Goodyear Dunlop Truck Tyres labelled
Just days after the company announced that its passenger car tyre ranges have been successfully labelled according to the forthcoming European legislation, Goodyear Dunlop has announced that it has completed the testing of some 500 different truck tyres, covering 16 tyre types in over 55 different sizes, ensuring that these are ready to meet the rules that come into force 1 November 2012.
The testing was carried out at the Goodyear Innovation Center in Luxemburg, which is the company’s main tyre and design development facility in the region, and directly connected to one of the company’s main truck tyre production centres.
“We are enthusiastic about the arrival of the label because it will be another confirmation that our tyres deliver on what we build – fuel efficiency without compromising on safety”, said Boris Stevanovic, marketing director Truck Tyres, Goodyear Dunlop EMEA. “With rising fuel prices in Europe being a continuing concern, we have focused on delivering an increasing range of products that have a low rolling resistance, enabling trucks to actively reduce the fuel they consume thanks to the tyres. With rolling resistance and wet grip being key criteria for the label, we are confident that the official European label will reflect our ability to deliver in these areas.”
According to the company, the labelling tests on Goodyear Dunlop’s tyre ranges also enabled engineers to re-affirm many of the 50 criteria the company tests its tyres on, including mileage, durability, endurance, dry and wet handling and traction. Although the company fully supports the arrival of the new European label, it will also continue to communicate on the other criteria on which it tests its tyres – just as it plans to do with its passenger car products.
“Dry handling, endurance and durability, traction, braking on snow and ice, and not least mileage are other criteria that play critical roles in the safety and economic performance of a truck or bus tyre. It is our ultimate goal to offer tyres that deliver high marks on the label, and we are working towards that goal, but we will not market any product unless we are satisfied that it does not compromise on any aspect related to safety or economy,” Stevanovic, added.
Goodyear Dunlop will be implementing the required labelling as of 30 May. After November label information will be on all tyres’ technical promotional material and on the Internet in accordance with EU requirements.