Total appointed as lubricant and coolants partner for First Bus

Total Lubricants has been appointed as 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 includes the supply of high-performance engine and transmission oils which are designed to optimise the maintenance of the fleet, improve the performance and lifespan of vehicles, and reduce fuel consumption. The partners say that the move will deliver a reduction in fuel costs across the fleet, and also impact positively on the environment.

Total will also provide added value services including its diagnostic system, ANAC, which checks the condition of the lubricant and major vehicle components and calculates the real wear co-efficient to provide early warning of premature wear and maintenance issues. 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 use 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. 

“We are proud to have been appointed by First Bus,” says Susan Turnbull, UK commercial vehicle manager, Total Lubricants. “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, First Bus, adds: “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.”