Newton Abbot-based heating oil and fuel specialist Heltor has returned to a full Michelin tyre policy across its fleet of more than 50 commercial vehicles, less than two years after switching to a competing premium brand.
Following the move, Heltor closely monitored the performance of the new tyres against existing Michelin fitments within the fleet, and was able to track the precise tyre cost per kilometre between the two brands.
Heltor fleet operations manager, Ian Peacock said: “The change in tyre policy was designed to reduce our vehicle operating costs, but in actual fact we saw our tyre bills rising.
“We compared our new Pirelli fitments versus existing Michelin tyres on like-for-like vehicles, and there was a noticeable difference in performance. The Michelins were consistently delivering around 65 per cent greater tyre life on the drive axle, and more than twice the life on our trailers. You can’t argue with that kind of performance advantage.”
Michelin is now supplying 100 per cent of all commercial vehicle tyres to Heltor on a ‘purchase and supply’ agreement, which includes fitting and tyre husbandry carried out by local Tructyre ATS centres in Heathfield, Bodmin and Bridgwater. The centres service Heltor’s depots at Heathfield, Plymouth, St Austell, Barnstaple and Wellington. All tyres follow a multi-life policy which includes regrooving and retreading as Michelin Remix tyres – a process which helps to extract the maximum performance from each new Michelin casing.
Since returning to Michelin, Heltor said it has been impressed with the adherence to the new Michelin X Multi policy – including high regroove rates – and the single consolidated invoicing, which wraps up both tyre supply and servicing. This has included use of Michelin’s new and easy-to-use online pre-authorisation portal, which allows Heltor to approve each job online – ensuring its monthly bill is aligned to the precise work carried out.