Gregory Distribution signs Michelin drive tyre fleet deal
Gregory Distribution’s Davidstow-based milk collection fleet will use Michelin’s XDN2 Grip Remix policy on its drive axles following successful trials over the last 18 months. Francis Doney, transport manager in Davidstow, says: “Initially we put the XDN2 Grip Remix tyres on a single vehicle. This delivered strong results so we upped the trial to six tankers last winter. The tyres made a significant difference and we were able to complete the majority of all milk collections throughout winter 2010/2011, despite the heavy snow.”
Michelin XDN2 Grip and XDN2 Grip Remix tyres have a high-grip tread pattern for improved traction in wet and slippery conditions. Last winter Gregory Distribution used the six tankers shod with XDN2 Grip Remix tyres for collections in areas of Cornwall worst-affected by snow. “The strategy worked well,” says Doney. “I am now putting in place a policy to fit these tyres across our milk collection fleet in Davidstow for our Dairy Crest contract.”
In addition to the extra grip the XDN2 Grip provides, the incorporation of Michelin’s Durable Technologies helps to improve mileage potential, using a self-regenerating tread pattern which opens up new patented raindrop sipes when the tyre is two thirds worn, offering what Michelin claims will be similar grip levels to that of a new tyre.
In conjunction with service provider ATS Euromaster, Gregory Distribution has tracked the performance of the 315/80 R 22.5 XDN2 Grip Remix tyres against standard drive-axle fitments from other tyre manufacturers fitted to identical Volvo 6×2 tankers. “This comparative test ensured we’re not only fitting a tyre which gives us the best traction year-round, it also offers a very competitive cost per kilometre,” adds Doney. The company is now rolling-out the trial to milk collection vehicles operating from its sites in Lostwithiel and North Tawton.
Gregory Distribution took over the Davidstow-based fleet in December 2008, when Dairy Crest transferred the milk collection operations of its Davidstow creamery. Last year Gregory Distribution signed a new three year deal with ATS Euromaster to fit Michelin tyres across its fleet of more than 400 trucks and 650 trailers.
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