Bridgestone launches new drive tyre

Tyre manufacturer says new Multi Trans M766 drive tyre is specially designed for Australian conditions


Global tyre giant Bridgestone has released another tyre specifically developed for Australia.

The company says the M766 features a "breakthrough" tread compound specifically designed and developed for Australia’s unique trucking challenge.

"Australia has unique road conditions that put very particular stresses on truck tyres," Bridgestone Australia managing director Andrew Moffatt says.

"We have high-powered trucks pulling long combinations, highways and roads made from rough aggregate, and a higher road camber than many other countries – all factors which combine to put tyres under a great deal of stress.

"These are challenges that require Australian solutions, which is why – unlike many of our competitors – Bridgestone invests significant resources to develop new patterns and tread compounding technology specific to our market and our road conditions.

"We have conducted extensive testing in the lead up to the release of this tyre and are absolutely confident in the extended wear life that this product provides."

Bridgestone says the M766 technology includes:

  • all-new tread compound which increases wear resistance and heat dissipation
  • wider and deeper tread with 21% more rubber volume compared with Bridgestone’s existing M722 drive tyre
  • increased lateral sipes (the small slits in the tread blocks) and tread block edges to provide improved bite into with the road, resulting in wet traction which "far exceeds" its predecessor.
  • new semi-closed shoulder blocks with tie-bar which reduces block deformation, providing additional stiffness to minimise irregular wear and provide longer life.

It adds that as with all its heavy duty tyres, the M766 is manufactured using a tough casing that makes it ideal for Bandag re-treading, further increasing its value and lowering its impact on the environment.

The new tyre has been tested across a range of Australian customers, in a variety of applications, recording "very strong and consistent wear life results".

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