Bandag is marking its 60th anniversary with the launch of a new global campaign that aims to “reinvigorate the retread category.” The retreading specialist, which has been a business of Bridgestone Americas and part of Bridgestone Corporation since 2007, is introducing its “Built for Better” platform to unite the Bandag brand globally and to position retreads as an “innovative, sustainable business solution for fleet customers of any size.”
A new Bandag retread has been introduced to cater to construction, civil engineering and other on/off applications across a wide range of surface and weather conditions. The M-Drive 001 tread is based upon the Bridgestone M-Drive 001 drive-axle tyre and is M+S marked. The tread can be obtained in sizes 13R22.5, 295/80R22.5 and 315/80R22.5, a portfolio that covers the most frequently-encountered on/off vehicles on the market.
Bridgestone Europe has released an all-new Bandag tread for winter use. The Bandag BDR-WXT drive regional tread is Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) and M+S marked in recognition of its suitability in extreme, even Nordic winter conditions.
Bridgestone introduced a further addition to its service portfolio for commercial vehicle operators at last month’s Reifen trade show in Germany – ‘The Bandag Contract of Trust.’ The tyre maker says this latest offers has been launched in order reassure fleets that Bandag retreaded tyres are not only a safe and reliable alternative to a new set of tyres, but also a solution for reducing fleets’ tyre related costs per kilometre. The Bandag Contract of Trust between Bandag dealers and fleet operators is being progressively rolled out across Europe and applies to tyres retreaded from both Bridgestone and Firestone casings.
With the intention of increasing commercial fleets’ trust in retreaded tyres, Bridgestone has introduced ‘The Bandag Contract of Trust’. The guarantee aims to reassure fleets that Bandag retreads are a safe and reliable alternative to a new set of tyres, as well as a solution for reducing fleets’ tyre related costs per kilometre, Bridgestone states. The proposition applies also to retreads made from Bridgestone and Firestone tyre casings. Their retreadability by Bandag is also guaranteed.
Bandag has added 3 new sizes to its range of retreads for city bus and coach applications. The Bandag U-AP 001 city bus retread is now available in size 245/70R19.5 and the Bandag BDR-C coach retread, in sizes 245/70R19.5 and 295/80R22.5. As a result of the range extension, the Bandag urban and coach line-up now covers most common premium casing sizes on the market.
Bridgestone has acquired a majority shareholding in Slovakian tyre retailer and retreader A.R.S. spol sro. The Japanese tyre major hasn’t disclosed how much it paid for its shareholding or what the post-transaction ownership structure of A.R.S. looks like, however it states that the deal will “guarantee the stable growth of A.R.S. and will give customers access to best quality products and highest level of services.” The former Michelin strategic partner’s eight service locations will now be rebranded under the ‘Bridgestone Partner’ name and its retreading operation joins Bridgestone’s Bandag network.
Bridgestone says its Lincolnshire retreading facility played “a huge role” in its latest fleet contract win. Leading haulage company Maxi Haulage agreed the fleet deal with the tyre manufacturer, coinciding with the 10 year anniversary of Bridgestone’s acquisition of Bulldog in Bourne, which boasts an output of roughly 50:50 mould cure to pre-cure. As a result of this ratio, the company says the operation stands out in the historically mould cure dominated UK retreading market.
10 years after Bridgestone bought Bulldog, the retreading market is a different place. A decade ago passenger car retreading was still going on (albeit some way from its peak). At the same Chinese tyres were present, but in nowhere near the current quantities – and in some cases they were being sold at the same or higher prices they are now. On top of this many more retreading operations were running than there are today.
Bridgestone Australia’s Bandag Manufacturing retreading operation has completed the first part of a project that will enable its Wacol plant in Brisbane to harvest and store more than one million litres of rainwater. Bandag added 13 new rainwater tanks to its existing harvesting capabilities at the end of August, enabling the business to collect and store an extra 610,000 litres of water. Stage two will be completed in the coming months and will take Bandag’s total rainwater storage capacity to 1,100,000 litres.
It’s now been about 18 months since Bridgestone launched its new U-AP 001 all-position truck tyre, and this line-up has now been joined by corresponding Bandag treads. Bridgestone says this new range of urban-application Bandage retreads “fits seamlessly” within the company’s Total Tyre Life offer and is available in sizes to match the Bridgestone U-AP 001 as well as for other brand casings.
The Bandag operation in Australia reports its receipt of an Environmental Innovation award at this year’s Queensland Bus Industry Council (QBIC) annual conference. The QBIC bestowed this honour upon Bandag Manufacturing Pty Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bridgestone Australia, in recognition of its investment in green initiatives. The company has implemented a variety of measures at its manufacturing facility in Wacol, including rainwater harvesting, a gas boiler burner upgrade and low energy LED lighting.
Wacol, in the outer suburbs of Brisbane, is in a region of Australia that enjoys more than 260 days of full or partial sunshine a year. It is also home to Bridgestone’s sole manufacturing facility in the country, the retreading plant operated by Bridgestone Australia subsidiary Bandag Manufacturing Pty Ltd. Bridgestone reports it is now utilising the sunshine in Wacol at the facility following the installation of two 100 kilowatt solar power systems.
It’s been half a century since the founding of leading retreading materials provider Kraiburg Austria. At a celebration marking 50 years in the business in early June, the Geretsberg, Austria-based company looked back upon a “colourful and varied history.” It’s a history that wouldn’t have been such a successful one had the company not enjoyed the continued and full support of founding and owner family Schmidt and the entire workforce at the Geretsberg site. Fifty years of Kraiburg Austria – it is a success story with a bright future, and at the company’s golden jubilee celebration this was shared with around 100 political, business, industry and media representatives.