Monday, June 27, 2016

Bridgestone Introduces Two New Bandag Retreads

Bridgestone Americas has released two new Bandag retreads for drive applications – the Bandag DR 5.3 and DR 4.3.
“Bandag leads the market with high quality retreads that focus on delivering the lowest cost per mile to our fleet customers through the use of advanced compounds and tread design technology,” said Ben Rosenblum, director of Bandag marketing for Bridgestone’s commercial group. “With the launch of DR 5.3 and DR 4.3, along with the TR 4.1 trailer pattern introduced late last year, we’ve delivered a compelling balance of performance and affordability, all manufactured with a high quality retread process that has been a hallmark of Bandag for nearly 60 years.”

Ideal for truckload, less-than-truckload and pick-up and delivery fleets, the new retreads combine tough compounds and designs to offer longevity and value, Bridgestone said.
The Bandag DR 5.3 closed-shoulder drive pattern for over-the-road applications features a robust, solid shoulder for long tread life and uniform wear, an aggressive lug pattern for strong traction and stone rejecters.
The Bandag DR 4.3 open-shoulder drive pattern for a variety of on and mild off-road applications features a wide center rib for stability and even wear and an open shoulder that provides strong evacuation and traction in tough weather conditions, plus a strong grip for chains, the tiremaker said.

The DR 5.3 and DR 4.3 retreads are now available through Bandag dealers in North America in common casing sizes used in truckload, LTL and P&D services.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Toyo Supports Initiative for Sustainable Natural Rubber

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. has announced it will voluntarily support and participate in the Sustainable Natural Rubber Initiative (SNR-i), an International Rubber Study Group (“IRSG”) effort to ensure the sustainability of natural rubber as a resource.
Toyo said its participation in SNR-i will strengthen the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives across the entire supply chain while helping to achieve a sustainable natural rubber economy.

IRSG’s initiative establishes the five guidelines for the natural rubber supply chain from production to consumption. The guidelines include:
1.  Supporting improvement of productivity
2.  Enhancing natural rubber quality
3.  Supporting forest sustainability
4.  Water management
5.  Respect for human and labor rights

Toyo said in a press release that the Toyo Tires Group has established “Collaboration with business partners” as a priority theme of its CSR policy. Additionally, the tiremaker created the “Toyo Tires Group CSR Procurement Guidelines.”

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Do Low Profile Tires Have a Harsh Ride?

In most cases, the larger diameter tires have shorter sidewalls and are referred to as lower profile tires. These tires can have a firmer ride as a result of less sidewall cushioning. However, in many cases, this can be minimized by choosing a tire with a softer ride, such as an all-season tire or touring tire. 

For example, a 2008 BMW 335i owner may have a vehicle that comes equipped with the 225/40R18 size in the front and 255/35R18 rear performance tires. This driver then upgrades to a 19" staggered set-up and now uses 235/35R19 fronts and 265/30R19 rears. If the driver chooses a similar summer performance tire, such as the top-rated Michelin Pilot Super Sport, the ride may be a bit stiffer due to having a lower profile tire. If the driver is willing to give up some handling and grip for a tire with a softer ride, he/she could use an all-season tire such as the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

If you're afraid of losing ride quality when going to larger diameter wheels, check first to see if there are tire options that will alleviate that concern.