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Michelin makes the earth move for James Jones and sons

(Stoke-on-Trent – August 21, 2008) – James Jones & Sons Ltd, one of the largest suppliers of British timber in the UK, has opted for a mix of Michelin XADN and XZM tyres on its range of log handlers and forklifts.

The switch in tyre policy is part of a move that sees the mixed fleet of excavators, industrial machinery, trucks and trailers being fitted with Michelin tyres as standard, wherever possible.

The Michelin XADN radial tyre is designed to deliver exceptional reliability in a variety of applications, with its aggressive, self-cleaning tread pattern providing excellent traction, flotation and long tyre life. The rugged shoulder design protects the sidewall and enhances tyre life, whilst the high-tech casing and special tread compound provide a cushion for the operator giving improved handling and comfort.

The XZM are designed to last at least twice as long as solid or crossply tyres, with high levels of traction combined with low rolling resistance. Suitable for fitment to almost all makes and model of forklift truck, the XZM offer significantly improved driver comfort compared with solid tyres. Thanks to better shock and vibration absorption this ensures better load protection, reduced machine wear and fewer shocks being transmitted to the driver – which in turn helps to reduce fatigue
and back pain.

High productivity at James Jones & Sons makes for a gruelling working environment, with tyres put under increasing strain during the timber handling process. Iain Gale, Log-yard Manager at the Lockerbie site, says: “Our drivers have commented that the log-handling equipment is faster on the ground and easier to manoeuvre with the new Michelin XADN tyres.

“The XZM tyres have shown increased life and lower cost per unit on both the excavator-based log handlers and on the forklifts. We used to experience frequent punctures, but this is now a rare occurrence since making the switch to Michelin,” said Mr Gale. “Uneven tyre wear has also been reduced by about 90 per cent and is no longer an area of concern.”

As a result of the new tyre policy, James Jones & Sons Ltd is actively ordering all new plant for its fleet with Michelin tyres specified as original equipment. Tyre service work is carried out by three main contractors – ATS Euromaster manages all commercial vehicle tyre requirements at the Morayshire site, whilst Denton Tyres and Smiths Mobile look after the earthmover and industrial machines based in Lockerbie and Dumfries.

“Michelin tyres have proven more robust than cheaper brands we have fitted in the past, and their damage resistant characteristics ensure we suffer less downtime, which in turn has increased plant productivity and reduced overall tyre bills,” Mr Gale explains.

“As an ISO 14001 registered site we are committed to continuous improvement of our environmental performance, which includes reducing waste. Through switching to Michelin tyres we believe we have increased the approximate life of each tyre by 50 per cent compared with other brands, with increased service life reducing end-of-life tyre wastage,” he adds.

James Jones & Sons specialises in home-grown timber products for the construction, pallet and fencing industries; transporting timber nationwide. It is currently expanding the Lockerbie site which is undergoing a £20 million development with the installation of a state-of-the-art sawmill.

Michelin boasts the widest range of earthmover tyres on the market, with 45 different tread pattern designs and 420 tyre sizes. The smallest tyre in the Michelin Earthmover range weighs just 5.3 kg and the largest weighs 5,400 kg.

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