Bartrums Warehousing and Distribution has taken delivery of 10 Wilcox 70 cubic yard plank sided tipping trailers, all ordered with GT Radial GT876 tyres as original equipment.
The move follows a two-year tyre test programme in which various GT Radial patterns were subjected to comparative testing across different vehicle types and wheel positions, the performance results of which saw the brand classed as main supplier to the entire fleet.
Operating over 400 motives and trailers, the Suffolk-based transport company specialises in haulage, warehousing and distribution for blue chip companies requiring full and part load distribution throughout the UK.
With a clear focus on maximising economy and performance, Bartrums has made significant investment in new vehicles including 10 Mercedes 6×2 mid-lift Actros 2545s which feature the latest in telematics technology. Vehicles are maintained by in-house maintenance and repair centre, Trumbar Truck Care.
The GT Radial GT876 is a mixed service, M+S marked tyre for steer and trailer axle positions. Designed for on and off road applications with higher loads, a wide base, extra deep tread design with anti-cut compound and stone ejectors minimises tread tearing and casing damage while providing exceptional traction.
David Reid, Transport Fleet Engineer for Bartrums, said: "In October 2010 we entered into a stringent tyre test programme with GT Radial to benchmark the product range against premium brands, and the overall performance and price per kilometre from the mid-tier range was exceptional.
"Over the last two years the day-to-day operations and savings have completely justified our decision, and as such we are more than happy to request the GT876 as OE for our new Wilcox trailer fleet."
Tony McHugh, Sales and Marketing Director at Giti Tire UK, manufacturer of GT Radial, said: "Our relationship with Bartrums is based on trust, honesty and longevity, all traits which we take to the market every day.
"Supported by a fantastic mission-matched product range and GT Assist, our recently launched commercial vehicle roadside service assistance programme, we are perfectly placed to meet the needs of fleets who are after a mid-tier tyre brand offering the right mixture of product, price and service."
Giti Tire is one of the top 10 largest tyre companies in the world in terms of both volume and revenue. The company exports to more than 100 countries and offers a complete product range for Europe including passenger car, SUV, van, light truck, heavy truck and bus tyres.
All new heavy truck and products are the result of the company’s advanced testing and evaluation programme, with more than 1,000 tyres on field test across Europe at anytime. The casings of each are designed for retreading using both cold and hot processes.