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Maximum traction and ultimate comfort - Coach and bus operators get both with all-new Bandag BDR-C retread


Bandag, the leading manufacturer of retreads for a wide variety of applications is excited to announce the launch of a brand-new retread designed to boost performance, durability, comfort and safety. The all-new Bandag BDR-C retreads build on revolutionary tread technology and materials developed by Bridgestone, significantly extending the life and performance of fleet owners’ premium casings and in so doing, lowering their total cost per km.

Tyres represent a cost for any coach and bus operation not just in terms of initial outlay and maintenance, but also in terms of continuity of operations. The new Bandag BDR-C retread is not only built to extend the life of the new tyres but also to extend their performance, all year round! As such, the Bandag BDR-C delivers the reliable traction and predictable handling needed to ensure a safe and comfortable ride, whatever the road conditions.

Superb all-season traction 

The flagship Bandag retread for coach and bus applications, the Bandag BDR-C is M+S marked, designating the retread’s great traction in mud and fresh or melting snow. As such, the Bandag BDR-C not only ensures a longer life but also a broader operating range, thus delivering the same safe, sure and reliable handling you would expect from a premium Bandag retread in all road conditions.

Excellent resistance to irregular wear
The Bandag BDR-C’s advanced compound, the dedicated design and high level of manufacturing consistency drastically reduce the risk of irregular wear, extending tyre life even further. Indeed, the Bandag BDR-C integrates Bridgestone’s innovative Tie-Bar technology, which increases block stiffness, distributing pressure evenly while also ensuring maximum traction over the entire contact patch.

Harald Van Ooteghem, Senior Manager Truck & Bus Tyres Category Management: “Bandag is all about helping our customers get the most out of their tyres, so they can get the most out of their fleets and their business. In that sense, extending tyre life is just a small part of the puzzle. By delivering great traction, even in wintery conditions, along with smooth, quiet, stable performance, the new Bandag BDR-C retread helps to improve safety and driver and passenger comfort, and thus help ensure the continuity of operations. Which adds up to even greater cost savings. It’s in the details that Bandag makes a difference!”

Total Tyre Life 
The Bandag BDR-C retread fits seamlessly within Bridgestone’s Total Tyre Life: designed to help fleet operators, maximise their return on investment and lower the total cost per km, Total Tyre Life matches premium quality tyres, robust casings and first-class retreads that take your tyres and your business further. Visit for more information.

The Bandag BDR-C retreads will be available for fitment on Bridgestone and other premium tyre casings in sizes 11R22.5, 12R22.5, 315/80R22.5, 295/80R22.5, 275/70R22.5, 305/70R22.5, 315/70R22.5, 245/70R19.5, 265/70R19.5, 305/70R19.5 as of November 2015.

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Media information: C. Hensley: +32 475 97 63 07

About Bridgestone Europe
Bridgestone Europe (BSEU), with European headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, is a key regional subsidiary of Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of tyres and other rubber products. Bridgestone Europe operates an R&D center, 9 plants and offices in more than 30 European countries, with 12,500 employees. BSEU’s premium tyres are sold both within Europe and globally.

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