Tire retreading specialist Bandvulc, a subsidiary of Continental, has unveiled the new BD5 tire at Road Transport Expo 2022 in Stoneleigh, UK. Engineered to deliver high-mileage performance in all conditions, the new BD5 will replace the BD08 in the Bandvulc Fleetmaster range later this year.
To provide commercial operators with a tire that has an extended mileage lifespan, Bandvulc is utilizing its specially formulated Long-Life Tread+ rubber in the new BD5. The hard-wearing, thermal-resistant compound is exclusive to the tire, and will also help to reduce service costs and vehicle downtime.
Independent fleet trials commissioned by Bandvulc have proven that the next-generation BD5 delivers a 40% increase in lifetime mileage over its predecessor in the long-haul range.
The BD5 features an all-new directional tread pattern. Extensive testing and refinement throughout the design process has resulted in a pattern that Bandvulc states offers greater grip and superior handling in wet and dry conditions. The BD5’s tread is optimized to offer excellent water dispersion and the efficient ejection of stones through the outside grooves. Bandvulc has also secured 3PMSF accreditation for the new BD5 in both its sizes.
“Having produced retreads in the UK for 50 years, no one knows the road haulage industry quite like the team of Bandvulc engineers,” said Tony Mailling, head of hot retread production, EMEA. “BD5 is the durable, long-lasting, ultra-high mileage retread tire that will benefit our customers in today’s market. Its hard-wearing compound will mean fewer tire changes and the massively enhanced tread design will help to reduce energy loss – both critically important for operators looking to maximize efficiency and mitigate downtime.
“Our new BD5 showcases our design and engineering expertise, with our in-house team developing the bespoke characteristics of the tire and carrying out an extensive program of testing. BD5 proves that we have the capability to produce a tailored retread tire that can exceed customer expectations.”
Bandvulc’s BD5 is available in 315/70R22.5 with the 315/80R22.5 size coming later this autumn.