Michelin Solutions Secures De Rijke Northern Europe Renewal
European transport specialist De Rijke Northern Europe B.V. has appointed Michelin Solutions to manage the tyres across a fleet of 160 tractor units and 660 trailers based in The Netherlands, Belgium and UK for the next three years.
The deal marks the company’s third successive retention of the contract, since De Rijke first outsourced its tyre management in 2007. It also extends De Rijke’s history of fitting Michelin tyres to more than half a century. Under the new deal, Michelin solutions will manage approximately 4,000 tyres fitted to De Rijke’s Northern Europe fleets, with the contract structured to maximise compliance, safety, uptime and fuel efficiency.
De Rijke has built a strong reputation in the transport and logistics sector, known for its carriage of general cargo, dry bulk, containers, flexitanks and groupage work. With depots spanning The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain and the UK, its vast trailer fleet operates both with its own tractor units, and with local sub-contractors.
Jeroen De Rijke, Chief Procurement Officer and joint owner, says: “It’s essential to have good tyres as we can’t afford problems on the road. We’ve built our business around delivering on time, and the whole Michelin solutions team supports us in achieving this promise. Minimising environmental impact is essential to us. Our EFFITIRES™ policy means we fit fewer tyres over the course of a year – plus processes like regrooving help improve fuel efficiency, and reduce our CO2 emissions.”
Michelin Solutions conducts a full tyre audit across all De Rijke Northern Europe commercial vehicles three times per year, measuring tread depths, checking for damage or abnormal wear and correcting pressures. Euromaster, the nominated service partner, attends key De Rijke bases weekly to carrying out routine tyre servicing work. Plus, the Euromaster network provides roadside rapid response in the event of a tyre-related breakdown.