Leading German tyre manufacturer, Continental Tyres, is offering commercial fleet operators its Conti360º solutions to better manage their fleet vehicle tyres more efficiently in order to reduce fuel and mileage costs.
The challenge for fleet managers, especially for large fleets, is the constant monitoring of vehicle conditions to ensure reduced downtime and optimised operational costs. Having tyres in good operating condition, and properly inflated, will ensure optimal fuel economy and mileage, which will maximise profit and minimise cost for businesses.
In a survey conducted by Continental in Malaysia, about 20% of fleets’ tyres are severely underinflated while about 38% are moderately underinflated. This could result in tyre damage, loss of mileage and fuel, as well as increased risk of tyre breakdown while on the road. Continental also estimates that a vehicle that travels 100,000 km with as little as 10% under-inflation of its tyres could see increase in fuel and mileage costs by up to RM3,100 annually.
Furthermore, according to the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS), one of top 5 reasons in crashes involving Heavy Commercial Vehicles were related to tyre issues. Hence, Continental’s Conti360º suite are solutions designed to help commercial fleet operators with tyre management so that they can focus on their core business.
The Continental Conti360º suite offers:
- Core Services: the Continental technical team conducts an analysis on operators’ fleet tyres to provide feedback on tyre performance, sharing industry-best tyre maintenance practises on efficient tyre handling and assisting in specialised driver trainings. The training modules for drivers focus on the importance of driver behaviour, good tyre usage and maintenance practises, and the significance of good pressure maintenance.
- Advanced Services: provides fleets with ContiFleetCheck, a comprehensive health check solution where the Continental technical team will perform routine inspections using advanced digital tools which relay data to proprietary systems for in-depth analysis of tyre conditions including pressure and tread depth. This active engagement provides managers with an overview of their fleet’s tyre efficiency, identifies trends and patterns of common causes of failures observed in the tyres, identifies areas for cost reductions and provides recommendations to be taken to further increase tyre life.
- Digital Solutions: an end-to-end completely automated offering with sensors that enable 24/7 monitoring of tyres on the road. Fleet managers are kept abreast and alerted via an online portal and analytics dashboards on potential punctures, pressure loss, tread depth etc, to help them manage tyres, prolong tyre life and increase vehicle safety on the road.
“Though tyres contribute only 5% to a fleet’s costs, they do influence around 50% of the fleet’s operational costs through fuel consumption, repairs & maintenance and administration. Conti360º is designed specifically to minimise these costs with three distinct services & solutions that cater to the diverse needs of our customers depending on their fleet size and operating conditions. Customers who implemented Conti360º solutions have realised savings in the form of reduced fuel expenses by up to 3%, and increased tyre mileage by 20% while seeing significant increase in vehicle and driver safety,” said Winson Khoo Han Kee, National Sales Manager of Trucks and Tyres at Continental Tyre Malaysia.
According to Andrea Somorova, Managing Director of Continental Tyre Malaysia, the aim of Continental is to move beyond the transactional relationship so often associated with commercial tyres, and shift to a technology-backed, value-added and functional partnership with its commercial fleet customers.
“The technology within Conti360º will help our customers maximise their investments on tyres while deriving benefit from long-term after sales technical support and performance monitoring. Conti360º solutions is the next step in fleet management operations. Our investment in the development of these technologies, is our continuous commitment to our commercial and fleet customers to address real challenges so they can better meet their business goals,” she said.