Bandag's Wacol plant is responsible for producing pre-cured tread for the eight company-run Bandag retread factories and 30 licensed dealers throughout Australia and New Zealand, and is also the primary producer for the Asia Pacific region, exporting to Thailand, Fiji, China, Korea and Indonesia, and a key part of the global supply chain for other Bridgestone regions, including America and Europe.
"Bandag punches well above its weight when we're compared to the challenges and headwinds manufacturing faces," said Bridgestone's General Manager of Retread Business, Greg Nielsen.
"Our success is down to our emphasis on quality and adoption of state-of-the-art equipment, ensuring we remain a viable solution for the local market. By focussing on quality, we've been able to stay competitive through ensuring that locally made Bandag retreads are comparable to the quality of new Bridgestone tyres."
The Bandag tread plant in Wacol is the last remaining tread production facility throughout Australia following the cessation of car tyre manufacturing back in 2009 and is a testament to the sustainable nature of retreading.
"As much as this milestone is about Bandag's heritage, it also highlights the role the company will play for the industry in the future, guided by the values of the recently launched Bridgestone E8 commitment, " Nielsen added.