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TOTAL Lubricants has been appointed as the lubricant and coolants partner for First Bus, one of Britain’s largest bus operators with around a fifth of bus services outside London. The long-term mutual supplier agreement will see TOTAL supply both lubricants and coolants to the 6,200 strong First Bus fleet.


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 the 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.


“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,” said Susan Turnbull, UK commercial vehicle manager at TOTAL Lubricants.


“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,” said Managing Director of First Bus Giles Fearnley.


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.


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