Cooper Tire Launches PRO Series™ LHS Steer Tire
First steer tire in Cooper’s PRO Series commercial tire line
FINDLAY, Ohio — Cooper Tire has launched a new long- haul steer (LHS) tire as part of its Cooper PRO Series product line. The tire joins the Cooper PRO Series long haul drive tire introduced last year.
The new steer tire will initially be available in size 295/75R22.5 with other sizes becoming available in June.
The Cooper PRO Series LHS was designed from the ground up to offer low cost of ownership through long miles to removal, fuel efficiency, and design elements to help ensure uniform wear and retreadability, according to Gary Schroeder, executive director of Cooper’s global truck and bus tire business.
The new tire features Cooper’s ECO (Energy Conservation Optimization) technology that combines tire design, compounding and construction to provide an ultra-low rolling resistance tire that both exceeds SmartWay standard requirements by 15 percent and meets the EPA’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions requirements set for 2021.
“This steer tire is the new flagship product for Cooper commercial tires,” Schroeder said. “We know the importance of this tire position, and it’s why we designed the tire to perform at a very high level – meeting the demanding needs of long-haul fleets. We purposefully created this tire to give fleets what they are asking for – a low cost of ownership solution to reduce tire program costs and improve a fleet’s bottom line. We’re offering the tire at a price point that makes it a ‘best buy.’ Excellent performance, matched with very competitive pricing, is what fleets are looking for in tires, and we’re delivering with the Cooper PRO Series.”
The Cooper PRO Series LHS provides 18/32nds of tread depth and features a wider footprint than most steer tires on the market – a full inch in many cases. “This provides better traction while promoting longer, more even wear,” said Schroeder. “And, it doesn’t sacrifice fuel economy in the process. When paired with our PRO Series LHD drive tire, that is also SmartWay verified, fleets can maximize fuel economy.”
Schroeder said in order to enhance even wear, the tire has a decoupling groove to minimize shoulder wear. A unique feature on Cooper’s new steer tire is a patent-pending stone ejector design with a stepped groove wall in the tread pattern. This feature helps prevent stone drilling to ensure the integrity of the casing for multiple retreads.
Helping improve tire maintenance is Cooper’s “Wear Square” on the tire’s shoulder ribs. This is a visual indicator, which shows the tread depth through five different evolving image icons. A “square” shows full tread depth, while an “L” shape shows half the tread is left. An icon also shows when the tire should be pulled for retreading. Since the Wear Square is placed on both sides of the tire, it’s also an alignment indicator. If the icons don’t match, the tire technician knows there is an alignment problem or uneven tire issue and can take corrective measures.
The Cooper PRO Series LHS features four-belt steel design construction and an industry-leading seven-year, two-retread warranty. The tire is also warranted for full replacement value for the first 50 percent of treadwear.
“Our warranty showcases the confidence we have in this tire,” said Schroeder. “It’s ready to perform.”
Bridgestone adds to Ecopia commercial truck tire portfolio
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bridgestone Americas has made a new addition to its fuel-efficient Bridgestone Ecopia commercial truck tire portfolio.
The Bridgestone R123 Ecopia tire is a SmartWay verified trailer tire the company said is engineered to deliver low rolling resistance and exceptional wear in long-haul and regional service applications.
Because of to its low rolling resistance design, the Bridgestone R123 Ecopia tire delivers nearly $400 in fuel savings over 100,000 miles when compared to the Bridgestone Ecopia R197 tire, according to Kyle Chen, brand manager, truck and bus radial tires, U.S. and Canada, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO).
“Bridgestone Ecopia tires are designed with features that reduce fuel consumption, and they are engineered to be fit for retreading later on, making them a smart, sustainable business choice for fleets on a number of levels,” Chen said. “Fuel-efficient tires that also deliver big on performance are a demonstration of our dedication to help lower the total cost of tire ownership and drive efficient mobility for all fleets.”
Chen said the Bridgestone R123 Ecopia tire is engineered with features such as an IntelliShape sidewall designed to reduce the overall tire weight and minimize rolling resistance.
The tire also uses patented NanoPro-Tech polymer technology to limit energy loss and help improve fuel economy, he said.
Additional innovations include:
- A fuel-efficient tread design to lower rolling resistance and improve fuel economy
- An innovative tread pattern to increase traction and grip on wet roads, as well as absorption of tread edge stress to promote long, even wear
- An optimized tread volume that allows for long removal mileage, and;
- A specialized defense groove structure that helps establish even pressure at the tire shoulder and minimize tread edge wear.
“Fleets can leverage fuel-efficient tires and retreads together to extend the life of their tire casings, further reduce fuel costs and lower the total cost of tire ownership,” Chen said. “Designed to maximize the total tire lifecycle, the Bridgestone R123 Ecopia tire provides excellent retreadability and works together with Bandag FuelTech retreads to capitalize on tire performance potential, drive down fuel costs and make mobility more efficient for fleets.”
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Class 8 build rate: When change comes, it’s likely to come fast
COLUMBUS, Ind. — According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, current Class 8 build rates suggest upside to the 2019 forecast, but large new truck inventories and deteriorating freight and rate conditions suggest erring on the side of caution remains the right call: When the change comes, it is likely to come fast.
“Since March 2018, ACT’s forecasts have targeted third quarter 2019 as the quarter in which the supply of Class 8 tractors and demand for freight services were likely to tip so far as to break the current period of peak vehicle production, as demand reverts to the mean,” said Steve Tam, ACT’s vice president. “Current data and anecdotes make a strong case that the call for a third quarter 2019 inflection point expectation remains intact.”
Regarding heavy vehicle demand, Tam said, “At the heart of our cycle duration prediction, carrier profitability and production peaks always lag the freight cycle, so capacity building always accelerates relative to freight growth at exactly the wrong time. Hence, cycle duration ultimately comes down to timing and excluding the pre-buy and housing bubble impacted 2004-2006 cycle, peak of cycle build rates has historically lasted between 13 and 15 months. For this Class 8 cycle, we date peak build rates to June 2018, so we are currently in 12 months.”
Regarding ACT’s medium duty forecasts, Tam said slower orders are negating upward pressure previously exerted on the forecast.
“For trucks, segment analysis preliminary May orders were more than 2,500 units below the 12-month trend, with similar developments in the bus and RV segments leading to a like comparison for the total Classes 5-7 market,” he said.
ACT Research is a publisher of commercial vehicle truck, trailer, and bus industry data, market analysis and forecasting services for the North American and China markets. ACT’s analytical services are used by all major North American truck and trailer manufacturers and their suppliers, as well as banking and investment companies.
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Double Coin and CMA say Thailand facility now at full capacity
MONROVIA, Calif. — Double Coin and CMA, a tire manufacturer and marketer say their Thailand manufacturing facility is now working at full capacity to produce over-the-road (OTR) and truck bus and radial (TBR) products.
“Our new Thailand manufacturing facility has full OTR and TRB availability and the production capacity to fulfill container-level orders,” said Tim Phillips vice president of marketing operations for Double Coin/CMA. “Not only does this production facility have the capacity to meet the demand for commercial tire products, we are offering them at competitive prices since they are not subject to anti-dumping and countervailing duties or tariffs penalties associated with products produced in China. With many of our competitors having to rely on China alone, Double Coin customers will be in an excellent purchasing position in the face of product shortages and higher prices from China.”
Phillips said some U.S. suppliers claim they have production availability in Vietnam or Thailand, but it remains to be seen if older plants in these areas that are already running at full capacity can offer any additional TBR and OTR products.
“The combination of our new state-of-art manufacturing facility and warehousing in Thailand where we can offer very competitive pricing, Double Coin is emerging as the clear choice for TBR and OTR tire products,” Phillips said.
Built on a 3.6 million square-foot site, the Thailand facility has the capacity to manufacture over 1.8 million TBR tires as well as over 50,000 OTR tires. The entire plant is controlled by the Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and is integrated with the SAP management system. Plans for expansion at the Thailand facility are currently underway.
“In addition to our production capacity at our Thailand facility, we currently have full capacity of Double Coin tires at our five warehouses in Memphis, Tennessee, Rancho Cucamonga, California, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, San Jose, Costa Rica, and Queretaro, Mexico,” Phillips said.
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