CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY SPECIALIST BIKER GROUP SAYS IT’S SAVING UP TO £80,000 A YEAR ON FUEL COSTS AND TYRE-RELATED DOWNTIME AFTER TAKING ON A 100 PER CENT MICHELIN POLICY.
Rolling resistance data provided by the manufacturer – and verified by the firm – shows the efficiencies given by the Michelin X Works tyres have helped cut its annual CO2 emissions by 209 tonnes thanks to the improved fuel efficiency.
The company has been using a combination of Michelin and competitor fitments until two years ago, when it signed its entire fleet up to the manufacturer’s multi-life policy – using a mix of 295/80 R22.5 and 315/80 R22.5 new and Michelin Remix tyres across its rigids and tractor units, and 385/65 R 22.5 on trailers.
“On some days our vehicles may only do up to four miles, but in some pretty atrocious quarry conditions where they can take a real hammering,” says managing director Tony Biker. “We also need them to be flexible enough to cater for primarily road-based deliveries at other times. Since moving to a 100 per cent Michelin policy we have seen a noticeable reduction in downtime due to tyre damage; plus, we’re benefitting from improved fuel efficiency, which in turn cuts emissions too.”
Biker Group takes advantage of the manufacturer’s accidental tyre damage guarantee which promises to refund customers in the event that accidental damage is suffered before a new or Remix tyre is 50 per cent worn, subject to terms and conditions.
And with the Remix policy it also gets multiple lives from each new casing, with the potential for a worn Remix tyre to be re-treaded again through Michelin’s Encore remoulding process.
The Michelin X Works range is designed for operators which do most of their mileage on roads but need traction and robustness on rough tracks and construction sites for deliveries. Michelin’s manufacturing process uses Powercoil, a new generation of steel casing cables which, says the company, help to make each tyre lighter and more robust, leading to better endurance and reduced rolling resistance. Michelin X Works drive tyres also feature Z-sipes to increase the traction on snow and ice.
Biker Group employs more than 150 people, and provides a range of services to the construction industry including materials handling, concrete, waste management, haulage and ground works.