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Michelin Expands Tweel Airless Radial Line and Distribution Network

Michelin Tweel Technologies, a division of Michelin North America, Inc., is showcasing new mower products and announcing new distribution outlets during the Green Industry Expo show in Louisville, Ky., with the introduction of:

  • a new 26-inch zero-turn radius (ZTR) mower size for four-bolt wheel-pattern hubs;
  • a new, 18-inch stand-on mower size for a 2018 John Deere model;
  • a new partnership with Sunbelt Outdoor Products for MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® TURF replacement tires and
  • the addition of Ag-Pro as a distributor for X TWEEL TURF products.

“Michelin continues to demonstrate the forward momentum of this award-winning airless tire through the growth of the product portfolio and distribution network,” said Olivier Brauen, head of Michelin Tweel Technologies. “With uptime so crucial for our customers, the MICHELIN X TWEEL airless radial tire provides an unparalleled solution. Building relationships in the market are our goal.”

Scag and other operators of ZTR mowers utilizing a 26-inch, four-bolt pattern rear wheel will now be able to buy the no-compromise airless solution for their commercial mowers. Available through the TWEEL dealer network, the black hub version of the MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF is a single unit, replacing the current tire/wheel/valve assembly. It performs like a pneumatic tire, but without the risk and costly downtime associated with flat tires and unseated beads.

Featured on the 2018 John Deere QuikTrak™ Stand-On commercial lawn mowers, the new 18-inch MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF will be available on this new equipment. The QuikTrak is John Deere’s top-rated stand-on machine for commercial mowers and landscapers. The four-bolt pattern yellow hub is also available on the 24-inch MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF, designed exclusively for the John Deere ZTrak™ 900 Series mowers with 54-, 60- and 72-inch deck sizes.

In an exciting collaboration with Sunbelt Outdoor Products, the distributor will become a partner with Michelin to sell Michelin X TWEEL TURF mower and golf cart products. With seven distribution centers across the United States, Sunbelt Outdoor Products is a wholesale lawn and garden parts distributor, dedicated to servicing outdoor power equipment resellers.

Retail customers will now be able to purchase Michelin X TWEEL TURF products through Ag-Pro Companies. Ag-Pro is one of the largest John Deere dealers in the United States. Headquartered in Boston, Ga., near Thomasville, Ag-Pro operates a total of 50 locations across Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Texas — offering sales, parts, and service — with 960 employees.

 

About the MICHELIN

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks, and motorcycles. The company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America, Inc. (www.michelinman.com) employs more than 22,650 and operates 20 major manufacturing plants. To learn more about truck tires and services, visit www.michelintruck.com.

Product Report: Michelin X Tweel Airless Radial — Pneumatic vs. Deformable, Non-Pneumatic Tires

MICHELIN X TWEEL Airless Radial

Michelin Tweel Technologies Expands Line Up Of Skid Steer Airless Radials

MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® SSL now available for hard surface and all terrain applications

578683f6-94af-440b-a480-6ccddeb647ce.HRMichelin announced today it will expand the market footprint for its airless skid steer tires with the launch of two new versions of the award-winning MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® SSL airless radial tire: a 12N16.5 X® TWEEL® SSL All Terrain for a wide range of surfaces and a12N16.5 X® TWEEL® SSL Hard Surface for pavement use.

Two years ago, MICHELIN Tweel Technologies introduced the first commercially available airless radial tires for skid steer loaders. This revolutionary tire offered a solution to the seemingly unavoidable challenge of chronic flat tires that plague the millions of skid steer loaders relied upon by many commercial operations.

The new All Terrain, which is designed for more rugged off-road working conditions, will be a viable option for such industries as construction and landscaping, and the new Hard Surface tire, which provides more longevity on pavement and asphalt, presents an option for very high-use operations.

The development of Michelin’s Tweel technology is significant, since skid steer loaders equipped with traditional pneumatic tires, experience at least two or more flat tires per month. Desperate to find a solution to reduce flat-tire downtime, many users resort to using foam-filled, solid tires or other alternatives that result in diminished traction, handling and ride comfort. The 12N16.5 X TWEEL SSL provides the advantages of no air pressure maintenance, easy mounting, damage resistance, increased operator comfort, reduced operator fatigue, improved productivity and longer wear life than pneumatic tires.

“Our newest versions of the 12N16.5 X TWEEL SSL provide the benefits associated with pneumatic tires, but they don’t go flat. This is a breakthrough innovation for skid steers in the landscape, construction, contracting, refuse/recycling and agricultural industries,” said Ralph Dimenna, head of Michelin Tweel Technologies. “I urge everyone to stay tuned. This is just the beginning of exciting things to come.”

The MICHELIN X TWEEL SSL is now available in two different tread designs, the All Terrain design with a deep, open tread for off-road applications and the Hard Surface design which has greater wear life on pavement and asphalt. In line with Michelin’s commitment to lessen the impact on the environment, both MICHELIN 12N16.5 X TWEEL SSL fitments are equipped with advancements that help save resources. The spokes are specially designed to enhance the tires’ durability and endurance. In addition, the tires have a deep underlying tread layer that allows the core outside tread to be retreaded numerous times, helping reduce the overall cost of ownership.

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MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® SSL recognized in Product Leadership category; awards celebrate 10 Years of Shaping the Future of Global Manufacturing

aboutImage-7Michelin North America, Inc. has received a Manufacturing Leadership Award in the Product Leadership category at the 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Awards for the MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® SSL.

Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council honored world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders last evening at a gala celebration that followed the tenth annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit at the Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Fla.

The awards, which were determined by a panel of 14 judges and presented in 11 categories, celebrate companies and individuals that are shaping the future of global manufacturing.  They recognize outstanding projects undertaken and completed by manufacturing companies.  According to the Manufacturing Leadership Community, the award winners distinguish themselves by “embracing breakthrough innovation and respond to customers with unmatched agility.”

The Product Leadership award, one of the most competitive categories, recognizes companies that have introduced disruptive new products that expand or open new markets. The award winner demonstrates the ability to generate new ideas that lead to pioneering new products that change and create markets.

“Michelin is honored to be recognized by this esteemed organization for moving forward with this innovative technology,” said Tim Fulton, head of Michelin Tweel Technologies. “Awards of this magnitude encourage Michelin to continue translating the concept to other mobility applications and segments.”

X Tweel SSLCommercially launched in October 2012, the MICHELIN® Tweel airless radial tire is currently being sold in the marketplace for use on skid vehicles used in the construction, landscaping, contracting, refuse/recycling and agricultural industries.  This non-pneumatic tire uses traditional radial tire technology but requires no air, thereby eliminating the risk of a “flat tire.”

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MICHELIN® X-TWEELTM SSL NAMED A 2013 SILVER EDISON AWARD WINNER

Mail AttachmentMichelin TWEEL Recognized in Transportation Category; Awards Celebrate 26 Years of Honoring Innovators and Innovation

Michelin North America, Inc. has received the Silver Award in the Transportation category at the 2013 Edison Awards™ for the MICHELIN® X-TWEEL™ SSL.  The award was presented during the internationally renowned Edison Awards ceremony held at Chicago’s Navy Pier.

The awards, which were presented in 12 categories, symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Alva Edison.  Celebrating 26 years of honoring the best in innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services, hundreds of senior executives joined some of the world’s most recognized companies to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of all 2013 Edison Award winners.

“Michelin is extremely honored to have been recognized with such an important group of recipients,” said Tim Fulton, head of Michelin Tweel Technologies. “We continue to be surprised and encouraged at the extent to which the innovation is generating excitement across many vehicle segments; the receptivity has been very strong and positive.X-Tweel_Studio

The TWEEL is Michelin’s highly advanced airless radial tire that is currently being sold in the marketplace for use on skid vehicles used in the construction, landscaping, contracting, refuse/recycling and agricultural industries.  This non-pneumatic tire uses traditional radial tire technology but requires no air, thereby eliminating the risk of a “flat tire”.

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About the Edison Awards™

The Edison Awards is a program conducted by Edison Universe, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering future innovators. The Awards have been recognizing and honoring the best in innovations and innovators since 1987. They honor game-changing innovations that are at the forefront of new product and service development, marketing and human-centered design, and are one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of successful innovation. For more information about the Edison Awards, Edison Universe and a list of winners, visit www.edisonawards.com.

About Michelin

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America, Inc. (www.michelin-us.com) employs more than 22,000 and operates 18 major manufacturing plants in 16 locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.  To learn more about the MICHELIN Skid Steer TWEEL, visit www.michelintweel.com.