Bridgestone introduces new retread for delivery applications


Bridgestone introduced  a new BDR-AD3 retread for last-mile  (LMD) and package and delivery (P&D) applications. 

"We are thrilled to add the new BDR-AS3 to Bridgestone's full portfolio of Bandag retreads," says Steve Hoeft, president of the commercial truck group, Bridgestone Americas. "The P&D and LMD segments are a vital component to the supply chain and require a unique tread product to stay on the roads, with substantial improvements in runout and cost per mile. The BDR-AS3 meets the needs of these applications with its durable and dependable design."

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The BRD-AS3 features a non-directional tread pattern to keep trucks on the road longer. It has a 22/32nd tread design that delivers an 18% improvement in wear over the Bandag BRD-AS, Bridgestone says. The tire is 3-Peak Mountain Snowflake certified with a traction index that is 73% higher than the required certification and features 3D siping for traction in all weather.

Bandag has more than 200 franchise dealers producing retread tires across North America, with more than 2,500 points of service in the U.S. Bridgestone recently expanded it's Abilene, Texas, retread manufacturing plant to 50,000 square feet with a $60 million investment. That includes an immediate increase in operational activity with six- and seven-day production schedules. 

Bridgetstone also recently introduced a Bandag Virtual Plant Tour, a step-by-step walkthrough of Bandag's retreading process for customers who are unable to visit a facility in person. 

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