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VT-TRACTOR – design features


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Main benefits

Special VF casing and bead construction allow for greater flexion and thus operation at lower pressure is possible.
VT-TRACTOR has demonstrated to have a 26% larger lug contact areathen competitor products.

Lower pressure means VF tyres leave behind a bigger footprint and this results in less soil compaction.

Soil compaction reduces total pore space of a soil, restricting air and water movement. Low soil oxygen levels is the primary factor that limits plant growth.

Lower pressure = bigger footprint = less soil compaction = less rutting


(1) based on Bridgestone’s internal testing conducted in Bernburg (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany) in March 2014 with sizes IF 600/70 R30 and IF 710/70 R42 (at inflation pressures 1.2 & 1.0 bar) and VF 600/70 R30 and VF 710/70 R42 (at inflations pressures 1.0 & 0.8 bar) using XSENSORTM pressure imaging technology

Thanks to the larger footprint of VF there is more lug contact with the soil, giving better traction.
Tests have demonstrated that the Bridgestone VT-TRACTOR allows to cover up to 0.9 hectares per daymore than with other premium products.

Better traction = faster working

(1) based on Bridgestone’s internal testing conducted in Bernburg (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany) in March 2014 with sizes IF 600/70 R30 and IF 710/70 R42 (inflated to 1.2 and 1.0 bar) and VF 600/70 R30 & VF 710/70 R42 (inflated to 1.0 and 0.8 bar) using a towing tractor with a braking tractor to simulate load.

Better traction also means less fuel consumption per hectare.

Tests have demonstrated that with the Bridgestone VT-TRACTOR one can save up to 36 liters per day or over 500€ per 500 hectarescompared to other premium products.


Less fuel = less CO& less costs

(1) based on Bridgestone’s internal testing conducted in Bernburg (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany) in March 2014 with sizes IF 600/70 R30 and IF 710/70 R42 (inflated to 1.2 and 1.0 bar) and VF 600/70 R30 and VF 710/70 R42 (inflated to 1.0 & 0.8 bar) using a volumetric fuel-measurement technique

VT-TRACTOR – a truly European product

The Bridgestone VT-TRACTOR was developed and tested at Technical Center Europe (TCE) near Rome, Italy, Bridgestone's European development centre, and is manufactured exclusively at the Puente San Miguel (PSM) plant in Spain.

Developed at the Technical Center Europe
TCE plays a leading role in materials research, tyre design, the manufacture of prototypes, and all forms of indoor testing. Within a total complex of 32 hectares, approximately 17,000 m2 of covered floor space house a self-sufficient range of design and development facilities. In 2010 TCE was expanded with new indoor facilities, and physical and chemical laboratories hosting new advanced equipment.

TCE’s testing capability has been further extended by the introduction of a dedicated 3-metre diameter drum that allows all size ranges to be validated indoors before exposure to the field. More than 200 tyres have been tested to confirm VT-TRACTOR performance (indoor, outdoor and field).

The 500 engineers, chemists, technicians and support personnel at TCE have three main roles:
1) Design and development of tyres for passenger, commercial van, truck, bus and agricultural vehicles, to meet European customer requirements;
2) Process and equipment design for the six Bridgestone manufacturing plants in Europe;
3) Quality systems to meet ISO-9000, QS-9000 and ISO-14000 requirements.

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Produced in Puente San Miguel
The plant employs around 400 people, including office and warehouse staff, on a site covering an area close to 100,000 m². The sole producer of the VT-TRACTOR tyre, PSM started manufacturing it last year to support the introduction of the product in the European market in autumn 2014.

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