NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Based on "unprecedented" demand in the market this year, Bridgestone Americas Inc. is forecasting 9% growth in the sale of Bandag-system retreads versus 2021 in North America to more than 7 million units.
Bridgestone said key drivers fueling demand were growth by strategic fleet partners and the launch of its Last Mile Tire System, a program designed to accelerate adoption of retreading solutions for small- and medium-sized fleets.
Bandag-system retreads are produced by dozens of independent retreaders throughout the U.S. and Canada at 200-plus retread plants. Bridgestone claims the 7 million-plus units represent over half of the North American market for medium truck/bus tire retreads.
"Retreading makes more sense today than it ever has for fleets," Jason Roanhouse, executive director of Bandag Operations, said. "Not only does retreading deliver the same reliable performance of new tires, it helps fleets deliver on their sustainability goals while also driving bottom-line business efficiencies."