Building materials producer Lafarge Tarmac has won the British Precast Concrete Association’s Sustainability Champions 2013 award for its Automatic Tyre Inflation System.
Lafarge Tarmac invested in the system, which continually monitors and adjusts the air pressure in tires, across its fleet of bulk cement tankers.
The ATIS enables drivers to travel longer distances without refuelling, making the delivery service faster and more flexible.
The judges recognised that the system addresses a challenge in environmental resource efficiency in transport and felt that the overall environmental and financial savings were substantial.
Since introducing the system, the business has increased its miles to the gallon by 1% and reduced fuel consumption by 3-4% across the fleets. Using ATIS has also extended the lifecycle of the business’ fleets by 20% and saved down time and maintenance associated with blow out damage.
Lafarge Tarmac’s Transport Manager, Andrew Brodley said: “The ATIS system has many strong sustainability benefits and can easily be retro-fitted to most vehicle types. It also provides our drivers with valuable peace of mind while they are on long journeys, when punctures could seriously impact their work.”