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Continental stands test of time with Patersons Quarries

Scottish aggregates firm, Patersons Quarries, has agreed a five-year tyre maintenance deal with Continental-owned business R&J Strang Tyre Services Ltd.

The pair boast a 25-year professional affiliation, with the new deal bringing three decades of collaboration.

With five active quarries across Scotland’s central belt, Patersons Quarries fleet of 80 trucks are a common sight on the country’s roads. Patersons runs a range of vehicles to support the delivery of its diverse product range, including 20 eight-wheel tippers and 11 mixers for concrete deliveries.

Gordon Carlton, Transport Manager at Patersons Quarries, said: “Working in aggregates and quarrying, our tyres have to stand up to harsher treatment than in other sectors or industries. Our vehicles spend a significant portion of their day away from paved roads, and a hard-wearing compound is critical to keep them moving for longer.

“We face two major hurdles when it comes to finding the right tyres for the job. Firstly, the tyre needs to be strong enough to minimise penetration risk. A flat tyre or a blow-out is not only a safety risk for the driver and general public, but it’s also a lorry off the road and creates a delay or missed delivery for one of our customers.

“The second issue we battle is traction. The nature of our plants and our customer’s construction sites means that our vehicles are often driving over grass, mud, sand, gravel and rocks. With a vehicle typically spending 60 per cent of the day off-highway, we need to trust the tyre to help drivers remain safely in control at all times. The Continental and Bandvulc offerings enable us to meet both of these needs.”

Selected for its robustness and reliability both on-and-off road, the Patersons fleet uses the Continental CrossTrac HS3 tyre on steer axles. In a quarry and building site environment, the tyre’s robust four-belt casing and innovative tread design provides excellent grip and durability in all weathers.

On highways, the same tread design helps to maximise fuel economy over long distances, whilst the enclosed tyre shoulder inspires confidence with exceptional handling and stability characteristics. Drive axles are fitted with the Bandvulc Big D premium retreaded tyres, with the high-polymer compound, Armorband sidewall reinforcement and extra deep tread supporting Patersons’ trucks to keep going in the harshest of conditions.

All aspects of the Patersons Quarries tyre contract is managed through Continental’s R&J Strang business, as part of its wider Conti360° Fleet Solutions package. A holistic, integrated tyre management provision, Conti360° delivers a comprehensive all-round service and provides greater efficiency to help drive down running costs.

Conti360° also allows easy access to 24/7 365-day Europe-wide coverage in the event of a tyre breakdown.