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Bridgestone at Agritechnica 2013

Oct, 29 2013

Bridgestone at Agritechnica 2013

Innovative tyres for more efficient and sustainable farming, today and tomorrow…

Bridgestone, the world’s number one tyre and rubber manufacturer – owner of the leading agricultural tyres brand Firestone – will participate in this year’s AGRITECHNICA show, taking place in Hannover, Germany, from 10th to 16th November.

The Bridgestone stand – an overview of our past, present and future!
Bridgestone, will not only showcase its new Firestone products, but will also give visitors the opportunity to explore Firestone’s long history, and understand how this powerful heritage makes Firestone a global leading agricultural tyre brand.

More importantly, Bridgestone has selected this year’s Agritechnica, the world’s most influential agricultural trade show, as the platform to share the next step of its agricultural tyre strategy.

With a rapidly growing population, pressure on arable land increases, demanding for increased efficiency and productivity. Farming equipment is becoming bigger, more powerful and more specialised, whereas their impact on the soil needs to be minimized.

This evolution represents an important challenge to tyre manufacturers, a challenge that the Bridgestone Corporation will continue to take up through the development of low soil compaction, great efficiency and low fuel consumption tyres.

New Firestone agricultural tyres - designed for growing results!

In the Firestone section of the stand, we will be presenting some recently launched European-made Firestone products, such as:

The 270/95R48 PERFORMER ROW CROP for sprayer applications, a narrow tyre that allows precise steering between the crops, causing no damage to crops and roots. Thanks to its steel belt construction, the PERFORMER ROW CROP has a higher load capacity than many of its competitors, allowing for larger sprayer tanks. In addition, the Dual Angle Lug(1) design, with its outstanding traction and low soil disturbance characteristics, allow farmers to work faster and further improve their efficiency.
The 800/65R32 MAXI TRACTION COMBINE, a robust tyre for combine harvesters that has a combination of reliability, safety, efficiency and low soil compaction built-in. The reinforced casing with hi-flex sidewall give this MAXI TRACTION COMBINE a large footprint and perfect stability, important elements when fitted to heavy and high gravity point vehicles. At the same time, the Dual Angle Lug design will generate great traction, further contributing to farming efficiency.
“With these new products, we provide agricultural vehicle operators with high efficient long-life tyres that not only reduce their operating costs, but at the same time cause minimal impact on the environment thanks to their low soil disturbance and compaction as well as their low fuel consumption” says Harald Van Ooteghem, Senior Marketing Manager Commercial Business Unit, Bridgestone Europe.

Focusing on proven results
Also on display will be the established and very successful Firestone products:

The 500/70R24 DURAFORCE UTILITY for industrial applications such as backhoe loaders & compact wheeled loaders. With its wide and flat tread contour and extra thick sidewall, this tyre offers excellent stability and safety during its long life.
The IF800/70R38 MAXI TRACTION with Improved Flexion for high horsepower tractors, equipped with a casing that enables greater flexing leading to lower soil compaction or more efficiency on the road. The performance of this product has been proven by means of a DLG FOKUS TEST(2) in which the IF710/70R42 MAXI TRACTION was compared with similar products from 3 premium European manufacturers, and in which the Firestone MAXI TRACTION IF scored “+” on each of the 3 following criteria: traction, specific fuel consumption and surface capacity.
“These outstanding DLG Fokus Test(2) results are the proof of our commitment to deliver products with superb levels of performance, and a result of our huge investments to renew about 75% of the Firestone agricultural tyre product range over the last 2 years” says Harald Van Ooteghem, Senior Marketing Manager Commercial Business Unit, Bridgestone Europe.

Visit the Bridgestone stand (Hall 9, stand N° G23) to find out more!

(1) Dual Angle Lug design technology has 4% more contact surface compared to a standard tyre, translating into 4% extra traction.
(2) DLG ( ) is Germany’s farming industry association. Fokus Test 6164F carried out in April 2013. Tyre fitments front 600/65 R34 (pressure 1.6 bar) rear IF 710/70 R42 (pressure 1 bar). Test vehicles: Fendt SC936 Vario (pulling vehicle) and,Fendt 828 (braking vehicle). Axle weight of pulling vehicle front 7040 kg, rear 7280 kg.