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ASA Tire Systems Achieves Premium-Level Status As Software Vendor

ASA Accounting and Point of Sale Systems Meet Highest Level of Integration with Bandag BASys I.T. System

MUSCATINE, IOWA, December 7, 2005 - Bandag, Incorporated (NYSES:BDG and BDGA) today announced it will designate ASA TireMax and ASA TirePro accounting and point of sale software as a premium-level product within its BASys Point of Sale Program for 2006. The software products are marketed by ASA Tire Systems , Nashua , N.H. , and receive the designation based on their robust integration with Bandag’s BASys suite of products.

Bandag created a program for point of sale software vendors to interface their products with its BASys Manufacturing and Data Channel products. ASA TireMax and TirePro products have achieved the highest level of recognition within the Bandag BASys Point of Sale Program, and carry such a designation for 2006. BASys Manufacturing allows commercial tire dealers to track retread inventory and materials usage, as well as create billing and management reports. Data Channel is a system for transferring information between commercial tire dealers and Bandag.

“The close technical collaboration between our companies means that Bandag dealers should experience a seamless interface between ASA’s Tire Max and TirePro products and our BASys Manufacturing system,” says Dennis Hall, product manager, Bandag franchise I.T. systems, “Because they attained this level in our vendor program, we are pleased to add ASA Tire Systems to the capabilities that Bandag dealers can fund through our PowerPlus and ePower funding programs. They will also display their product at the 2006 Bandag Dealer Alliance Conference.”

“ASA has been interfaced with the BASys Manufacturing System for many years.  Our BASys integration team worked closely with two of our customers this past summer to develop, test, and deploy the final piece of the integration; the interface with Data Channel.  We are pleased to continue to offer business solutions that help our customers be more efficient and competitive,” says Wayne Croswell, president, ASA Tire Systems.

Bandag, Incorporated manufactures retreading materials and equipment for its worldwide network of more than 1,000 franchised dealers that produce and market retread tires and provide tire management services. Bandag’s traditional business serves end-users through a wide variety of products offered by dealers, ranging from tire retreading and repairing to tire management systems outsourcing for commercial truck fleets. Tire Distribution Systems, Inc. (TDS), a wholly-owned subsidiary, sells and services new and retread tires. In addition, Bandag has a 87.5% interest in Speedco, Inc., a provider of on-highway truck lubrication services to commercial truck owner-operators and fleets.

ASA Tire Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of the private holding company, ASA International Ltd. Headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire; ASA Tire Systems develops and builds enterprise-wide software solutions, delivers support and services, and enables leading Independent Tire Dealers to achieve a maximum return on their information technology investment. For more information on all of ASA Tire Systems products, contact ASA at 866.210.6717, email info@asatire.com or visit www.asatire.com.

 

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