Bridgestone Corporation has announced the introduction of the company’s revolutionary MasterCore off-the-road (OTR) tire line at a press conference in Tokyo. MasterCore tyres are engineered for ultra-high durability with performance that can be customised to various mine sites and operations. The MasterCore product line is launching initially with 63-inch tyres with additional patterns and sizes available to customers in 2021.
“After many years of global product development that produced advances in engineering, chemistry and material science, we are excited to introduce the MasterCore brand to mining customers all over the world,” said Tomohiro Kusano, Vice President and Senior Officer, Responsible for G-MAA (Mining, Aircraft, Agriculture) Solutions Business, Bridgestone Corporation. “Each mine site is unique and requires a custom tyre solution that enables operators to improve efficiency. Our MasterCore offering sets a new standard for off-the-road tyre performance as we strive to achieve Dan-Totsu – our vision to be a clear and absolute industry leader.”
About MasterCore Technology
As Bridgestone’s best-in-class mining tyre, MasterCore is the foundation of the company’s mining solutions business. The tyre is engineered for ultra-high durability, based on a combination of unique technologies that include a new type of steel cord and other advanced materials, structure and process engineering. Below are key features of MasterCore tyres:
- An industry first, MasterCore tyres are engineered with steel cord that features Metal Surface Coating Technology for improved adhesion between the rubber and steel cord, delivering better durability.
- MasterCore tyres utilise proprietary anti-rust steel cord developed and manufactured by Bridgestone for added moisture resistance that improves durability.
- Designed with new rubber compounds for improved crack propagation, MasterCore tires have an enhanced casing for more dependable performance.
- MasterCore tyres have new patterns and features that reduce tire operating temperature for better performance.
Mine operations vary by customer, mine site and haul route, which is why Bridgestone designed MasterCore tires for customized performance. MasterCore tires can be optimised for a number of performance attributes including faster speeds, increased payload and maximized uptime. Bridgestone began testing MasterCore tires with select customers last year and performance has exceeded customer expectations.