Tructyre (Fleet Management) Ltd and DRC Communications had their annual Silverstone Experience Day on Sunday 18th September 2016. This was a unique experience that involved full hospitality and included the BTCC round on the National Circuit, and combining with the drivers experiences on the South Circuit in Ferrari, Aston Martin’s and single seaters, followed by hot laps in the Caterham.
Jonathan Jempson and Mark Chamberlain with one of their latest MAN 24, 480 TGX Efficientline Euro-6 tractors next to their 1937 Commer N3 rigid, immaculately restored by their Commercial team.
Tructyre would like to congratulate Rye-based Jempson’s on their 150th anniversary. Today they are one of the largest transport enterprises in the South East with a combined fleet of over 85 commercial vehicles and 160 trailers.
John Jempson & Son remain an independent family run business, who today operate three separate business units. Their general haulage division delivers transport services to a wide spectrum of clients throughout the UK and Europe. They also operate Jempson’s Palletforce. This division collects and delivers pallet freight throughout the South East and nationally via the network.
To ensure they keep their fleet on-the-road, they demand the highest standards of maintenance and repair. To achieve this, they formed Jempson’s Commercials with a specialist team of manufacturer trained technicians over 30 years ago.
One specialist skill the company delegates is tyre management. Here, Steve Shingleton, General Manager of Strategic Sales for Tructyre, is delighted to announce they have been appointed sole provider commencing 1st July 2016.
Mark Chamberlain, Managing Director said: “we were in the market for a tyre service provider who could deliver the same high levels of service as Jempson’s Commercials. Tructyre came highly recommended from other Transport Association members, and after trialling them for 6 months, their service-levels exceeded our expectations”.
He added: “We particularly appreciate their proactive tyre monitoring service. A problem spotted today really does save next weeks’ breakdown – keeping our fleet operational is critical”.
‘Blistering’ was the word of the weekend for GWS Motorsport, as the team set a scorching pace at the searingly hot 24H Barcelona, only for sweltering temperatures to impact their race performance.
The 5-strong team of principal Glenn Sherwood, Jamie Stanley, Adam Knight, Adam Balon and new recruit Ben Clucas were on top form at the start of the weekend, steering the Hankook-backed Lotus Evora GT4 to SP3 class pole.
That impressive form continued into race day, with Stanley building a commanding lead over the rest of the SP3 field when he took the first stint of the 24-hour race. In fact, Stanley edged such a gap that he was able to hand over the car to Knight after 95 minutes and the team still emerge in front.
Even in the early part of the race, sweltering conditions were causing problems for several cars on the grid, with many drivers claiming the 24H Barcelona to be the hottest race they have ever contested.
The rising mercury also began to impact GWS Motorsport's Evora. The temperature soared so high in the first few hours that it affected some of the car’s electrical fuses, which led to the fuel pump fuse blowing and the car stopping out on track. While the team was able to repair the problem and get going again, the time it took to be towed back to the garage and sort the issue cost them several laps.
To add to the challenge, the Evora’s fuel pump fuse malfunctioned for a second time not long after it re-started, dropping GWS Motorsport 12 laps off the SP3 class lead.
Undeterred, the team set about bringing this gap down, with Clucas driving a storming first stint to bring the Evora back in touch with the front of the field. He then handed over to Balon, who continued to reel in the other SP3 class cars.
As dusk fell, Stanley took the helm again for his second stint, bringing the Evora back up to 6th, feeling confident that GWS Motorsport could still challenge for a podium.
However, this ambition was not to be, as after eight hours of racing in the burning Barcelona heat, a snapped drive shaft caused considerable damage to the car – most notably punching a hole in the gearbox – which brought the team’s bid for victory to an early close.
“We went to Barcelona with the intention to win and we had the pace to do it, so it’s a shame the heat and its related technical problems got in our way,” concluded Stanley. “We’ve got a lot to be positive about though, in terms of the pace we set in the early part of the weekend and the performance we know we’re capable of achieving.”
“In motorsport you have to take the rough with the smooth, so we’re remaining pragmatic about this weekend’s result,” added Sherwood. “The team did a fantastic job in extreme heat.”
“You never quite know what’s going to happen in a 24-hour race and Barcelona wasn’t our day. I’d like to thank Hankook for their support, and the pace we had in practice and qualifying really gives me confidence about the results we can achieve going forward.”
GWS Motorsport pairing Glenn Sherwood and Jamie Stanley return to the track in their Hankook-Tructyre Lotus Evora GT4 to contest this weekend's 24H Barcelona at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (2/3/4 September).
The dynamic duo will be joined by Adam Knight, who helped steer the team to 11th in class at the Dubai 24-hour earlier this year, and Adam Balon, who will replace final Dubai quartet member Ossy Yusuf.
Following their strongest endurance race showing to date in Dubai, GWS Motorsport has also enlisted the skills of Ben Clucas to enhance their charge for SP3 class honours. Clucas has pedigree in series including Pirelli World Challenge, the British GT Championship, and most recently the Dutch Supercar Challenge.
Having finished agonisingly close to the SP3 class top 10 in their first outing earlier this season, GWS Motorsport have been working incredibly hard to
develop their Hankook-backed machine, focusing on making the car more consistent on long runs, which they hope to put to good use this weekend.
"It's great to be getting back in the car again, especially after all the hard work we've put in to make sure the car is in a good place for Barcelona," commented driver and team principal, Glenn Sherwood. "With the support and expertise of our partner Hankook, we're confident that we will be challenging for SP3 class honours."
"Dubai was a great start to our season, but we feel even better prepared for the 24H Barcelona," added GWS Motorsport pro-driver, Jamie Stanley. "We've learned a lot of lesson in testing, and Ben coming on board gives us a great shot at class victory."
Track action gets underway this Friday (2nd September), with live raceday coverage on Motors TV this Saturday (3rd September) from 13:00 BST.
Tructyre are always committed to maximising the life of your fleets tyres. The recent investment and launch of our new specialist Tructrak division, marks another step towards this goal. Tructrak are our dedicated on-site wheel alignment team equipped with the latest laser technology. Our highly trained and experienced technicians will ensure your vehicle's wheels are aligned to minimise friction and rolling resistance in your fleet.
Glenn Sherwood, Tructyre's founder, stated “this new division will further enhance the value we strive to deliver to our customers. We can deliver real savings in both tyre wear and fuel usage, as well as improving safety, through ensuring your
vehicles wheel are correctly aligned. Tructrak, together with our ongoing implementation of new technologies like TyreWatch, underlines our commitment to the interests of our customers, now and into the future.”
Tructyre held its annual drivers award in May at the legendary Silverstone GP circuit, home of the British GP.
The award for drivers of its large 120 + service vehicle fleet, who’s driving in terms of “no” accidents, safety and driver behaviour measured by on board telematics is measured over the year.
A typical Tructyre service vehicle will cover 20,000 + miles per annum, in various environments, and the company takes pride in assuring our drivers drive safely and responsibly.
The prize was a day out at Silverstone and the opportunity to drive some hot cars supplied by GWS Motorsport, and tuition by the current British GT pro driver, Jamie Stanley and Ben Clucus.
The lucky winners were: Paul Grocock – Aldershot Depot Renats Skavronskis – Banbury Depot Danny Jackson – Crawley Depot Adam Gee – Banbury Depot Justin Hunt – Swindon Depot
Despite a wet day, which was challenging, a good day was had by all.
John Brand, Group Operations Manager said “it was good to be able to award our drivers and to let off some driving steam, but in a safe environment on a race track, and not on the road, and the competition will continue in 2016\17”
Since 2003, PICS have become the standard prequalification and auditing service in many industries, including construction, energy, telecoms, oil and gas, mining, manufacturing, and transportation. Today, PICS Auditing is used by over 300 of the world’s biggest organisations, in over 100 countries, to align their supply chains to sustainable business practices.
The Tructyre Group underwent PICS Accreditation to endorse its commitment to Health and Safety, best working practises and processes, established training programs and compliance reporting. We considered accreditation an integral step in our business plans, particularly for our Commercial Tyres Off Highway division. Given the increased health and safety requirements applicable, and the synergy with clients operating heavy plant, we were keen to prove our commitment as tyre professionals with PICS.
John Brand, Group Operations Manager says: "As with all external testing, the PICS accreditation stages were thorough, rigorous and detailed – exactly as you'd hope. However, when we engage with new clients, the investment in our PICS status shows we are qualified to perform high quality work consistently. Today, we find more road-based customers are subscribing to PICS, which underlines its value to the Tructyre Group."
PICS was an abbreviation of 'Pacific Industrial Contractor Screening', so the new Avetta name better reflects the evolution into a global brand. It also underlines its core strategy, to 'vet' suppliers for regulatory compliance and supply chain risk management.
Police Constable Bob Lewis sends Tructyre a note of thanks:
“Can I just make you aware of an Incident I was dealing with on the A34 near Bullington Cross this evening at about 19.30 hours. I had been stuck with a 7.5 Box van with a French driver, he had been there about an hour prior to me arriving. His English was not to great but he stated that he had called his company in France with regards to getting the nearside front tyre changed. We were still there at 21.00 hours with no sign of anyone coming out.”
“At this point I contacted Tructyre and spoke with Liz Parker she was bright and chirpy and nothing was any trouble, details were taken and payment obtained. Your recovery driver attended within about half an hour, and again WHAT a Service he provided the French driver was on his way I think in about 45 minutes from me calling. I have to say I was very impressed with the service provided by the staff, the French driver took your details and I will be more than happy with the service
provided from the initial call to recommend your company.”
“Can you pass on my thanks please?”
Police Constable 2824 Bob Lewis
Hampshire Constabulary & Thames Valley Police Joint Operations Unit,
Roads Policing Unit,
Whitchurch Police Station
Pat O’Grady, General Manager commented: “A big thank you to both Liz Parker and Bryn Gates. This is what Tructyre is all about in terms of service and commitment.”
Figures from our ISO audit confirm that the Tructyre mobile service team assisted more than 20,000 roadside breakdowns last year, with an average arrival time of 47.5 minutes – day or night.
With over 110 technicians and service vehicles, operating from 25 depots throughout the southern half of England, we aim to maximise vehicle uptime with our emphasis on proactive prevention.
The results for 2015 show this model pays dividends with response times for roadside breakdowns. More than 20,000 jobs were received and routed to our nearest available technician. From the initial phone call, we achieved an average arrival time of under 48 minutes, day or night. This performance is typically 20%-35% faster than other networks, and 45%-60% quicker than industry KPIs.
Less time spent waiting at the side of the road, means that vehicles continue their journey sooner, maximising uptime for the fleet operator. Across these breakdown jobs, our customers benefitted from an average of 13,000 hours of additional uptime, worth in excess of £1.9 million to fleet operators.
Commenting on this performance, Glenn Sherwood, Tructyres’ founder, said: “I’m immensely proud of the rapid service we deliver to our customers when they need it most.”
“Especially as this performance was achieved whilst adding 1,700 vehicles to our fleet management portfolio. We trained more technicians, invested in our new service centre and acquired more service vehicles to support this increase in fleet size. We were targeting an improvement in arrival time, but to surpass it so profoundly is particularly gratifying for us all.”
“Over the years, our customers have always stated that lost uptime is not only a headache, it’s one of their most expensive overheads. So every minute we can save them reduces their operating costs.”
“To reduce fleet costs further, we have always championed proactive fleet checks; correcting tyre pressures and inspecting for damage and tread wear on a scheduled basis. This maximises your fleet’s tyre life and reduces the likelihood of tyre failures – the result is more uptime with lower costs”.
After 20 years, Tructyre hope they have earned their place as one of Europe’s largest privately owned truck tyre service providers.
Funding Won for Pathway to Autonomous Commercial Vehicles Project.
A consortium initiated by Tructyre has won £1.2 million of funding for its "Pathway to Autonomous Commercial Vehicles" project. This project aims to develop "an innovative solution to monitor key information from the vehicle and predict safety risks based on analytics". It builds on a prototype which monitors tyre pressures and temperatures in commercial vehicles, combined with always-on network connection.
Eight projects have been awarded £20 million in funding to develop the next generation of autonomous vehicles:
The project is set to last two years from its initiation on 1 April 2016 and sees Tructyre Fleet Management Ltd partner with University of Portsmouth, Satellite Applications Catapult and RL Automotive in its work.
Tructyre managing director Glenn Sherwood explained how the bid success is the result of 18 months of preparation that evolved out of Tructyre’s fleet management work. The next step saw Tructyre approach the University of Portsmouth with a view to running research designed to take TPMS type equipment "to the next level".
The university said the pre-research was innovative and deserved to be forwarded to Innovate UK. Along the way Catapult (a firm that works with GPS/black box technology) as well as RL Automotive (which is known for its tyre scanning equipment) also got involved.
The motivation came from the recognition that the role of commercial vehicles in general and the importance of tyres and wheels in particular is somewhat underrepresented in the field of cutting edge telematics and driverless research. Evidence of this can be seen in the fact that Tructyre’s successful bid is the only one of eight to address either commercial vehicles or tyres. While all the major tyre manufacturers are running their own TPMS programmes, the fact that Tructyre applied as an independent no doubt helped the firm make a good case.
Results are expected to come quickly. As we have seen, the project begins on 1 April. The two year effort is split into four modules, the first of which is due to be completed in the summer of 2016. Therefore it should only be a matter of months before we start hearing what the consortium has learnt. In any event, the project is described as "more than TPMS". Instead it is aiming to produce "proper tyre telematics" and the even more valuable real life data that comes with the development of such a system.
Our Owner and MD Glenn Sherwood takes part in Dubai 24 HR Race.
The race which is now the 4th largest 24-hour race in the world after the Le-mans 24HR, Daytona 24HR, Nürburgring Germany 24HR and then Dubai.
After being forced out of the 2013 Dubai 24-hour due to someone else’s accident, Glenn Sherwood and Jamie Stanley made amends at the 2016 event, qualifying inside the SP3 class top 10 and finishing the race just outside.
Glenn commented "We had a good race and the team would like me to run in the Barcelona 24HR in September, as being an amateur of the Pro-am part of our class I did more driving than the others in class" so watch this space!
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