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Bridgestone Bandag introduces trailer-axle tread

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Bridgestone Bandag introduces trailer-axle tread

Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions (BBTS) is introducing a premium Bandag trailer tire tread design, the R197. The precure tread is the latest from Bandag, which introduced a drive tire tread pattern earlier this month (see "Bridgestone Bandag introduces drive-axle tread").

The new offering is patterned after the Bridgestone R197 trailer radial that was introduced May 18, 2010.

“It’s the first time BBTS has launched a Bridgestone new tire and Bandag companion retread,” says Chris Hoffman, manager of radial truck and bus tires and retread product marketing. "Many fleet customers tell us they are looking for a seamless choice of new tires and retread designs."

The B197 tread combines "innovative compounding" and a classic, straight-rib tread design, according to the company. It is Bridgestone Bandag’s longest-wearing 11/32-inch depth product.

The Bandag B197 is available from Bandag dealers in sizes that fit most trailer tire casings:

1. 210mm,

2. 220mm, and

3. 230mm.

Bridgestone Bandag is a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC. For more information on the B197 tread or the company, visit

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