PallEx Forklift Fleet Switches to Michelin
PallEx, which operates the UK’s largest fleet of compressed natural gas powered forklift trucks has switched to Michelin Stabil’X XZM pneumatic radial tyres in a move aimed at cutting running costs by extending tyre life. Following an 18-month trial comparing solid tyres with pneumatics, PallEx and Barloworld determined that the Hyster Fortens fitted with Michelin Stabil’X XZM tyres delivered
PallEx Marketing Director, Christopher Martin, believes that specifying the Michelin Stabil’X XZM pneumatic radial tyres will reduce operating costs thus keeping PallEx ahead in a highly competitive freight market. The Hyster Fortens are specified for PallEx by Barloworld fitted with Michelin Stabil’X XZM radial pneumatic tyres, 6.50 R10 front and 5.00 R8 rear. According to Michelin, the radial construction gives lower rolling resistance, thus reducing fuel consumption. In addition, the casing incorporates steel reinforcements that resists damage, maintain a rigid tread area for strong grip and provides up to three times longer tyre life than the equivalent solid tyre, says Michelin.
PallEx, the largest palletised freight distribution network in the country, operates 36 brand new Hyster Fortens forklift trucks on contract rental from materials handling machine specialist Barloworld. The fleet operates around the clock at the PallEx freight hub at Ellistown, Leicester, a 267,000 square feet purpose-built facility where 8,500 pallets are transhipped every night.