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March 29, 2019 11:00 AM, EDT

BFGoodrich Unveils Two New Truck Tires at MATS

BFGoodrich exhibit at MATS 2019The BFGoodrich exhibit at MATS 2019. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. ­— BFGoodrich unveiled two new trucking tires at the 48th Mid-America Trucking Show, one for the steering axle and one for the trailer axle, designed to enhance longhaul, tanker, refrigerated and dry van models.

Karl Remec, BFGoodrich marketing director, told a March 28 news conference that the tires represent high-tech changes, including a variable groove that will expel stones and sidewall compounds that will provide fuel efficiency without sacrificing wear.

Remec said the variable groove was important to protect the tire’s casing, which he said was popular with fleets. The company has a five-year, two-retread manufacturer’s warranty on the tires, and will improve retreadability, Remec said.

The tires also have a shoulder rib with microsipes, or small slits, to improve resistance to irregular wear, Remec said. And the tires have serpentine grooves designed to evacuate water to improve traction.

BFGoodrich Control T tire

BFGoodrich Control T tire. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

“Think of traction in a lateral sense,” he said. “Think of exit ramps, off-ramps and on-ramps on highways. Those are slick, and you want to make sure you’re evacuating water to keep good contact.”

The BFGoodrich Highway Control S steering and all-position tire is available now in the United States and Canada through the company’s network, Remec said, and replaces the ST 244 in various sizes.

The new BFGoodrich Highway Control T trailer tire will be available in May and replace the BFGoodrich TR 144.

BFGoodrich said the tires are SmartWay-verified, meaning they comply with Environmental Protection Agency guidelines for new and retread low-rolling-resistance tires.