SmartWay program setting retread standards

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FULLERTON, Cal. — The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a SmartWay verification program for retreads, and will use Yokohama’s RY617 as the benchmark casing for the program.

Yokohama announced it is pleased its retread was selected by EPA as the benchmark casing.

“We are excited that the EPA has designated the RY617 steer and all-position tire for their verification program as the benchmark casing for retread technologies,” said Rick Phillips, Yokohama director of commercial sales. “That means all retread solutions will be measured against a target number for rolling resistance on our casing. This is an important and necessary initiative by the EPA to incorporate retreading into the SmartWay program. It has been instrumental in helping the trucking industry become more fuel efficient and we are very glad to have our casing represent the benchmark.”

The RY617 will be used to benchmark all treads with conventional width tires used in a dual configuration, the EPA has announced.

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