Fort Mill, South Carolina, June 13, 2012. Continental Tire the Americas, LLC’s (“Continental”) Commercial Vehicle Tire business unit is pleased to announce that it has submitted two retread tire products for verification as low rolling resistance technologies, under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport Partnership’s new performance standards.
Continental’s HDL Eco Plus ContiTread (drive) and HTL Eco Plus ContiTread (trailer) were first presented to the EPA Technology Assessment Center in December 2011 and were officially submitted for verification on June 12, the same date as the announcement of the performance requirements for retreads on class 8, line-haul trucks, said Roger Stansbie, Continental’s director of radial truck tire technologies, the Americas.
“Because of the adoption of these standards by the SmartWay Transport Partnership, the importance of manufacturing retreaded truck tires that perform just as well as the new products has been brought to the forefront of fleet owners and professional drivers across the U.S. Continental’s ContiTreads have always been made with the same standards and tread patterns as our new tires, which are the largest number of products verified by SmartWay today for low rolling resistance,” said Paul Williams, executive vice president for truck tire, the Americas.
“Our submission of these ContiTread products for verification by SmartWay – as soon as the standards were published – is a testimonial to how committed Continental is to helping fleets lower their overall driving costs, over the entire life of their tires,” Williams said.
According to the new standards provided by the EPA Technology Assessment Center, verified low rolling resistance products, when used on line-haul, class 8 trucks, will provide reductions in fuel consumption of at least 3 percent compared to the most popular retread products now in use.
The SmartWay Transport Partnership, introduced on February 9, 2004, is an innovative collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the freight industry.
SmartWay is designed to promote creative approaches to reducing the energy and environmental impact of transport through a combination of strategies including more efficient tires, better aerodynamics, lower speeds, reduced idling, improved logistics, effective use of intermodal options, improved packaging, driver education and tire maintenance, among others.
With sales of €30.5 billion in 2011, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently has approximately 167,000 employees in 46 countries.
Effective August 1, 2011 the businesses of Passenger and Light Truck Tires, Truck Tires, Bus Tires and Industrial Tires, as well as the Two-Wheel Tire activities have been organized into one Tire Division. As one of the world’s leading tire manufacturers, with more than 41,000 employees, the division achieved cumulative sales of more than €8.8 billion in 2011. Today, the Tire division has 22 production and development locations worldwide. The broad product range and continuous investments in R&D make a major contribution to cost-effective and ecologically efficient mobility.
The Commercial Vehicle Tire business had sales of more than €1.8 billion in 2011, making it one of the largest manufacturers of truck, bus and industrial tires worldwide.
Continental’s Tire Division is an Official Sponsor of the German DFB Cup, the UEFA EURO 2012™ in Poland and the Ukraine, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil.
For more information:
Communications Manager, Commercial Vehicle Tires
Continental Tire the Americas, LLC
1830 MacMillan Park Drive
Fort Mill, SC 29707