Friday 18 September 2020

Bridgestone breaks the mould with latest tyre launches

Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone has outlined several of the new products and solutions which it says are helping to keep its commercial fleet customers on the road.

A number of commercial tyres have been unveiled to the market in recent months,  says the company, with high performance and lower CO2 emissions at the heart of their design.

Unveiled in June 2020, the Duravis All Season is aimed at the light truck segment and is designed with both small and large fleet operations in mind. It is said to be ideal for those keen to maximise their business efficiency and stay in control with the same tyres throughout the year.

Achieving an EU label A-grade in wet grip, the product allows fleets to keep going even in adverse weather conditions, says Bridgestone, through high-volume slots in its shoulder for improved water evacuation and an optimised contact pressure distribution. This latter design feature also improves the tyre’s snow and wear performance.

Meanwhile, the new Ecopia H002 achieves optimum fuel efficiency through an EU label A-A-A grade combination in steer, drive and trailer.

“By using new Ecopia tyres on steer, drive, trailer axles, an average long haul fleet would be able to make more than a €200,000 saving per year on fuel costs and reduce their CO2 emissions by 546 tonnes per year,” said Bridgestone.

Also available is the Duravis R002.

Developed and tested in partnership with 17 fleets across 13 countries and a wide variety of operation conditions, the latest generation of Bridgestone Duravis tyres is designed for the versatility segment, says Bridgestone.

The Duravis R002 offers a boosted wear life that is up to 45 per cent improved on its predecessor, says the firm, and a cost per kilometre that is reduced by 15 per cent (average steer, drive and trailer). The new Duravis also provides optimised fuel efficiency, with a B-C-B combination in steer, drive and trailer.

The manufacturer additionally highlights its continued investment in its retread products, at a time when the market has rarely been more relevant.

“With commercial businesses looking for sustainable solutions and fleets placing a heavier emphasis on being ‘greener’, the Bandag retread franchise assists hugely in the move towards the lowest total cost of ownership of product,” said the company.

“In this regard, Bridgestone is fully committed, while a sustainable future fits with its company ethos, where retread is a core environmental policy.”

The company cites the acquisition of Webfleet Solutions in 2019 as an example of its ongoing commitment to make fleet operations more effective and efficient.

“Bridgestone is continuing its transformation journey from tyre producer to mobility solutions leader courtesy of Webfleet Solutions, formerly known as TomTom Telematics,” said Bridgestone.

“With demand for fleet-based mobility growing year-on-year, fleet managers need more than ever before a reliable and innovative partner to help them maximise their effectiveness and efficiency through increased productivity and minimised total cost of ownership.

“Webfleet Solutions allows business processes to be streamlined with seamlessly connected, end-to-end systems, including integrations with applications ranging from transport management systems and on-board cameras, to mileage, route optimisation and HGV specific navigation.”

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