Features & Interviews

Five minutes with… Matt Childs, Michelin Connected Fleet Operational Marketing Manager UK & France

06 October 2022 #Features & Interviews

Tell us about Michelin Connected Fleet’s new UK brand?

In May we launched Michelin Connected Fleet in the UK, a new brand bringing together all the fleet management services and solutions of the Michelin Group under one banner.

It includes a new suite of connected solutions for HGV fleets, intended to give hauliers and own-account operators a complete, real-time vision of the way in which their trucks and trailers are utilised.

Michelin Connected Fleet collects vital data through a range of comprehensive and advanced on-board telematics systems to give fleet managers a real-time view of their goods, the trucks and trailers making up their fleet, and where they are located.

This helps to optimise fleet utilisation, which in turn reduces operating costs, whilst also bolstering road safety by providing valuable feedback on driving behaviours.

What will Michelin Connected Fleet bring to businesses?

We are focused on helping fleet managers to accelerate their business with performance analysis services, based on smart data and tools, which lead to better insights and better visibility. In turn, this helps to make operations more cost-effective, safer, more predictable and sustainable.

Data can also be used to help anticipate maintenance requirements, leading to reductions in unscheduled downtime. Plus, the system can monitor tyre pressures and temperatures to considerably reduce the likelihood of roadside breakdowns, which can lead to missed deliveries, vehicle damage and increased tyre costs.

We stand out for delivering personalised assistance from our team of Michelin Connected Fleet experts. It’s no longer enough just to provide access to fleet data; we have performance analysis embedded into our offering.

This means we are perfectly placed to help customers master the management of their fleets and improve their operations. Our analysis can unlock savings and help define future fleet strategy. We’re focused on adding value, at every stage.

Does Michelin Connected Fleet operate in other countries?

The launch of Michelin Connected Fleet in the UK follows the introduction of Michelin Connected Fleet in Spain in October 2020, and in France in November 2021. Deployment in Germany came at the IAA Transportation Show in September, and South Africa is expected by the end of the year.

Why did Michelin set up the Connected Fleet division?

Michelin is present in 177 countries, has 124,760 employees and operates 68 tyre production facilities, which together produced around 173 million tyres in 2021. Connected Fleet is about enhancing our clients’ mobility and sustainability, designing and distributing the most suitable tyres services and solutions for clients’ needs, providing digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences.

Michelin Connected Fleet already receives and processes data from approximately 300 million journeys per year, comprising Masternaut in Europe, NexTraq in North America, and Sascar in South America – collectively responsible for 600,000 vehicles operated by 70,000 customers, spanning 48 countries.

Matt Childs, Michelin Connected Fleet Operational Marketing Manager UK & France

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