Removal Firm Fits New Michelin XDN2 Grip
The UK’s largest independent removal firm, White & Company, has just taken delivery of a new Scania drawbar combination. The vehicle is the first in the fleet to be fitted with Michelin’s XDN2 Grip tyres on its drive axle.
Roger Brown, White & Company Group Fleet Manager explaines that: “We opted for a full Michelin policy three years ago following successful trials which demonstrated that Michelin tyres have a longer life expectancy and better performance in our fleet than the alternatives. We are now trialling these new XDN2 Grip tyres as they are designed to improve traction in difficult driving conditions, ahead of hopefully rolling them out as standard fitment across similar vehicles in the fleet.”
The new Scania will be used to move customer’s personal possessions from White & Company warehouses in Bournemouth to destinations across Spain, with frequent runs to Mallorca. “Our vehicles average around 80,000 km a year, but the new Scania is expected to clock-up just over 100,000 km. We therefore want to get the most out of its tyres, and are confident that the Michelin XDN2 Grip will really deliver,” Brown adds.
The Michelin XDN2 Grip is a specialist tyre which offers increased traction in difficult driving conditions, thanks to Michelin’s Durable Technologies. The tyres use a self-regenerating tread pattern which opens up patented Raindrop sipes when the tyre is two-thirds worn, offering similar grip levels to that of a new tyre.
“Michelin’s traditional E-segment ‘regional’ tyres have performed exceptionally since we switched to a Michelin policy, coupled with the support of a fully managed tyre service contract from ATS Euromaster. I am confident the XDN2 Grip tyres will deliver further efficiencies and benefits to our fleet, and we will be monitoring their performance in terms of durability, coupled with regular feedback from our drivers,” Brown concludes.
White & Company has 16 branches across the UK, from which it operates a mixed fleet of over 150 commercial vehicles and 52 cars, all of which are fully managed on a Michelin tyre policy through ATS Euromaster. As part of the agreement, ATS Euromaster carries out detailed monthly tyre inspections across the fleet, using electronic data capture systems and a full Michelin Four Lives policy, which sees each tyre being regrooved, remoulded and regrooved again.