Michelin X MultiWay 3D drive tyres go the distance for Olivers Transport

Eccles-based haulier Olivers Transport has hit a new record-high mileage of 362,689km on a set of Michelin X MultiWay 3D XDE drive tyres in its fleet, and lauds the X MultiWay 3D-series as Michelin’s best regional tyre yet.

The four 295/80 R 22.5 X MultiWay 3D XDE tyres, which had been regrooved, were removed from a DAF 6x2 tractor unit used regularly on a return trip from the company’s Scotland base to Birmingham. “It’s never in the yard, and never travelling empty – and that says something for the extraordinary runout figures,” says Olivers Transport Fleet Engineer Kevin Hawker.

Hawker explains: “The DAF tractor pulls a double-deck curtainsider trailer to Birmingham and back, double-manned, and when we removed the tyre set during routine brake maintenance there was still 3mm usable tread on them, which would have been good for another 5,000-6,000km.

“Those are remarkable numbers for a set of drive tyres, particularly considering that when you leave our Scotland base you have to drive an hour to reach a motorway – so the tyres are dealing with all kinds of roads.”

A family-owned business, Olivers Transport runs a fleet of 30 trucks and 45 trailers, which operate throughout the UK. The haulier has specified Michelin as its preferred tyre brand for more than 25 years.

The company’s previous best runout figure, 300,921km, came from a set of Michelin XDN2 Grip drive tyres, and Hawker says the new record-high figures demonstrate how Michelin tyres’ on-road performance has improved over time.

Hawker says: “When we buy new trucks they sometimes arrive on a competing brand’s tyres, and these tyre sets act as a good benchmark to measure against our Michelin fitments. We’re often surprised by the rival brands’ disappointing performance, and this only reinforces that by fitting Michelin, we’re using a high-quality product which ticks all the boxes for durability, safety and longevity. I only buy Michelin.”

Olivers Transport has operated with a long list of Michelin tyres since it first signed up with the manufacturer in the late 1980s. Hawker insists the X MultiWay 3D range, which was launched in 2011, hits the spot for the haulier’s diverse operations, as the tyres offer strong grip, traction and handling in all weather conditions. The tyre is also designed to resist abnormal tread wear – often the cause of premature tyre replacement.

Hawker adds: “We get great performance from the X MultiWay 3D. Michelin has squared the tyre’s shoulder, improving resistance to accidental sidewall and tread damage and ensuring a wide contact patch on the road surface. That keeps our trucks safe as they negotiate Scottish peaks and motorways alike.”

Olivers Transport’s Michelin tyres are supplied by ATS Euromaster; while tyre fitting is completed in-house, so Hawker can keep a close eye on the fleet’s operating statistics and ensure the company gets maximum performance out of each casing.

Established more than 35 years ago, Olivers Transport operates a modern fleet renowned for its striking red, white and blue livery. A member of the Palletline network, the company runs an extensive range of trailers, including reefers, curtainsiders, flat-beds, extendable step frames and specialist livestock transporters.

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