Gregory Distribution, one of the UK’s largest privately owned transport companies, has extended its agreement with Michelin to supply and manage the tyres on a fleet of approximately 600 trucks and 1,200 trailers, with individual policies tailored to meet the needs of the business’s different contracts.
Citing the total cost of ownership and impressive product quality as key reasons behind extending the deal, the arrangement will also see Michelin supporting Gregory Distribution as the business looks to reduce its carbon footprint.
Commenting, Andrew Chapple, head of fleet, property and procurement, at Gregory Distribution says: “Our tyre policies are quite wide ranging as we operate so many types of trucks, trailers and tankers on a variety of different contracts – moving everything from palletised dry goods to milk, food products, retail goods and frozen produce.
“Michelin knows our business very well, ensuring we always have the correct products working on the correct vehicles, helping to improve the performance and results for our customers.”
The company is currently trialling Michelin X Multi Energy tyres – specifically designed to help regional or national haulage operations reduce fuel consumption – on certain parts of the fleet.
Gregory Distribution operates a multi-life Michelin policy, regrooving worn tyres on site once the tread depth reaches 3-4mm. Worn casings are then sent back to Michelin for retreading into Michelin Remix tyres, which offer virtually the same performance as new Michelin tyres.
The firm also fits Encore retreads for some of its more rugged, off-road work – which are manufactured alongside the Remix product in Stoke-on-Trent.