Spanish-based SJL Group, with a commercial vehicle fleet that includes 1,000 trailers and covers around 80 million kilometres per year, has chosen Goodyear as its sole tyre partner.
The key factors for the SJL Group in choosing Goodyear as its partner were the quality of Goodyear Kmax tyres and TreadMax retreads, the visibility and transparency offered by Goodyear FleetOnlineSolutions and Goodyear Proactive Solutions TPMS, which will be fitted to 400 vehicles. The service coverage provided by Goodyear extending into Morocco gave further added value.
The SJL Group, which was formed in 2002 following the merger of Transportes San Jose and Transportes Lopez, has its central services based in Oiartzun, near San Sebastian in Northern Spain, with three other branches in Spain. Its Oiartzun operation serves France, the United Kingdom, the Nordic Countries, Germany, Italy and Morocco. SJL also has representation in the Netherlands.
Arnauld Belhartz, Fleet Manager of SJL Group said: “Goodyear offered the most complete package in response to our tender, with the inclusion of FleetOnlineSolutions, the tyres of course and TPMS.”
He added: “With 20,000 crossings last year, we are leaders in land transport between the EU and Africa, so the North African cover is also crucial to us. This ensures that not only will tyre-related issues be minimised but also should any incidents happen, downtime and costs will be reduced. The peace of mind that this gives us and the reduction in the Total Cost of Ownership of our tyres wherever and whenever our vehicles are operating, made Goodyear our choice as tyre partner.”
FleetOnlineSolutions is an Internet based tyre management program, which helps fleets reduce costs thanks to minimising administration and vehicle downtime. It ensures that operators receive agreed levels of service and pricing anywhere in Europe, with on-line reporting and full operational visibility. Its database includes all the contract-company’s vehicles, locations, tyre policy, agreed terms and services covered. This means that work is carried out quickly to the customer’s exact requirements even in another country with a different language. Payments are made automatically at agreed prices so there are no delays obtaining credits or agreeing prices.
Goodyear Proactive Solutions TPMS provides constant real-time monitoring of tyre pressures and temperatures in order to reduce breakdowns and optimise tyre life, fuel economy and operational costs. Its on-board router records data continuously and transmits them to a Goodyear cloud. In the event of irregularities, alerts are emailed from the server to the fleet manager and/or via an app in real time. Thanks to Goodyear G-Predict Technology, the data allows tyre life to be predicted and maintenance proactively planned with minimal impact on operations.