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Sharron Pattison Logistics gets to grips with Michelin

(Stoke-on-Trent – October 28, 2008) – Hull-based haulage company Sharron Pattison Logistics is fitting Michelin's XDN2 Grip tyres across its fleet of Daf heavy trucks, following a successful trial which demonstrated the new tyre's effectiveness in improving overall vehicle performance and providing increased traction to reduce wheel spin.

Sharron Pattison currently has four vehicles shod with Michelin tyres, including two with the latest XDN2 Grip tyres, but plans are underway for the 14-strong fleet to make a complete transfer to Michelin, as tyre wear dictates.

Incorporating Michelin Durable Technologies, the XDN2 Grip offers consistently high levels of traction throughout its life, without compromising mileage potential. This is achieved using a self-regenerating tread pattern which opens up new patented raindrop sipes when the tyre is two thirds worn, offering similar grip levels to that of a new tyre.

The Michelin XDN2 Grip tyres were purchased from local independent dealer Baron Tyres, which will be carrying out regular monthly tyre inspections across the fleet, with each vehicle averaging 150,000 km a year and operating on a 24/7 basis.

“We had a 530 hp tractor unit that was running on Bridgestone drive axle tyres, but we struggled to get a decent amount of grip and the tread blocks kept
tearing off. We fitted a set of Michelin XDN2 Grip tyres and without pointing out the difference to the driver, he quickly commented on how different the vehicle was handling. It was providing much more grip and there was no spinning from the drive axle – even in wet weather. Our driver could not believe that the new tyres had made such a difference,” says Gary Pattison Jnr, of Sharron Pattison Logistics.

“The decision to trial the new tyres was based on Michelin's reputation in the industry and good experiences. In our business, it's no good having a truck out of action on the hard shoulder because of a tyre failure, and we're convinced that with the quality of the Michelin tyres, tyre-related downtime will be significantly reduced,” he explains.

As the fleet changes over to new Michelin tyres, Sharron Pattison Logistics will also be trialling Michelin's unique Four Lives tyre policy, which involves a process of regrooving, remoulding and regrooving again to ensure maximum mileage performance from each Michelin tyre casing.

The Sharron Pattison fleet, with its distinctive livery and team of experienced drivers, offers a reliable, comprehensive Europe-wide haulage service. Its vehicle parc includes rigids mounted with hiab cranes, together with tractor units operating in conjunction with a range of trailers including curtainsides, flat beds, low loaders/rear steer and refrigerated trailers. Services include 24-hour, nationwide and European haulage, abnormal loads, site survey, project management and tailored logistics to suit every customer individually.

In addition, the company has just built what is believed to be the UK's largest lorry loader – an Effer 1750 crane, mounted on a four axle 150t Daf xf510 with a radius of 36m, sat on the latest Michelin tyres.

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