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Bridgestone opens new energy efficient Canberra site

Bridgestone has opened a new environmentally-friendly service centre in Hume, Canberra.

According to Bridgestone, the new site features a solar panel array, energy-saving lighting, recycled rubber flooring and rainwater harvesting for toilets and garden areas, minimising the store’s environmental footprint and reducing long-term operating costs.

“The opening of this facility sets a benchmark for future developments and demonstrates Bridgestone’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and the trucking industry,” said Andrew Moffatt said, Managing Director of Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand.

According to the tyre specialist, planning for the Hume store began around 12 months ago, with rollout of similar facilities in both South Australia and Western Australia expected to occur over the next year.

In addition to the numerous innovative environmental initiatives, the Hume Bridgestone Service Centre is the only store in Canberra that boasts B-double drive through truck bays, enhancing access and convenience for commercial customers. The facility will operate three truck bays and also offers passenger tyre fitment.

“The ability to offer unprecedented access and convenience to our valued truck customers reaffirms Bridgestone’s commitment to providing industry leading service,” Moffatt said. “This store adds to Bridgestone’s network of over 130 trucking stores that service the industry around Australia, supported by an additional 700 affiliated service providers.”

Bridgestone has said it anticipates significant returns on the initial investment within the space of five years, ultimately reducing long-term operating costs while dramatically lowering the store’s environmental impact.

Power from the solar array will be fed back into the grid on weekends, while the recycled rubber flooring utilises waste rubber from Bandag and Bridgestone New Zealand retread operations.

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