FULL MICHELIN TYRE POLICY FOR TRANSERVICE EXPRESS TRANSPORT
Stoke-on-Trent – April 16, 2013
West Bromwich-based haulier Transervice Express Transport Ltd is adopting a full Michelin tyre policy across its HGV fleet after trialling Michelin’s new 295/80 R 22.5 X MultiWay 3D XZE steer tyres.
Transervice Express Transport, which specialises in pallet distribution, will be converting its fleet of 12 rigid trucks and two tractor units onto Michelin’s X MultiWay 3D range of tyres, as wear dictates, after working with Michelin’s local Account Manager to create a bespoke tyre policy.
The haulier, which previously had no formal tyre policy and used a mix of mid-range and premium tyres, fitted its first X MultiWay 3Ds in November 2012 on a newly converted tractor unit. Since then, Managing Director Paul Johnson has had positive feedback from drivers and is expecting significant savings once the Michelin roll-out is completed.
He says: “Over the past 18 months we’ve moved from contract hiring our vehicles, which included full tyre servicing and supply, to purchasing our trucks outright. As a result we found we were buying tyres as and when we needed without any forward planning, which meant potential savings were being missed.
“Michelin approached us when we made our most recent purchase – a Daf CF85 410hp tractor unit which was converted to a 26 tonne 6x2 rigid – and we decided to put the new steer tyres to the test on the vehicle as it would be carrying heavy building materials.
“We received great feedback from our drivers so we’ve continued to work with Michelin and our local ATS Euromaster centre to develop a detailed policy for the rest of our fleet.”
Transervice Express Transport, which is a member of The Pallet Network (TPN), operates between five and six days a week. Its 18 tonne rigids and 44 tonne tractor units and trailers carry out predominantly local and regional distribution, while its 26 tonners operate throughout the UK.
Johnson adds: “Michelin has gone beyond the call of duty in their assistance to us and, as a result, we have a much clearer policy across the fleet, which I am confident will reduce our operating costs in the long-run.”
Johnson, who is also Chairman of the Road Haulage Association Central Sub Region, is expecting further savings to be made by implementing Michelin’s Four Lives Policy.
He says: “In the past we were losing out as we didn’t have a strategy on casings, however we now have a much more cost-effective plan in place where we will have our tyres re-grooved, then re-manufactured into Michelin Remix tyres, and then re-grooved again, to maximise longevity.”
Michelin’s X MultiWay 3D tyre is designed for both national and regional operators, and completed its 295/80 R 22.5 launch into the UK market in January 2013, with the introduction of the X MultiWay 3D XDE drive axle tyre.
Michelin, the leading tyre company, is dedicated to sustainably improving the mobility of goods and people by manufacturing and marketing tyres for every type of vehicle including aircraft, bicycles/motorcycles, cars, earthmovers, farm equipment and trucks. It also offers electronic mobility support services on ViaMichelin.com and publishes travel guides, hotel & restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is present in more than 170 countries, has more than 113,000 employees and operates 69 production plants in 18 different countries. The Group has a Technology Center dedicated to research, development and process engineering, with operations in Europe, North America and Asia. (www.michelin.com)
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