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    Bridgestone expands Transforce to Class 4-5 sizes

    August 6, 2019 12:00AM by John G 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 drive tire

    August 7, 2018 3:39PM by John G 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 12:00AM by Jim Park

    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 12:00AM by Eric Berard

    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 12, 2017 12:00AM by John G Smith

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

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    Bridgestone building SuperTire for SuperTruck II

    January 7, 2017 12:00AM by Jim Park

    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 12:00AM by John G 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.

  • Blog Uncategorized

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

    June 1, 2016 12:00AM by 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.

  • Bridgestone Commercial Gets New Sales VP

    September 2, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    NASHVILLE, TN — Bridgestone Commercial Group has hired a PepsiCo Inc. veteran as its vice president of sales for the company’s truck, bus and retread tire business.

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    Bridgestone Americas breaks ground for new headquarters

    January 8, 2015 12:00AM by Allan

    NASHVILLE, TN – New 30-story tower for 1,700 employees to be located in SoBro Area of downtown Nashville.

  • FUEL-ECONOMY GUIDE

    October 30, 2014 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions
    Releases New Fuel Economy Guide

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    Volvo Mack make Bridgestone tires standard

    August 1, 2014 12:00AM by Martin Smith

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Volvo Trucks North America recently selected the Bridgestone R287 as the standard position steer tire for the VN and Volvo VT series of highway trucks.

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    FUEL ECONOMY GUIDE

    August 1, 2014 12:00AM by Martin Smith

    Bridgestone has published the 4th guide in its series on tire and truck fuel economy