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Bridgestone pops the cork on new Barossa Valley store

Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand continues to raise the benchmark on environmentally sustainable commercial tyre hubs with the official opening of the new Bridgestone Service Centre Barossa.


Officially opened yesterday evening by Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, Andrew Moffatt, Bridgestone Service Centre Barossa was developed with a focus on environmentally friendly features as well as meeting the demands of the fast-moving trucking industry.


Located on the Old Sturt Highway in Nuriootpa, the Bridgestone Service Centre incorporates sustainable features such as a solar panel array, energy efficient lighting, recycled rubber flooring, and is one of the few outlets in the greater Barossa region to boast full B-double drive through bays to assure ease of access for all customers.


“Bridgestone is committed to minimising its footprint on the environment while also ensuring our customers receive the best service and products. Our new Service Centre in the Barossa highlights the efforts we go to in achieving this,” Mr Moffatt said.


“We’ve gone to great lengths to make sure our new commercial stores uphold our pledge to reduce waste and operate as efficiently as possible.”


The Barossa store is the second commercial outlet Bridgestone has launched under its new ‘green-truck’ focus after the opening of Bridgestone Service Centre Hume in the ACT last year, with a store in Western Australia also due to be finished this year.


“More than 12 months of planning has gone into our new facilities to make sure they send a clear message about Bridgestone’s focus on sustainability,” Mr Moffatt added.


“We have made a significant investment into our green-truck sites, but through our efforts to reduce long-term operational costs, we expect to see a return within five years. It’s another clear demonstration that giving back to society makes perfect business sense.”


As well as powering the site, the solar panel array feeds energy back into the grid when the store is closed, and will have a digital display in the waiting room showing kWh generation and carbon-dioxide emission reductions.


Throughout the site, energy efficient accessories such as variable speed inverter air conditioning and a variable speed air compressor have been installed. The site uses a compressed air ringincreasing efficiency and reducing energy consumption.


Integrated skylights throughout the work areas maximise natural light, while LED light fittings and signage has been utilised to lower energy use.


Flooring throughout the showroom, offices and fitting area is made from 90 per cent recycled rubber. The product used sees Bridgestone’s own end of life tyres and rubber shavings from the Bandag retread process repurposed instead of ending up as waste.


Additionally, all end of life tyres from the store will be recycled using Bridgestone’s recycling partner Tyrecycle. Bridgestone is a member of Tyre Stewardship Australia and is committed to environmentally friendly recycling of all end of life tyres.


“Bridgestone has a responsibility on a global level to environmental sustainability, which we demonstrate by our pursuit in developing more fuel efficient products, as well as taking steps like the ones in our new Barossa store to reduce the impact of our operations,” Mr Moffatt said.


The store is located at 17-19 Old Sturt Highway, Nurioopta and offers the full range of Bridgestone’s truck and bus radial tyres.