Bridgestone has teamed up with Pneumatic Components Ltd (PCL) to offer the compressed air alternative, through commercial nitrogen generators which are now standard equipment on new Bridgestone audit service vans fleet. .
Bridgestone offer an audit service to their fleet customers with tyre pressure maintenance available as well as tyre management, auditing and vehicle tyre defleet management.
Tyre inflation, wear and eventual fuel economy figures will improve as a result of the nitrogen provision and Bridgestone report interest in the service from existing and potential major fleet customers.
Bridgestone Partner manager Paul Sheehan said: “Nitrogen is a larger molecule than oxygen, which means that it is less likely to permeate between the rubber molecules resulting in better pressure maintenance”.
“The advantages of this are longer lasting maintenance of the correct pressure. Maintaining correct tyre pressures will increase the performance of the tyres, including reduced wear and increased fuel economy.
“We are really excited to be able to offer a mobile nitrogen inflation option to Bridgestone fleet customers and we are confident that interest will be high, and we would love to hear from more fleet operators who are interested in trialing the benefits of nitrogen for themselves”
Olly Shortland, product manager for Pneumatic Components Ltd (PCL), said: “We see our mobile nitrogen solution with Bridgestone as a big breakthrough and we are confident that fleet operators will really see the benefit in a number of ways.
“Oxygen is reactive, whereas nitrogen is much less so. Thus, by removing much of the oxygen, you are removing a potential source oxidation to the rim or tyre.
“In addition, by removing the water vapour, you will ensure a more constant internal pressure of the tyre, so there are many advantages in using nitrogen, rather than air.”
When it comes to choosing the best brand for tyre inflation and compressed air products PCL provides an unbeatable package
Now part of the HORNGROUP, along with the TECALEMIT brands, PCL is recognised as the global market leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of the most advanced and comprehensive portfolio available, PCL remains true to its ethos of quality products and exceptional service.
Add to that a loyal and highly skilled workforce and you have a company which delivers reliable inflation and pneumatic solutions you can count on, at prices you can afford. Founded in 1938, when the first pressure gauges were designed and manufactured in Sheffield, PCL’s focus remains on exceeding customer needs. We stay ahead of the game with an ever-expanding core product range, ensuring that ancillary products are continually developed to complement this.
With over 70 years of experience designing and manufacturing tyre inflation and compressed air equipment, PCL is a dynamic yet customer focused and forward looking company.
PCL’s products are a familiar sight in garage forecourts, tyreshops, factories and workshops throughout the world. PCL continue to expand globally, providing first-class, reliable and cost effective products for tyre inflation and pneumatics, with localised service in all locations.
Although global, PCL maintains a firm commitment to its roots, still manufacturing from its production facility in Sheffield, the cradle of engineering excellence. The modern factory occupies over 12,000m² and utilises the very latest production equipment. PCL is proud to display the city’s prestigious mark of quality and excellence on its “Made in Sheffield” products, and continually PCL has carried forward this attention to quality, constant improvement and development to its new facilities in both China (PCL, Shanghai) and India (PCL-SUMO, Mumbai) – further extending its international capabilities.
For customers this means access to old favourites in addition to ground-breaking new products and ranges, including: electronic tyre inflation, air tool and air treatment and equipment for nitrogen applications. All products are manufactured to meet the requirements of relevant quality standards and stringent European and other market approvals.
Bridgestone Europe (BSEU) is a key regional subsidiary of Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of tyres and other rubber products. Bridgestone Corporation and its subsidiaries employ over 140.000 people around the world, operate 178 plants in 25 nations and sell products in more than 150 countries. One in five vehicles in the world drives on the company’s tyres. “Serving Society with Superior Quality” has been our mission since Shojiro Ishibashi founded Bridgestone in 1931.