Transics, Michelin and Key Driving Competences join forces to develop fuel consumption savings in Europe

Unique new joint offering will help carriers reduce and monitor fuel consumption by 7%

Transics International, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of high-end fleet management solutions, has entered into a unique cooperation agreement with tyre manufacturer Michelin and Key Driving Competences (KDC), a leading training institute. The three parties, all leaders in their respective fields, will market an integrated offering that combines MICHELIN X® Energy™ Savergreen tyres, fleet monitoring with Transics’ telematics solution and driver training by KDC, to help carriers drive more ecologically and economically. The “Fuel Commitment Plan” is estimated to cut fuel consumption by at least 7% on a long-haul 40T truck. The first projects have just kicked off in France and Spain.

Transics has been making great efforts to promote eco driving, over the past few years. Smart tools, such as driving behaviour analysis, kilometre optimization and document management foster an economical and ecological driving behaviour. In 2009, the group stepped up its commitment to sustainability by joining forces with Key Driving Competences. This Belgian training institute analyses the trip and driving behaviour data logged by the Transics on-board computer and offers driver performance training – and permanent monitoring – to optimize and adjust the employee’s driving style.

Monitor the fuel savings

The new framework agreement with Michelin perfectly fits the sustainability strategy of the Transics – KDC tandem. A few years ago, the tyre manufacturer launched its award-winning MICHELIN X® Energy™ Savergreen range, the fourth generation of MICHELIN Green tyres, which is estimated to reduce fuel consumption by 500 litres a year per truck. These savings can be achieved thanks to the newest Michelin fuel economy technology linked as usual to ultimate safety and mileage. Michelin regards Transics and Key Driving Competences as ideal partners to complete its tyre offer into one single package providing all the tools generating fuel savings for its customers. The package will allow carriers to adjust or optimize their tyre’s and drivers’ fuel-efficiency. “Respect for the environment is high on Michelin’s agenda,” said Jean-Marc Lechêne, Truck & Bus Director for Europe. “We’re developing increasingly eco-friendly products and services. The integrated package we’re launching with Transics and KDC will surely add value for our customers and prove that our tyres substantially reduce fuel consumption.”

European roll-out

The three partners have developed an action plan to roll out a new commercial offer across Europe with commitments on savings. A pilot project has just been kicked off at a leading French carrier and another one in Spain. Projects in Italy and the Benelux will follow thereafter. Pierre Pourveur, CEO of Key Driving Competences: “We are delighted that Michelin, one of world’s biggest tyre manufacturers, shares our commitment to promote economic and safe driving. By combining our solutions, we can help carriers and logistics companies even better save fuel, reduce CO2 emissions and improve vehicle awareness.” “Transics is always at the forefront when it comes to addressing customers’ needs,” Transics’ CEO Walter Mastelinck added. “These days, reduced vehicle use costs and eco-friendliness are two major concerns for transport companies. With this new package, we offer another innovative solution to help them achieve and maintain these objectives.”

Michelin, is one of the two largest tyre manufacturers in the world and a well-known publisher of roadmaps and travel guides. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand (France), Michelin has a sales network covering 170 countries. Every year, its 72 production sites in 19 countries produce 180 million tyres as well as 22 million maps and guides. The company employs nearly 109,000 people. To further strengthen its position and performance, Michelin pursues a global, targeted growth strategy focusing on high value-added segments and on expansion in the higher-growth markets while improving its productivity across the board.

Key Driving Competences NV, set up in 2005, provides training services and systems to manage and optimize the driving behaviour of professional drivers and to improve their safety and work motivation. The services package, including audits, training and coaching, is supported by an innovative telematics application to measure driving behaviour and its impact on fuel cost and road safety. KDC has recently installed a partnership with IRU Academy to promote Eco-Proactive training services throughout Europe.

Established in 1991, Transics International NV develops and commercialises high-end fleet management solutions for the transport and logistics sectors. Thanks to many years of experience, thorough R&D efforts and an intensive focus on the customer experience, Transics has become the leading European player in its sector. In addition to its headquarters in Ypres (Belgium), Transics is active throughout Europe. The company has been quoted on the stock exchange (Euronext Brussels) since June 2007.