McGill’s Buses has extended its 19-year relationship with Michelin, signing a new Effitires contract with Michelin Services and Solutions to cover its fleet of buses. Michelin has been supplying and managing the business’ tyres since 2002.
Russell Henderson, Engineering Director at McGill’s Buses, said: “We have worked with Michelin for many years on our tyre solution, and are very happy to be able to continue that partnership as our fleet expands.
“It’s always been a great working relationship with our counterparts at Michelin; the communication between the two companies is seamless and that’s the key for the success. The new contract offers us the best value and quality product for our team.”
All tyres fitted to McGill’s vehicles will be carefully managed through a multi-life policy with Michelin’s skilled technicians re-grooving worn tyres on site once the tread depth reaches 3-4mm, helping to extend each tyre’s life in its most fuel-efficient state. Once the re-grooved tyres have worn, they will be retreaded at the Michelin Remix plant in Stoke – a process which Michelin said saves natural resources and doubles the Michelin casing lifespan as well as supporting UK manufacturing.
In line with the Michelin’s 4R strategy – reduce, reuse, recycle, and renew – all worn casings follow the company’s stringent environmental disposal programme.
“Our two businesses have a strong focus on sustainability and that was a major aspect in agreeing the contract extension,” added Russell. “With Michelin’s innovative tyre management policy, we can secure additional mileage from our tyres and in turn reduce our environmental footprint.”
Michelin will fit predominantly urban bus tyres across the fleet, using Michelin X InCity HL Z tyres which feature reinforced sidewalls to protect against kerbing and accidental damage, which helps reduce wheel interventions and downtime. The latest generation X Multi Z & D tyres will be fitted on some of the smaller single-deck buses.
McGill’s also specifies Michelin tyres as original equipment on all new vehicles joining its fleet.