Willenhall-based Aspray Transport, specialists in providing logistics solutions to the lock, hardware, nuts, bolts, engineering and fastener industries, has adopted a new tyre policy for its 300 trucks and 100 trailers, following the appointment of ATS Euromaster to fit and proactively manage Michelin tyres across its fleet.
The move marks a change in preferred tyre brand and supplier, which has been combined with a move to fitting remoulds for the first time, replacing the company’s previous strategy of fitting only new tyres. Aspray will also begin regrooving tyres on its 150 7.5 tonne urban distribution vehicles - a process previously reserved for heavier trucks and trailers in the fleet.
Ian Barclay, Operations Director at Aspray Transport explains: “A key factor in our decision to change service partners was ATS Euromaster’s ability to provide nationwide support, with its own centres and extensive mobile service fleet best equipped to provide a prompt on-site response at each of our 12 depots.
“Choosing the right tyres is fundamental to our business as they literally keep our fleet moving. We trialled some Michelin tyres over the last year and compared with our existing Goodyear fitment, we recorded significantly increased longevity. What’s more, the joint ATS Euromaster and Michelin offer combines a number of environmental, financial and safety benefits which we feel matches our company’s reputation as a quality player in the specialist hardware distribution sector,” he says.
The new policy sees ATS Euromaster take over from Hi-Q, with a brief to replace existing Goodyear tyres across the fleet as wear dictates, and used casings returned to Michelin for remoulding at its Encore facility in Stoke-on-Trent. This allows Aspray to undertake a smooth switch over to a dual Michelin and Michelin Remix policy, whilst still benefiting from casing credits for its old Goodyear tyres.
All new Michelin tyres fitted to Aspray’s vehicles will be proactively managed by ATS Euromaster to follow the Four Lives tyre programme, which will include regrooving worn Michelin tyres for a second life and then remoulding the worn regrooved tyres into Michelin Remix tyres for a third life. Finally, a worn Remix tyre can be regrooved again to ensure the maximum possible mileage performance from each premium Michelin tyre casing.
Commenting on the decision to fit remould tyres for the first time, Barclay adds: “We’ve previously only fitted new tyres to the fleet, so this marks a major step change in the way we operate. Unlike many remould processes, Remix tyres are not just fitted with a new tread band, but new sidewall rubber facing from bead-to-bead. The process mirrors the way a new tyre is built and we’re confident they will deliver almost identical performance to that of a new Michelin tyre.”
This change is being combined with a targeted regroove rate of 40 per cent across its entire fleet of commercial vehicles above 7.5 tonnes, which will represent a significant increase in the number of regrooves carried out. All regrooving will be undertaken on-site by ATS Euromaster’s fleet of mobile technicians, with a typical regroove delivering an additional 25 per cent tyre life by using the extra layer of base rubber built into all new Michelin and Remix truck tyres as standard.
Aspray Transport offers a nationwide next day delivery service via its own network of depots, commercial vehicles (ranging from 3.5 to 38 tonnes) and employees. The company has the ability to handle jiffy bags, cartons, bundles, sacks, pallets, part and full loads on a next day basis nationwide, providing customers with the highest added value services.
Its main hub in Willenhall is complemented by its bespoke logistics facility comprising a 70,000 ft² warehouse with 24 hour CCTV and manned security, from where the company can load or unload containers, offer short or long term warehousing, as well as pick and pack options through to full supply chain management.
For further information on Aspray Transport visit: www.aspraytransport.co.uk
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