Perth-based merchant Glenalmond Timber is switching to a 100 per cent Michelin policy across its fleet of machinery following a successful trial of Michelin XZM industrial tyres on two forklift trucks. Glenalmond Timber

Glenalmond had previously been using solid tyres on its 13 counterbalance forklifts and three side-loader trucks – but Production Director Martin Clelland found they were unable to withstand the wear and tear of moving bulk loads of timber around the yard.

“The solid tyres had a reputation for being budget-savers,” says Clelland, “but they were so prone to damage that they ended up costing us astronomical amounts in repairs and replacements. We had to change them every three to four months.”

Clelland first tried Michelin’s radial tyres on the recommendation of a technician at his local ATS Euromaster centre. He had them fitted to two of his forklift trucks in 2008 – and two years on, they are still going strong. Michelin’s XZM tyres will now be fitted across the fleet as wear dictates.

“The difference is phenomenal,” says Clelland. “They’re tough; they last – and the savings are clearly going to be considerable.

“I don’t know why we didn’t switch to a 100 per cent Michelin policy before. I suppose we just didn’t realise what a difference it would make.”

Michelin’s XZM range of industrial tyres is designed to maximise uptime and profitability as well as increase longevity and durability.  They offer significantly improved driver comfort compared with solid tyres, thanks to improved shock and vibration absorption.

This ensures better load protection and reduced machine wear, and minimises the impact of shocks to the driver, cutting down on the risk of fatigue and back pain.

Glenalmond Timber is a family-owned business, founded in 1988. It has two branches, in Methven and Perth. It imports timber from Sweden, Germany and Austria. Customers include builders’ merchants, frame manufacturers and other timber merchants across the UK.

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