After carrying aero engines and airfreight over 400,000 km across Europe on a set of Semperit M470 truck tyres, County Kildare-based haulier, GK Kelly Transport Limited says the tyres have delivered exceptional value for money plus great traction during extreme winter conditions.

With a fleet of 11 trucks, owner, Gary Kelly, completed the 400,000 km himself in just over two and a half years in his Volvo F80 tractor unit, which itself has travelled over 4.5 million km. The tyres undertake a typical journey such as an 8,000km roundtrip from Ireland to Eastern Europe usually carrying spare parts for aeroplanes being maintained there.

“I’m extremely impressed with the durability of Semperit tyres, and can particularly recommend them for their traction during winter. They’ve often kept me going through deep snow in Poland and Bulgaria, when other trucks have been stuck without enough grip,” said Gary Kelly.

This isn’t the first set of Semperit tyres that Gary Kelly has been impressed with, as he has also seen previous sets achieve 350,000 km which were also supplied by his local dealer in Kildare, Heffernan Tyres.

Darren Meikle, Semperit Sales Manager for Ireland commented: “The cost per km for GK Kelly Transport proves how exceptionally efficient Semperit tyres are for long distance hauliers. I’m also delighted to hear how well they have performed in extreme cold weather.”

The M470 tyre is from the Euro-Drive Semperit range for trucks and buses and is designed to achieve a high mileage thanks to a wider tread and optimum traction due to massive tread blocks. The Semperit tyre brand originates from Austria, hence its experience of designing tyres to cope with Alpine conditions, and delivering efficient transportation across the key European trade routes.

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Note to editors:

Semperit Tyres in the UK and Ireland is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Continental Corporation. With sales of around €33.3 billion in 2013, Continental is one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers. As a provider of tires, brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently employs around 182,000 people in 49 countries.

The Commercial Vehicle Tyre business is one of the largest manufacturers of truck, bus and commercial specialty tyres worldwide. Today, the division has 22 production and development locations worldwide. The broad product range and continuous investments in R&D make a major contribution to cost-effective and ecologically efficient mobility.

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