One of the UK’s biggest freight haulage companies has given Bridgestone its most glowing endorsement in recent years, citing greater environmental benefits, improved road handling, reduced downtime and practical fuel savings per annum, amounting to around £500,000.
Pentalver’s Fleet Manager David Baldwin (left) is pictured with Bridgestone’s Commercial Operations Manager Paul Sheehan
Pentalver, a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W), which offers a range of container services including road haulage and container conversions, operates a fleet of over 350 tractor units and 900 trailers in the UK – all fitted on a combination of Bridgestone’s latest generation Ecopia H002 tyres and Bandag retread products.
The two companies have forged a close relationship over the past 12 years and Bridgestone is well placed to further strengthen its position in the years to come. Operating a UK wide terminal network, Pentalver has forged an ‘indispensable’ relationship with the world’s largest tyre and rubber company, benefiting from its Webfleet Telematics offering and latest technological advances.
Pentalver’s plaudits reinforce Bridgestone’s multi-faceted approach to commercial fleet management, featuring product, services, channels, reporting methods and telematics insights.
Bridgestone’s tyre partnership with Pentalver features the following aspects:
Ø Short haul (Inland based) vehicles: Trucks – Ecopia H002 on front, Bandag retread on lift and drive axles. Trailers: Bandag retread.
Ø Long haul (Port based): Trucks – Ecopia H002 on front and lift axles, Bandag retread on rear. Trailers: Bandag retread.
Ø Bridgestone’s Webfleet Solutions telemetry system implemented across the whole fleet to understand drivers-habits, use of cruise control, etc in attempt to save on fuel.
Ø Bridgestone Partner network for breakdown assistance and round-the-clock tyre support.
Pentalver’s Fleet Manager David Baldwin said: “Bridgestone is a leading global tyre manufacturer and the technology at their disposal is as good, if not better, than anything I have ever come across.
“We have made the right choice in supplier, both from a technical and people point of view, as we’re benefitting from significant cost savings and are being treated as a unique business with bespoke needs by a talented team of professionals, who are experts in their field.”