Bandag’s 2014 recently hosted their National Franchise conference in Hermanus. The best of the best Bandag franchisees were acknowledged and rewarded for excellence in variety of spheres.
This year’s event 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. Innovation was again the focus as the company has had tremendous success in adding value to the bottom line of its customers.
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).
The company has also made a substantial investment and inroads 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.
On the awards front, the following companies were given recognition in a number of areas. First up- Long service awards were given to:
BTS Franchise 5 Years
- BTS Lichtenburg – Hans Nel Bande
- BTS East London – Treadz Tyers
- BTS Centurion – Verwoerdburg tryes
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 Quest for Gold (QFG) award is Bandag’s way of rewarding franchisees that excel in delivering the Bandag Package of Value (POV).
The efforts and achievements of franchisees 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 was the fast paced 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix as well as some rest and relaxation on the luxurious beaches at Club Med Bali.
This is all good news from a local supplier –FleetWatch agrees – local is LEKKER!