Bridgestone and FirstGroup Celebrate Global Fleet Partnership

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(from left to right) First Bus managing director Giles Fearnley, Busway supervisor David Holt, Bridgestone North Region MD Robin Shaw and Bridgestone’s commercial sales director Greg Ward have agreed on a $110 million, five-year fleet deal.
Bridgestone is celebrating the largest commercial fleet win in its history, having secured a $110m, five-year deal with transport operator FirstGroup. The contract will see Bridgestone, supplying tyres to more than 60,000 of FirstGroup’s buses and coaches in the USA, Canada and the UK.

As part of the agreement Bridgestone will provide tyres for all of FirstGroup’s vehicles in the UK and around 80% of its operations in the United States and Canada. Greg Ward, Commercial Sales Director for Bridgestone, said: “To win the contract, we needed to demonstrate our value and ability to deliver on a global level in order to stave off stiff competition from a rival premium tyre manufacturer. We had a strong goal to become the number one supplier to FirstGroup and, as such, we demonstrated an ability to act as a global company with a ‘one team’ philosophy, meaning that the geographical distance between our US and UK teams was never an issue.”

In negotiating the contract, Bridgestone had to demonstrate flexibility to meet specific needs of the fleet, which will predominantly run on UAP-001 tyres, featuring different tread patterns unique to each market. Glen Lovett, Group Procurement Manager for FirstGroup, “We are delighted to have agreed this global contract with Bridgestone. Having first begun working together through a fleet agreement in Leicester in 2004, we have seen significant achievements and built up a solid working relationship over many years.”

Lovett added; “This agreement will provide the flexibility that we need to manage a huge fleet of vehicles on both sides of the Atlantic, including our local buses, coach services, and school transportation.”

About the author

Richard Wilson is the deputy editor for Commercial Tyre Business. Since 2015, Richard has worked as a correspondent for all of the titles across the Valebridge Publications Ltd Group namely: Retreading Business, Tyre & Rubber Recycling, The Tyreman and Truck and Bus News. Richard has worked on/off from the age of 16 for the company and whilst gaining a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and Business Studies at Coventry University, he developed his writing skills at the University paper and more recently writing his own independent blog.

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