Bridgestone Americas Off Road Tire Launches New DuraLoad Large Wheel Loader Tire Line in North American Market


March 31, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 23, 2011) – Bridgestone Americas Off Road Tire, a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC, has developed an enhanced  line of large loader tires for the mining, quarry and coal industries in North America.                                                    

The 45/65-45 DuraLoad off road tire features a new, flatter crown radius for larger, more even footprint pressure and less heat generation leading to longer tire life. The new DuraLoad tire’s innovative design allows for easier mounting and includes shoulder tie bars. 

“We were targeting enhanced durability and reduced heat generation while incorporating new designs and construction types during the creation of the next generation of large and giant loader tires,” said Shawn Rasey, President, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Off Road division.  “We feel that we have accomplished that with the new DuraLoad tire, making L-4, L-5 and L5S designs available to fit the needs of most loader operations both with and without chains.”

The new DuraLoad, designed to optimize traction and wear life, will be available in both L4 and L5 designs, beginning with the 45/65-45 L5 NS, starting the second quarter of 2011. It will be on display beginning March 22, 2011, in the Bridgestone booth #2501-North Hall at CONEXPO-CON/AGG in Las Vegas.

About Off Road Tire, U.S. & Canada Commercial Tire Sales division, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations

Off Road Tire, U.S. & Canada Tire Sales division (BAOR), Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, manufactures, markets and sells off road (OTR) tires used in heavy duty applications for construction, mining, aggregates and industrial operations. Today, BAOR is a significant supplier to most original equipment manufacturers as well as most major global mining and construction companies, supplying nearly 40 percent of the domestic replacement and original equipment markets. BAOR offers the industry’s most comprehensive selection of radial and bias OTR products, including retread tires manufactured with Continuum tread rubber; a dedicated sales and engineering staff; sales and distribution through 1,000 dealers as well as the company’s commercial outlets; and the proprietary software, TreadStat Tire and Rim Management System.

About Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations:

Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) is a business unit of Bridgestone Americas, Inc., whose parent company, Bridgestone Corporation, is the world’s largest tire and rubber company. Reporting into the BATO business unit are the company’s Latin American tire operations, the U.S. and Canadian consumer tire businesses and the U.S. and Canadian commercial tire businesses. BATO develops, manufactures and markets Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires. The business unit is focused on retail, wholesale and original equipment markets, supplying passenger, light truck, commercial vehicle, off road, motorcycle, agricultural and other tires to its customers in the Americas. In addition, through its Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions unit, retreading customers have access to industry-leading research and development, manufacturing, marketing, and sales expertise, providing them with a total tire solution.

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