TOTAL Lubricants signs agreement with First Bus
Long term partnership to deliver improved fleet performance
TOTAL Lubricants has been appointed as the lubricant and coolants partner for First Bus. The long-term mutual supplier agreement will see TOTAL supply both lubricants and coolants to the 6,200 strong First Bus fleet.
The agreement will see the supply of high-performance fuel economy engine and transmission oils which will optimise the maintenance of the First Bus fleet, improve the performance and lifespan of vehicles, and considerably reduce fuel consumption. The partnership will deliver a reduction in fuel costs across the whole fleet, and also impact positively on the environment.
TOTAL will also provide added value services including ANAC, its pioneering diagnostic system, which will check the condition of the lubricant and major vehicle components and calculate the real wear co-efficient to provide early warning of premature wear and maintenance issues – which, if acted upon, will prolong the life of First Bus vehicles and reduce maintenance costs. In turn, the lifespan of equipment is increased, reliability is improved, and performance of equipment is optimised.
As part of the agreement, First Bus will also benefit from Visio Stock, an automated stock management system which, when fitted to storage tanks, will automatically monitor the level of lubricants. This enables First Bus to have greater visibility over stock ensuring it never runs out, increased traceability, future stock planning, eliminating overfilling, and management of working capital - all helping to keep the business running smoothly.
Susan Turnbull, UK Commercial Vehicle Manager at TOTAL Lubricants, comments,
“We are proud to have been appointed by First Bus. We will not just be supplying them with our high-quality lubricant and coolant products, but also our added value services to support their UK-wide fleet. The partnership means that we can help First Bus maintain its fleet with increased efficiency”.
Giles Fearnley, Managing Director of First Bus, comments:
“We are pleased to be partnering with TOTAL. The team has extensive experience in assisting large fleets with high quality products and we’ll also be supported by strong added-value services. In moving to TOTAL products, we expect to see a reduction in both our maintenance and fuel costs across our fleet, reinforcing our industry leading position on fuel-efficiency and vehicle emissions.”
First Bus operates in a significant number of communities, including 40 of the country’s largest towns and cities and this new partnership will significantly build on TOTAL’s presence in the bus sector.
About TOTAL Lubricants
TOTAL is a global integrated energy producer and provider, a leading international oil and gas company, and the world’s second-ranked solar energy operator with SunPower. Our 100,000 employees are committed to better energy that is safer, cleaner, more efficient, more innovative and accessible to as many people as possible. The lubricants division markets products in over 150 countries, employs over 5,000 people worldwide and has over 45 plants, one of which is based in West Yorkshire.
Developing lubricants for the automotive, industry and marine sectors, TOTAL has partnerships with the world’s leading automakers and industrial companies. TOTAL boasts a deep-rooted presence in the motorsport industry, and has been the official oil that has led to 27 world championship titles in Formula One.
Part of FirstGroup plc, First Bus is one of Britain’s largest bus operators with around a fifth of bus services outside London. A fleet of some 6,200 buses carries approximately 1.6 million passengers a day in a huge number of communities including 40 of the UK's largest towns and cities. It operates some US-style yellow school buses and has a fleet of coaches available for charter. It also operates the Aircoach network in Ireland.