Tyre maker Michelin has signerd a deal to maintain China's largest surface coal mine, China Coal Pingshuo, Michelin to provide and maintain the Chinese miner's giant 63-inch tires.
Michein's three-year renewable contract is for the 53/80R63-size tires uswed by the chinese miner's fleet of Komatsu 930E trucks that it operates at its open-pit mines mine from which it extracted 73 million tonnes of coal in 2007.
Michelin had previously signed a tire supply contract with Pingshuo in May 2007 and emerged as the Chinese company's 2007 'supplier of the year' from among 186 companies.
The services, which Michelin will begin to provide as of today, will help to extend tire life, thereby keeping the mine's vehicles operational for longer periods. This in turn will help to reduce operating costs and increase productivity, while maintaining the highest safety standards.
The goal of the service contract is to optimise conditions of use for the 63-inch tires fitted on vehicles operated in the mine.
To achieve this goal, specialised Michelin technicians, in cooperation with teams from China Coal Pingshuo, will manage the service shop, where tires will be mounted, dismounted and repaired, tire pressure will be checked and maintained at the right level, and other operations will be carried out to ensure that tires are used in the best possible conditions.
At a time when raw materials and tires are in short supply, this partnership with China Coal Pingshuo demonstrates Michelin's commitment to supporting its customers' efforts to reduce operating costs while ensuring the highest standards of workplace safety.