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Michelin Introduces Next Generation of its Skid Steer Tweel

Making its North American debut at Ag in Motion in Saskatchewan, the MICHELIN®X®TWEEL®SSL™ 2 AT and HST 12N16.5 ─ the airless tire solution for skid steers─ will launch the new version of its award-winning airless radial tire in both an all-terrain (AT) and a hard-surface version (HST). Available Aug. 1in the United States and Canada, this is Michelin’s first embedded 8-bolt hub that is interlocked mechanically to increase durability.

“The new Tweel SSL 2 maintains all of the key benefits of the first generation version.  In addition, it is designed to improve robustness, meet the vigorous demands placed on skid steer tires in a variety of applications,” said Justin L. Brock, Michelin marketing manager ─ construction and Tweel segment for North America. “The new features include a mechanical hub connection versus the chemical adhesion used in the first generation.”

The TWEEL SSL 2 is designed with:

  • Improved shear beam construction that maximizes core life.1
  • New spoke formulation provides up to 10 times greater spoke life.2
  • Maximum load of 4,400 pounds.

“The SSL 2 AT is designed for use in 80% of off-road applications. The HST is built for work done on hard surfaces such as asphalt and pavement,” continued Brock.

The TWEEL offers the advantages of no maintenance, no compromise, and no downtime. The X TWEEL SSL requires no air, thereby eliminating the risk of a flat tire, allowing users to stay in operation with limited downtime to maximize profitability. The X TWEEL SSL also delivers the advantages of easy mounting, damage resistance, exceptional operator comfort, reduced operator fatigue, improved productivity and longer wear life than standard pneumatic tires.

The MICHELIN 12N16.5 X TWEEL SSL 2 HST is constructed with a 48/32nd-inch tread depth with 8/32nd-inch of undertread. The MICHELIN 12N16.5 X TWEEL SSL 2 AT is constructed with a 31/32nd-inch tread depth with 12/32nd-inch of undertread. The outer core tread can be retreaded multiple times for an effective overall cost of ownership. These new products come with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. For more information on MICHELIN X Tweel, visit www.michelintweel.com.

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1 Based on an internal drum endurance test comparing the MICHELIN®X Tweel SSL and the MICHELIN®X Tweel SSL 2.  Actual results may vary.

2 Based on commissioned third-party testing of crack growth under fully relaxing conditions, comparing the crack growth rate of the MICHELIN®X Tweel SSL and the MICHELIN®X Tweel SSL 2.  Actual results may vary.

 About MICHELIN NORTH AMERICA

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 has earned a long-standing reputation for building innovative premium tires. In addition to tires, the Company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America employs more than 20,000 people and operates 19 major manufacturing plants in the U.S. and Canada. Forbes magazine ranked Michelin No. 1 on its annual survey of “Best Large Employers in America” in 2018. Learn more about purpose-driven careers with a purpose-driven company at jobs.michelinman.com.

 

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.

Michelin Opens World’s First Manufacturing Plant To Build Revolutionary Airless Radial Tire

7381451-Tweel-Logo-2Piedmont, S.C., is site of new state-of-the-art facility making the MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® — a tire that never goes flat

Michelin recently opened its newest plant in North America, which will produce the innovative MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® Airless Radial Tire™ for commercial applications.

An idea first conceived by Michelin research engineers in the United States, the TWEEL is a revolutionary non-pneumatic tire that changed the configuration of a conventional tire, bringing together the tire and the wheel assembly into one solid unit. The TWEEL comprises a rigid hub connected to a shear beam by means of flexible, deformable polyurethane spokes, all functioning as a single unit.

New Tweel Plant

New Tweel Plant

Unlike conventional tires, the TWEEL has no air, thereby solving what had seemed to be the unavoidable challenge of chronic flat tires that plagues the landscape, construction, contracting, refuse/recycling and agricultural industries.

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“The TWEEL being built here in South Carolina is yet another dramatic example of Michelin’s long-standing commitment to breakthrough innovation,” said Pete Selleck, Michelin North America chairman and president. “The TWEEL concept was born at Michelin Americas Research Company in Greenville, S.C., one of Michelin’s three global technology centers, and now the Tweel will be manufactured right here in the Greenville area to satisfy a growing commercial market.”

The new plant gives Michelin the ability to boost output of its award-winning MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® SSL skid-steer tires and begin production of the new MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® TURFTM as original equipment for John Deere to equip its ZTRAKTM 900 Series line-up of zero-turn commercial mowers.

Tweel“Differentiating us from competitors, the TWEEL airless radial tire is the industry’s first commercialized airless radial solution and verifies Michelin’s leadership for the next generation of mobility,” said Ralph Dimenna, head of Michelin Tweel Technologies. “The TWEEL airless radial tire enables Michelin to enter new markets and expand its reach in existing business segments within the low-speed application category. The industry is hungry for solutions contributing to productivity, safety and bottom lines. Serving our customers is at the center of our strategy for success.”

The new 135,000 square-foot facility in Piedmont, S.C., represents Michelin’s 10th manufacturing facility in South Carolina and the 16th in the U.S. The company will invest about $50 million in the new plant.

“Michelin has been a global leader for over 125 years, and we are proud to say they have been part of the South Carolina family for over 40 years,” said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. “Michelin is a leader in the tire industry, and they are innovative in their product development, which continues to put South Carolina on the world stage.”

About MICHELIN® X® TWEEL®

Originally introduced as a concept at the 2005 North American International Auto Show, the X TWEEL is Michelin’s highly advanced airless radial tire and is the only commercial product available to offer the advantages of no maintenance, no compromise and no downtime. It performs with traditional radial tire technology but requires no air, thereby eliminating the risk of a “flat tire.” Desperate to find a solution to reduce their flat-tire downtime, many industrial users resort to alternatives that result in diminished traction, handling and ride comfort. The X TWEEL 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.

To learn more about the MICHELIN TWEEL, visit www.michelintweel.com