retreads for drive-axle applications

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Bridgestone Unveils All-Position Retread

June 7, 2016 by Rolf Lockwood

The new Bandag BRM3 retread is said to deliver improved traction and long wear life in refuse applications

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Tread Safely: Maximum speeds, inflation play roles in tire performance

May 31, 2016 John G. Smith

When it comes to vehicle safety, a lot of attention is being focused on the one truck component that actually touches the road. The Rubber Manufacturers Association proclaims the first week of June as Tire Safety Week. Days after this concludes, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance begins a special focus on tires as part of the annual Roadcheck inspection blitz.