Tyre manufacturers across the UK are reporting an increasing demand shift in tyre sizes for HGVs, with hauliers increasing opting for larger replacement tyres.
Figures released by the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers Association have highlighted a trend of UK hauliers turning towards 315/70 R 22.5 and 315/80 R 22.5 tyres in favour of the traditional 295/80 R 22.5 tyre size.
The long-time favourite tyre size used by British hauliers has decreased its share of the UK’s replacement market by 3 points since 2010, whereas the 315/70 R 22.5 tyre size has increased its share by 3.4 points over the same period, and the 315/80 R 22.5 by 0.6 points.
Leading manufacturer Michelin says that the trend is strengthening year-on-year.
Guy Heywood, commercial director of Michelin Tyre plc, said: “Our own surveys, and trials we’ve carried out in conjunction with truck manufacturers, have shown the benefits offered by 315/70 tyres – particularly in terms of fuel efficiency and tyre longevity.
“Now operators are experiencing these benefits in their own fleets too, it’s driving one of the most notable changes in tyre buying habits we’ve seen this side of the millennium.
“More and more operators are realising that moving to 315/70 tyres can reduce their running costs and open access to the very latest generations of products, which tend to be developed in this size first due to its popularity across Europe.”
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