John Mitchell Haulage & Warehousing, one of Scotland’s largest hauliers, has clocked-up more than 30 years as a joint ATS Euromaster and Michelin customer after signing a new five year pence-per-kilometre (PPK) tyre contract.
For over three decades ATS Euromaster and Michelin have managed the tyres across the John Mitchell Haulage & Warehousing fleet of commercial vehicles, which was one of the first road transport operators in the country to adopt a PPK approach to its tyre requirements in 1992.
With a mixed fleet of 350 MAN and Mercedes-Benz trucks as well as Dennison trailers operating from its base in Grangemouth, the agreement sees ATS Euromaster support the company with monthly fleet inspections and UK-wide emergency roadside assistance in the event of a tyre-related breakdown.
Iain Mitchell, Managing Director of John Mitchell Haulage & Warehousing, comments: “We have worked with our local ATS Euromaster service centre in Falkirk for more than 30 years and see them as part of our team. Some of the managers we deal with today were tyre fitters when we first started our partnership and it’s one of the reasons why we continue to work together today - trust and experience.
“In this climate, we have to be innovative in every way we work. The PPK structure enables us to monitor costs, work smarter and helps deliver savings which have a direct impact on our bottom line."
The contract sees John Mitchell Transport Services continue with an all-Michelin tyre policy across its fleet, supported by ATS Euromaster’s 250 frontline rapid response vehicles, which are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide emergency roadside assistance in the event of a tyre-related breakdown.
Mitchell adds: “With so many trucks on the road spread across the UK, we have total peace of mind that in the event of a tyre-related breakdown we have the back-up of the largest specialist truck tyre supplier in the UK. Michelin tyres have always delivered high mileage performance and offered us the best all-round casing durability, so we saw no reason to change our policy.”
Michelin’s XZE2+ regional tyres are fitted to tractor unit steer axles, with the drive axles benefiting from Michelin’s latest XDN2 Grip tyres, which use a self-regenerating tread pattern that opens up new patented raindrop sipes when the tyre is two-thirds worn, ensuring the tyres offer similar grip levels to that of a new tyre. Trailers are equipped with Michelin XTE3 tyres, designed for both regional and national haulage.
John Mitchell Haulage & Warehousing has operated from Grangemouth, Scotland, since 1956. The company has been awarded a number of industry accolades including the prestigious Motor Transport Haulier of the Year Award in 2002.
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