UK-based steel waste container specialist Fairport Containers has binned its budget tyre policy and switched to Michelin, after a set of Michelin fitments achieved almost three times the mileage of a budget competitor in a tyre trial.
The Michelin 315/70 R 22.5 X MultiWay 3D XDE drive tyres clocked up 382,708 km – travelling more than 250,000 km further than the budget tyres’ approximate runout figure of 132,000 km at Fairport Containers’ 3 mm replacement policy – which their Lancashire-based Service Manager Lee Cunliffe describes as “miserable mileage, compared to Michelin”.
The original Michelin tyres have since been regrooved and are now on their second life, which should see them deliver up to 25 per cent more miles before being sent back to the manufacturer for retreading.
Cunliffe says: “The concept of budget tyres makes you think you are saving money, but it was actually quite the reverse. They were hitting us hard in the pocket.
“Fitting Michelin tyres also means we are unlocking additional benefits, as they offer improvements in uptime, fuel efficiency, traction, and safety. Plus, the accidental damage guarantee means our investment is protected.”
As a direct result of the trial, the Michelin policy is being rolled out across parent company Fairport Holdings’ 50-strong Mercedes-Benz truck fleet. A combined fleet of 51 trailers is also covered by the policy.