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Bridgestone introduces lower rolling resistance retread

Oct. 28, 2020
The Bandag MaxTread FuelTech Drive retread is designed to lower rolling resistance for fleets operating in truckload and less-than-truckload applications.

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (Bridgestone) announced the newest addition to its existing Bandag MaxTread line, the FuelTech Drive retread for the drive wheel position. The MaxTread FuelTech Drive is a SmartWay-verified, closed-shoulder retread engineered for fleets operating in over-the-road hauling services. Utilizing a special tread compound to lower rolling resistance and deliver excellent mileage performance, this retread is also California Air Resources Board (CARB) compliant.

“The new MaxTread FuelTech Drive retread is a fuel-efficient tire solution that maximizes mileage and performance,” said Keith Iwinski, director of marketing, Bandag, U.S. and Canada, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “Ideal for fleets operating in truckload and less-than-truckload applications, this drive tire position retread delivers reliable and sustainable tire performance positively impacting a fleet’s bottom line.”

The MaxTread FuelTech Drive tire is engineered to reduce energy loss, lowering rolling resistance for optimum fuel efficiency. The tire is designed for long, even tread wear with advanced technology that controls the movement of the tire’s ribs and tread blocks during rotation. The MaxTread FuelTech Drive tire also provides multiple gripping edges and a siped tread design to provide trusted traction on wet and dry surfaces.

Earlier this year, Bridgestone introduced the Bandag MaxTread line designed to deliver reliability comparable to new tires1, featuring quality Bandag retreads as a standalone, single unit tire solution, rather than a traditional tire cap and casing offering. The line includes trailer, drive, and all-position fitments for light truck, waste, long haul, severe service, and pickup and delivery applications.

The Bandag MaxTread line includes nine Bandag retread patterns outlined below:

  • Drive position: BDM, BDLT, BDV, DR5.3, DR4.3, FuelTech Drive
  • Trailer position: TR4.1, Eclipse SST
  • All-position: BRM

Each Bandag MaxTread tire is locally retreaded and backed by a lifetime limited warranty featuring 100 percent coverage for the life of the tread2.

[1] Golden, J.S., Handfield, R., Daystar, J. and, J. Woodrooffe (2018). Retread Tires in the United States & Canada: An Analysis of the Economic & Environmental Benefits for Fleet Operators and the U.S. Government.
[2] Conditions apply. Visit for warranty details.