Ferguson Transport to Fit XDN2 Grip
Inverness-shire-based Ferguson Transport has become one of the first operators in the UK to fit Michelin’s new XDN2 Grip tyres, which are said to offer increased traction in the wet and on hard packed snow and icy surfaces. Located at Spean Bridge, close to Fort William, Ferguson Transport operates a fleet of 40 tractor units and 100 trailers, and has fitted the new Michelin XDN2 Grip tyres on the drive axle of one of its 460 hp Volvo FH12 6×2 tractor units.
Incorporating Michelin’s new Durable Technologies, the XDN2 Grip offers consistently high levels of traction throughout its life, supposedly without compromising mileage potential. This is achieved using a self-regenerating tread pattern which opens up new patented raindrop sipes when the tyre is two thirds worn, offering similar grip levels to that of a new tyre.
“The nature of our operation, being based in the Highlands of Scotland, demands a good mix of traction and performance and the new Michelin XDN2 Grip tyres deliver this in abundance,” says Alasdair (correct) Ferguson, Managing Director of Ferguson Transport.
“We wanted a tyre which offered improved traction combined with impressive mileage performance, to cope with operating on local roads which are subject to some of the wettest and most wintry conditions experienced anywhere in the UK. Our vehicles are also required to negotiate muddy farm tracks and forest roads while collecting and delivering from both agricultural and fish farms,” he adds.
The Volvo FH12 is expected to cover up to 140,000 km annually, operating across the UK in conjunction with either a curtainside of flatbed trailer. Amongst a long list of major customers, it will make deliveries on behalf of Skretting, part of the Nutreco Group, BSW Sawmills, Forest Enterprise, Marine Harvest, Arjo Wiggins, British Alcan, Travis Perkins and Tilhill Harvesting.
Founded in 1959, Ferguson Transport remains a family-run business and was voted Scottish Haulier of the Year 2005 by Transport News.