Hawthorns Logistics has renewed a 12 month contract with Prometeon Tyre Group, covering its entire fleet.
The agreement is on a pay-as-you-go basis and uses Prometeon’s central billing system PRO Management. For Hawthorns’ 28 tractor units and 50 trailers, Prometeon are supplying the Pirelli TR01T drive tyre.
Based in Washington, Sunderland, the family run business operates a fleet of mainly refrigerated vehicles, so delivering goods on time is key in protecting profit margins and reputation. The fleet operates seven days a week around the clock, running routes from North East England to London and Scotland. On average each vehicle covers around 260,000km (162,000 miles) or more every year and the highest volume of deliveries take place between 10pm and 5am every day.
Chris Kilsby, director at Hawthorns Logistics, said: “We replace 30 to 40 tyres a month and we rely on Prometeon to keep our trucks on the road to meet our scheduled timed delivery slots. The service from Prometeon has certainly been impressive. To quote just one example, one of our vehicles was blocking the A1 and a Prometeon dealer was there within 15 minutes getting the driver back on the road in no time at all.”
Speaking about why Hawthorn Logistics chose to renew its contract with Prometeon, Kilsby said: “We are always loyal to our suppliers who add real value to our business and are aligned with us to ensure we provide a high quality service to our customers. Prometeon and their dealers have delivered exemplary service over the last year, and we are looking forward to building the relationship further with them. Drivers need a reliable tyre with a strong tread and grip to avoid wheel spin in wet and snowy weather conditions. We’ve gained huge time efficiencies on the vehicles fitted with the TR01T drive tyres and our drivers have also seen tangible benefits in the Winter months, in terms of safety on the road and improved delivery times.”
The majority of Hawthorns’ business focuses on transporting full loads of consolidated chilled and ambient products from specialist chilled distribution centres on the East Coast to regional delivery sites across the UK. Outside of this, the fleet delivers plastic mouldings and car parts for Jaguar Land Rover and BMW. Recently the company has started to diversify into earth moving equipment with a single low loader.
Jamie Courtnage, Prometeon’s business development manager, said: “With the signing of this new contract, I’m delighted that Prometeon will continue to be working with Hawthorns Logistics. Working together we are achieving very tangible time management, efficiency and safety benefits for the Hawthorns Logistics fleet. Along, with our dedicated tyre dealer network, we’re committed to continuing to provide the excellent tyre products and proactive and seamless tyre management service that Hawthorns demands.”