Having specified Michelin X Multi Energy truck tyres as original equipment on 35 new Renault 6×2 tractor units, Clugston Distribution Services is reporting an improvement in fuel consumption of up to six per cent.

The Scunthorpe-based company, which provides general distribution and road tanker transport solutions to the bulk powder and bulk fuel sectors, hailed the impressive performance of the tyres following the first six months of operation.

Commenting, Clugston Distribution Services Fleet Manager, Nigel Graham says: “We are seeing better than expected mileages across all of our diverse transport sectors due to the lower rolling resistance of this multi-life policy tyre, and, along with driver training and strict tyre management, we are achieving the improved fuel savings.”

Under Clugston’s commitment to Michelin’s multi-life policy, all of its fleet – including the 110 Renault trucks and 180 trailers at its Scunthorpe site and depots in Driffield, Teesside and Hull – are specified with the manufacturer’s tyres as original equipment.

Fitments that reach the end of their first life are regrooved and retreaded as Michelin Remix tyres – which helps extract the maximum performance from each new Michelin casing. Once the Remix tyres are worn, the business sends the casing back to Michelin to be retreaded again and this Encore tyre is then used on its flatbed trailers.

“The Michelin multi-life tyre policy works well for our fleet due to the many applications we can take advantage of,” says Graham. “Correctly managed, we can achieve up to 250,000 km from some of our first life tyres. The Remix tyre always performs just as well, which is little wonder after you see the Michelin Remix factory process in action. It’s incredible when you witness the time, effort and passion that goes into ensuring the Remix tyre is as good as a first life one.”

Graham says Michelin’s retreading solutions are unmatched and explains why Clugston has been deepening its relationship with the tyre manufacturer over almost three decades.

“We have worked hard on maximising the use of our tyres with Michelin over many years and we now have a very comprehensive tyre policy,” he adds. “It’s cost-effective and continues to deliver product performance, reliability, fuel savings and a reduction in our carbon footprint”.

Clugston, which last year celebrated its 100th year of operating commercial vehicles, runs a fleet of 28- to 44-tonne tractors with 3-axle extendable flatbed and semi-low trailers, as well as bulk fuel tankers and tipping and non-tipping discharge powder tankers. Operating throughout the UK, Clugston also provides specialist bulk food silo evacuation services.

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