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Bridgestone Brings Innovative ENLITEN Technology to Light Commercial Sector with Launch of DURAVIS Van Tyre

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  • Bridgestone introduces its most advanced and sustainable van tyre, boasting efficiency and durability.    
  • Duravis Van sees ENLITEN Technology introduced to the Australian & New Zealand market and is EV ready.
  • European design, development and production meets the needs of popular light commercial vehicle customers.

ADELAIDE, South Australia (13 February, 2024) — Australia's most trusted tyre brand, Bridgestone, has launched its most innovative and sustainable light commercial tyre, Duravis Van, featuring its ENLITEN technology for the first time in a replacement specification tyre for the Australian & New Zealand market.

ENLITEN is Bridgestone's base technology for product design, enabling ultimate customisation in safety, sustainability, and performance. ENLITEN technology provides Duravis Van with low-rolling resistance for efficiency, durability for wear life and excellent wet and dry braking performance – helping to maximise efficiency by minimising downtime and lowering the total cost of ownership.

Duravis Van has been engineered with the evolving needs of the last-mile delivery market as the centre of its development. Using ENLITEN Technology, Duravis Van is EV-ready and is designed, developed, and produced in Europe – ensuring suitability for the increasingly popular European-built light commercial vehicle models.

Director of Sales at Bridgestone Australia, Claudio Sodano, says the introduction of Duravis Van is significant because of ENLITEN technology, and the evolution of the light commercial sector.

“There's no doubt that the light commercial space is undergoing considerable change. Not only is this part of the market growing, but the emergence of electric vans changes the operational requirements – and that's why the launch of Duravis Van is so significant,” Mr Sodano said.

“Duravis Van is a really exciting product for us, because it's not only our most advanced light commercial vehicle tyre ever, but it's also Australia's introduction to our ENLITEN technology – which is a design philosophy that will underpin our future product developments across all segments.”

Introducing ENLITEN Technology

ENLITEN Technology focusses on three key areas in the development of a new tyre: safety, sustainability, and performance. Through the overarching end-to-end ENLITEN strategy, Bridgestone is using the technology to support decarbonisation efforts in production and the product life cycle through emission reduction, resource efficiency and material circularity, without compromising on safety and performance.

The durability of ENLITEN technology is already proven on Australian roads through the recent Bridgestone World Solar Challenge – an event Bridgestone uses as a platform to challenge its sustainable tyre technology in a "mobile lab". Nearly all teams competing in the 2023 event utilised specially developed ENLITEN equipped tyres for maximum efficiency and durability.

With ENLITEN technology, Bridgestone remains committed to ensuring the highest levels of safety in both dry and wet conditions, while also delivering outstanding performance in the focus area of each product, delivering on the key criteria for the customer.

“Each product development has specific objectives for performance. For Duravis Van, these were to maximise the efficiency for light commercial vehicle operators, be durable and have great braking capabilities, while also being a more sustainable choice,” Mr Sodano added.

Duravis Van Market Positioning

Duravis Van enters the Australian market in seven sizes ranging from 195/70R15C to 225/55R17C, covering the majority of European built and designed vans including Ford Transit and E Transit Custom, Mercedes-Benz Vito/eVito and Viano/V-Class, VW Transporter, Renault Master, and LDV V80, eDeliver and Deliver 9. The introduction of the Duravis Van also sees Bridgestone offer a solution in the 205/65R15C and 225/55R17C sizes, closing a gap in the light commercial vehicle range.

It is an ideal fitment for operators seeking a solution that provides performance while equally committed to optimum safety and reliability with maximum efficiency. The use of ENLITEN technology provides a sustainable choice for businesses invested in reducing their carbon footprint while, supporting a reduction the total cost of ownership, thanks to combination of durability and low rolling resistance.

Bridgestone Australia & New Zealand Managing Director, Heath Barclay, believes that the Duravis Van is the solution to the emerging challenges in the light commercial vehicle sector.

“Fleets face many challenges in lowering their costs, maximising efficiency, reducing CO2 emissions, and overcoming the complexities of the last-mile delivery model. The launch of the Bridgestone Duravis Van tyre is the answer to all of these through lower fuel or energy use, and reduced downtime because of its durability,” Mr Barclay said.

The development of Duravis Van

This innovative tyre has achieved the balance between rolling resistance, performance and durability through the use of its Nano Pro-Tech equipped compound, advanced mixing methods, design of the tread pattern and construction of the tyre.

Compared to the Duravis R660, Duravis Van boasts up to 21% improvement in rolling resistance1, delivering excellent fuel economy for ICE vehicles and energy efficiency for electric vehicles, contributing to reduced operating expenses through fuel savings or extended range and increased productivity.

The optimised crown shape of the tyre maximises contact with the road to deliver strong dry braking performance. The advanced symmetrical tread pattern helps reduce road noise while also supporting reduced irregular wear thanks to its rib stiffness. The tyre's sipe design and longitudinal grooves provide excellent water evacuation for wet handling and braking performance.

The sidewall design also features rim protection through an additional 0.8mm circumferential rubber layer to minimise damage caused by curb impacts and help to improve overall wear performance.

Duravis Van's construction also meets the demands of electric vehicles with a high wear tolerance to counter the increased weight and higher torque of EVs, while the low-rolling resistance supports efficient mileage.

As a sustainable solutions company, Bridgestone is constantly evolving its R&D process to become more efficient and sustainable. The Bridgestone Duravis Van was developed using Bridgestone's ground-breaking Virtual Tyre Development technology. This means a digital version of an in-development tyre can be created and tested, helping Bridgestone to predict how a tyre will perform in different conditions before physically building prototypes. In the development phase, this sustainable approach led to a saving of 38% of raw materials and CO2 emissions, while cutting 20,000 kilometres and 4.2 tonnes of CO2 from outdoor testing.2

Such innovations are all part of Bridgestone's vision to provide customer and social value as a sustainable solutions company. At the heart of this is the Bridgestone E8 Commitment – the broad, global corporate commitment that clearly defines the value the company is promising to deliver to society, customers, and future generations in eight focus areas. Specifically, the Bridgestone Duravis Van embodies the following: Energy, Efficiency, Ecology, Ease and Economy.

Duravis Van is a key product in Bridgestone's fleet solutions offering as well as being available through the national network of Bridgestone Select Tyre & Auto and Bridgestone Service Centre stores, and trustworthy tyre retailers.


*1 Based on internal benchmark Duravis Van vs Duravis R660 (ref. size 205/65 R16C)
*2 Based on declared CO2 emissions of Volkswagen Caravelle (development size 205/65R16C): 198 g/km

About Bridgestone Australia & New Zealand:

Bridgestone is a global leader in tyres and rubber, and is building on its expertise to provide solutions for safe and sustainable mobility.  In Australasia, Bridgestone Australia & New Zealand. offers a range of services and solutions to all segments of the Australian market to deliver social value and customer value. Bridgestone’s extensive range of quality tyres is complemented by the provision of mechanical and fleet services through the company’s nationwide retail network of Bridgestone Select, Bridgestone Service Centres and Bridgestone Tyre Centres, mobile service provider Lube Mobile, and the manufacturing and sale of quality retreads through Bandag Pty Limited. Bridgestone offers a diverse product portfolio of premium tyres and advanced solutions backed by innovative technologies, improving the way people around the world move, live, work and play.