Huntapac Produce renews five-year tyre management deal with Michelin06 February 2020

Vegetable and salad grower Huntapac Produce has renewed its five-year Effitires tyre management contract with Michelin, following a tender process which saw it pick Michelin for “best overall value”.

Michelin will continue to specify X Multi regional tyres across the Preston-based operator’s fleet, which includes 64 trucks, 62 refrigerated trailers, 55 bulk tipping trailers, three curtainsiders and two low loaders.

Michelin’s Effitrailer telematics system – which includes a tyre pressure monitoring system – is also being rolled out to all trailers in the fleet to maximise uptime.

Colin Postlethwaite, cost saving manager at Huntapac Produce, says: “Our fleet makes timed deliveries to major retailers across the UK on a daily basis, and a puncture can have a massive impact on the business.

“Ensuring our tyres are maintained at the optimum pressure is critical; we know that under-inflation has a negative impact on fuel efficiency and can make a tyre more susceptible to damage or sudden failure. We want to avoid downtime at all costs, and Effitrailer offers us an additional level of protection.”

Huntapac Produce is also specifying Michelin X Multi tyres as original equipment on all new assets joining its fleet.

Tyre husbandry will be performed by mobile technicians from Tructyre ATS in Bamber Bridge, including fitting replacements, regrooving, turning tyres on the rim and twinning, as well as sending worn casings back to the Michelin Remix factory in Stoke-on-Trent for retreading.

Postlethwaite adds: “Partnerships in business are very important to us and we went with performance over price. We are confident that Michelin will continue to deliver the best overall value and total cost of ownership when you take into account fleet uptime and fuel efficiency.”

Laura Cork

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