Yokohama to debut commercial truck tire at TMC event

Jan. 31, 2007

Looking to protect the environment by producing truck tires that will last longer and be more fuel efficient, Yokohama Tire Corp. is launching the 703ZL tire at the upcoming Technology & Maintenance Council's (TMC) annual meeting and trade show running Feb. 6-8 at the Tampa (Fla.) Convention Center.

The 703ZL is part of Yokohama's Z.environment line, which uses high technology to make tires that cause less of an environmental impact.

"The Z.environment tire line incorporates optimum tread designs, compounds and casing design to create a tire that has longer first tread life, longer casing life and low rolling resistance," says John Cooney, Yokohama's director of commercial sales. "These features result in reduced material consumption, reduced pollution and contribute to the health of our environment."

According to Cooney, the new, ultra-long mileage 703ZL tire features the deepest tread in the industry -– one full inch –- with the lowest rolling resistance in its category. It also has more rubber on the outside rib, translating to more road miles.

Other features include an optimum rubber compound for high mileage and improved cut- and chipping-resistance; a funnel-shaped groove wall that is wider at the top for enhanced traction, yet narrows at the bottom to prevent stones and other road debris from traveling to the bottom; and a new base compound that significantly reduces tire heat buildup and improves tread wear.