NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Bridgestone Agricultural Tire, U.S. & Canada Commercial Tire Sales (BAAG), which manufactures Firestone-brand farm tires, announced the launch of a Firestone-brand Destination Farm radial implement tire, which will be available in 2013. These tires, are part of a new class of farm tires with AD2 technology, and are designed with agricultural needs in mind.
"Producers are often forced to use tires made for trucks or buses on heavy-pull type implements," said Tom Rodgers, who directs sales and marketing efforts for Firestone-brand farm tires. "This tire was created specifically with agricultural needs in mind. By utilizing our AD2 technology, the Destination Farm tires leave a larger footprint with less soil compaction. Our Agricultural R&D group worked closely with our Light Truck Tire and our Truck and Bus development groups to leverage technology from each area in creating this innovative solution for the North American farmer."
The Firestone-brand Destination Farm radial implement tires are available in IF- and VF- designations and specifically designed for the high-load demands of today's agricultural equipment. Compared to equivalent-sized standard radial tires, the Destination Farm radial implement tires deliver added performance benefits including:
- Tires carry more load –at a lower pressure than standard equivalent-sized bias and radial tires
- Lower air pressure with a larger footprint to help reduce soil compaction
- Wider section width for more contact area
- Steel belts for improved resistance of stubble penetration, compared to bias implement tires
The Firestone-brand Destination Farm radial implement tires are extensively tested for durability and performance at the Firestone Farm Tire Test Center in Columbiana, Ohio. To learn more about the Destination Farm radial implement tires and product offerings, visit www.FirestoneAg.com.
About Agricultural Tire, U.S. & Canada Commercial Tire Sales division, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations:
Agricultural Tire, U.S. & Canada Commercial Tire Sales division (BAAG), Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, is the industry leader in the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of market-leading Firestone agricultural tires. BAAG's Des Moines, Iowa, facility is located in the heart of America's farm belt and supplies approximately half of the agricultural tires consumed by North American original equipment manufacturers as well as being the leading agricultural tire supplier in the North American replacement market. Firestone agricultural tires can be found on farm tractors, planting and harvesting equipment and other farm implements in North America and around the world. In addition BAAG markets and sells forestry, ATV and construction tires. BAAG also operates a testing facility, located in Columbiana, Ohio, which is the only facility in the world solely dedicated to the development and testing of agricultural tires.
About Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations:
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) is a business unit of Bridgestone Americas, Inc., whose parent company, Bridgestone Corporation, is the world's largest tire and rubber company. Reporting into the BATO business unit are the company's Latin American tire operations, the U.S. and Canadian consumer tire businesses and the U.S. and Canadian commercial tire businesses. BATO develops, manufactures and markets Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires. The business unit is focused on retail, wholesale and original equipment markets, supplying passenger, light truck, commercial vehicle, off road, motorcycle, agricultural and other tires to its customers in the Americas. In addition, through its Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions unit, retreading customers have access to industry-leading research and development, manufacturing, marketing and sales expertise, providing them with a total tire solution.