Bridgestone Ireland believes that its comprehensive range of truck and bus tyres, its quality Bridgestone Partner network of key dealers, and the provision of a range of key fleet services are the reasons it holds a strong market leading position.
“Bridgestone has always been acknowledged as a leader in commercial tyre technology, but in more recent times we have complemented this with a strong fleet service offering,” says Conor Curran, commercial products, Bridgestone Ireland.
Bridgestone’s fleet services now include fleet tyre checks and management, local and international tyre breakdown service, cost per kilometre contracts and centralised administration and billing.
“Our key dealer network which operates under the Bridgestone Partner banner also allows us to provide a quality service throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe,” added Curran.
Bridgestone says it is now also pioneering digital fleet management solutions for commercial vehicle operators.
Bridgestone’s range of truck tyres cover every tyre application for almost every commercial transport possibility. In the last few years, Bridgestone has strengthened this further with its new Duravis range of truck tyres and Ecopia range and is now also promoting the Bandag range of retreads in Ireland.
Bridgestone has recently introduced its new ultra-durable Duravis R002 tyres for fleet vehicles. The Duravis R002 is designed to help fleets lower their operational costs by significantly reducing cost per kilometre through outstanding wear performance and optimised fuel efficiency.
Designed for the versatility segment, the new tyres are available to all types of on-road fleet operation and deliver outstanding wet grip.
Today, increasing demands on the transportation industry mean that fleet owners and managers need to maximise their productivity and minimise operational costs more than ever.
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 have been designed to meet these requirements in order to best serve fleet customers.
According to Bridgestone, the Duravis R002 offers a boosted wear life that is up to 45 per cent improved on its predecessor1 and a cost per kilometre that is reduced by 15 per cent vs predecessor (average steer, drive and trailer). And for savings not only in terms of cost, but also CO2 output, the new Duravis provides optimised fuel efficiency, with a B-C-B combination in steer, drive and trailer.
The Duravis R002 are multipurpose tyres for all types of on-road fleet vehicles operating in a wide range of applications, ranging from highway driving to regional roads. Arriving with a best-in-class ‘A’ grade on steer in wet grip – and winter ready, with 3PSFM and M+S markings on steer, drive and trailer – the Duravis R002 offers outstanding wet grip and a year-round performance.
Curran adds: “Fleets are facing more challenges than ever before, and Bridgestone has a responsibility to help our customers overcome them. Tyre wear is one of the biggest concerns for fleets wanting to avoid additional costs. With its exceptional performance, our new Duravis R002 tyre helps them to lower their operational cost.”
Engineered for the future of logistics
As with all new Bridgestone truck and bus tyres, Duravis R002 tyres will be supplied with electronic tagging system RFID (radio-frequency identification). With RFID, fleet customers enhance the traceability of their tyre casings, which ultimately helps to optimise their total cost of ownership.
The RFID-enabled Duravis R002 tyres are able to work seamlessly with Bridgestone’s customisable tyre management and maintenance service package, Total Tyre Care, to bring significant value to fleets.
All the key sizes in a comprehensive range of the Duravis R002 are currently available from Bridgestone’s tyre dealer partners in Ireland. The new Duravis R002 will also simplify Bridgestone’s line-up in the versatility segment by replacing all current products.
Developed and produced in Europe, the new tyres mark a combination of a new innovative pattern concept and compound, and a newly improved manufacturing process.
The Duravis R002 tyres are to be fitted as original equipment on leading vehicle manufacturers, such as MAN, Scania, Daimler, Volvo, Renault, and Iveco, after a thorough homologation testing.
Bridgestone’s Ecopia Range
Applying advanced eco-friendly compound technologies to truck tyres Bridgestone has been successful in selling its range of Ecopia truck tyres in the UK and Ireland.
Ecopia truck tyres run with lower rolling resistance than Bridgestone’s standard patterns, thereby reducing fuel consumption and carbon emissions. The added value for operators is that this has been achieved without sacrificing Bridgestone’s high performance levels of durability, irregular wear and wet safety.
The line-up consists of steer tyre HS001 Ecopia with drive tyre HD001 Ecopia, and the trailer tyre HT001 Ecopia.
HT001 Ecopia patterns are also available as pre-cured retreads designed to provide similar mileage and rolling resistance performance as new Ecopia tyres when a Bridgestone Ecopia casing is used.
The core technology applied is Bridgestone’s new cap and sidewall compound which lowers the rolling resistance coefficient.
The Ecopia tyres also feature Bridgestone’s proprietary Nano-Pro Tech compound, which lowers the rolling resistance coefficient by reducing energy loss in the top compound during rotation.
Bridgestone Ireland is running a number of fleets on 100 per cent Bridgestone Ecopia.
To provide a comprehensive choice of tyre solutions Bridgestone now offers a full line-up of cold retreads that are manufactured with Bridgestone-developed and produced pre-cured treads (PCT).
The use of Bridgestone’s new tyre compounds and the very strict quality control procedures ensure that fleets can count on “as new” performance with total peace of mind.
Orders for Bridgestone retreads are received and processed through the same channels as for new tyres. The product range includes tread patterns: M729evo, R168, M840, and the W990.
The product range now covers all market segments with a range of 16 different products.
Bridgestone Europe has certified 25 retreaders as official Bridgestone Retread Partners. Thanks to this organisation, today almost every fleet in almost every European country can profit from the qualities of Bridgestone retreads.
The wide range of available tread patterns covers all typical applications and axle positions on passenger transport, heavy goods transport and construction vehicles.
Continuous adaptation and renewal of the product line-up guarantees that even the latest generation of Bridgestone new tyre patterns are available as Bridgestone retread products.
Bridgestone retreads provide great value for money at a very favourable cost/benefits ratio. With a longer life than most other retread tyres available on the market, Bridgestone retread tyres deliver higher mileage and lower cost per kilometre to fleets.
They offer excellent technical performance such as wet handling, road stability, traction, cornering and braking power.