Fleet efficiency drives change in tyre choices

Michelin has found that replacement tyre choices in the UK in the freight industry are shifting in a bid to gain efficiency benefits.

Tyre size drift for HGV equipmentDemand for replacement HGV tyres in the UK is continuing to show a steady shift towards a lower aspect ration with 315/70 R 22.5 fitments being favoured over 295/80 R 22.5 tyres, due to growing Euro VI registrations and operators realising the total cost of ownership benefits, according to Michelin.

Figures released by the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers Association which show the the long-time favourite of UK hauliers, the 295/80 R 22.5 has decreased its share of the replacement market by 3 points since 2010. Meanwhile, over the same time scale, the 315/70 R 22.5 has increased its share by 3.4 points, and the 315/80 R 22.5 by 0.6 points.

Michelin says this trend is strengthening year on year, with the 295/80 decreasing by 1 point between 2014 and 2015 and the 315/70 growing by 1.7 points – figures closely mirroring its own new tyre sales.

Guy Heywood, Commercial Director of Michelin Tyre says: “More and more operators are realising that moving to 315/70 tyres can reduce their running costs and open access to the very latest generations of products, which tend to be developed in this size first due to its popularity across Europe.

“Our own surveys, and trials we’ve carried out in conjunction with truck manufacturers, have shown the benefits offered by 315/70 tyres – particularly in terms of fuel efficiency and tyre longevity. Now operators are experiencing these benefits in their own fleets too, it’s driving one of the most notable changes in tyre buying habits we’ve seen this side of the millennium.”

Michelin offers an extensive line-up of tyres in the most popular sizes, with its 315/70 R 22.5 range featuring the very latest technology used in tyre design and construction. The X Line Energy range combines optimum fuel-efficiency for long distance operations with great mileage potential, whilst its popular X MultiWay 3D tyres are designed for maximum mileage potential and traction on regional or national work, whilst still being very competitive on fuel.

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