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Bandag/BTS Conference 2014 acknowledges franchisees

Bandag 10 Conference

Bandag's 2014 national franchise conference has taken place at the gorgeous Arabella Hermanus.

More than 130 people congregated at this year's conference and Gala Awards Evening where the best of the best Bandag franchisees were acknowledged and rewarded.

This year's Bandag/BTS conference also saw Bandag Southern Africa celebrate 10 Years of locals at the wheel. This was celebrated as 10 Years of LEKKER! The past 10 years has seen Bandag SA continue to deliver innovation into a market threatened by commoditization. And innovation was again the focus as Bandag has had tremendous success in adding value to the bottom line of its customers.

As a commitment to continuous innovation, Bandag SA used this platform to launch 2 new next generation Application Specific tread designs.

BDR-HG offers a premium product for the long haul and regional drive applications for fleets who refuse to compromise outstanding performance for outright muscle. BDR-HG is engineered to deliver serious traction plus superb mileage and all this, in a gripping fashion. Besides shoulder and centre tie bars to increase stability and handling, BDR-HG offers open shoulders and deep sipes for continued traction and excellent grip.

BDV2 is the latest addition to the Application Specific® range and is dedicated to the Bus and Urban Delivery markets. Like its predecessor, BDV2 is set to be the next Benchmark in its application. BDV2 offers a lighter casing friendly tread design. Its wide shoulders and wide tread area together with the latest in rubber compounding technology ensure an optimum wear rate (km/mm).

Application Specific treads are engineered not to be your average but your BENCHMARK!

But the innovation did not end there.

Bandag SA has also made a substantial investment and in roads in electronic tyre inspection technology. Today nearly 20% of the over 400,000 tyres annually inspected by the Bandag network of tyre professionals is done electronically. This means faster processing, greater accuracy and quicker reporting. With the launch of its latest Android application, it is not inconceivable that more tyres will be inspected electronically in the coming months.

These innovations show Bandag once again Setting the Pace in the truck tyre replacement market.

Once the business part of the conference was complete, there was golf, spa treatments for the lovely ladies and when in Rome... there was of course a wine experience... but with a twist where everyone enjoyed a wine and chocolate pairing experience.

The Gala evening was the highlight of the weekend. Long service and loyalty is rare in today's business environment but Bandag has historically been privileged to work with a strong and loyal franchise network. Long Service Awards that were handed out this year included:

BTS Franchise 5 Years

• BTS LICHTENBURG - HANS NEL BANDE
• BTS EAST LONDON - TREADZ TYRES
• BTS CENTURION - VERWOERDBURG TYRES

BTS Franchise 10 Years

• BTS WINDHOEK - TYREPRO
• BTS PTA NORTH - TYRE AFRICA

Bandag Manufacturing Franchise 10 Years

• TONWAY TYRES - ROSSLYN
• THOMAS TYRES LOWVELD
• NEXOR TYRES - KZN

Bandag Manufacturing Franchise 15 Years

• BANDAUTO BEIRA - MOZAMBIQUE
• TREADMASTERS - MALAWI
• LONGLIFE TYRES - KZN
• LOMBARD TYRES - KRUGERSDORP, GAUTENG
• SABLE NDOLA - ZAMBIA
• RICHARDS BAY TYRES

Bandag Manufacturing Franchise 20 Years

• BANDAUTO MAPUTO - MOZAMBIQUE

Bandag Manufacturing Franchise 35 Years

• SWAZI BANDAG - SWAZILAND

Bandag Manufacturing Franchise 40 Years

• PROTEA TYRES - ERMELO
• SPBR - REUNION

Bandag Manufacturing Franchise 50 Years

• CMC - MAURITIUS

The awards evening was also used reveal Bandag's Quest for Gold (QFG) Winners. Quest for Gold is Bandag's way of rewarding franchisees that excel in delivering the Bandag Package of Value (POV).

The efforts and achievements of franchisees don't go unnoticed and is encouraged to ensure fleet operators get the best products and services Bandag have on offer! The categories on which franchisees were measured were very focused on Bandag's POV.

This year's winners were:

• Best Web Tool Reporting - Tonway Tyres (Rosslyn)
• Best Application Specific Sales - Longlife Tyres (KZN)
• Best On-Site Servicing - Thomas Tyres (Meyerton)
• Best On-Road Servicing - BTS Roodepoort (Vulindlela)

Overall Bandag and BTS franchisees were also selected and winners for these categories were:

• Best Bandag Manufacturing Franchise - Mega Treads (Caledon)
• Best BTS Franchise - BTS Cape Town (VT Tyres)

Bandag rewards franchisees that excel in delivering quality, innovation, reliability and information, which are all paramount to ensuring the competitiveness of Bandag end-users. The success of end-users, determines the success of Bandag and its franchise network!

The incentive trip for this year's QFG winners is the fast paced 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix as well as some rest and relaxation on the luxurious beaches at Club Med Bali.

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