Family business helps keep dairy giant's wheels turning

  • 10/02/2019

A family-owned business which started from a ute and trailer over 30 years ago can now boast New Zealand's largest company as a client.

In a classic Kiwi sucess story, Carter's Tyres was started by Garry Carter and now has branches across the country.

Fonterra is the company's largest transport account in Australasia, with Carter's supplying tyres for the dairy co-op's 480-strong fleet.

Carter's Tyres general manager Matt Carter told Rural Exchange the tankers have a mix of retreads and new tyres.

"Fonterra has a strict environmental policy so they do a lot of retreading," he said.

The fleet of milk tankers travels an estimated 81 million kilometres a year, and at the peak of the dairy season will drive roughly 350,000 kilometres each day - enough to make it around the equator eight-and-a-half times.

Matt Carter joined Hamish McKay and Richard Loe on Rural Exchange.
Matt Carter joined Hamish McKay and Richard Loe on Rural Exchange. Photo credit: Newshub

Meanwhile Matt Carter said the rural sector is very important to the company.

"As we've expanded out to the regions over the years, we've picked up the agricultural tyres and really run with it," he said.

"We're keen to be part of the farming community."

Listen to the full interview with Matt Carter sponsored by Carter's Tyres above.

Rural Exchange with Hamish McKay and Richard Loe, 6-8am Saturday and Sunday on Magic Talk.

Newshub.