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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

Michelin North America, Inc., is pumping up its Tweel airless radial line. At the Green Industry Expo this week in Louisville, Ky., Michelin will introduce new products to its TURF and UTV lines. Three of these additions will feature 5-4.5 inch bolt-pattern configurations.

New TURF products

  • New 24-inch TURF size for zero-turn radius (ZTR) mowers with 5-4.5 inch bolt-pattern hubs
  • New 26-inch TURF size for zero-turn radius (ZTR) mowers with 5-4.5 inch bolt-pattern hubs
  • New 13-inch ZTR caster design with improved performance and stability

“Michelin is listening and responding to customer requests. With the 5-4.5 inch bolt-pattern hub configuration comprising over half of the total commercial ZTR market, Michelin responded with these new offers in our award-winning airless tire product line,” said Olivier Brauen, vice president of Michelin Tweel Technologies.

Gravely, Ferris, Kubota and Grasshopper operators of ZTR mowers using 24-inch, 5-4.5 inch bolt-pattern rear tire/wheels will be able to buy the MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® TURF no-compromise airless solution for their commercial mowers in limited quantities by the end of 2018. Available as an aftermarket product through Sunbelt Outdoor Products and ANI Products, the 24-inch, 5-4.5 inch bolt-pattern black hub version will fit:

  • Gravely PRO-TURN 100, 200 and 400 Series
  • Ferris IS2600Z series and F210Z models
  • Kubota Z725 and Z726 models
  • Grasshopper M1 MidMount 200, 300 & 400 Series and FrontMount 900 Series

The 26-inch, 5-4.5inch bolt-pattern MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® TURF is now available as a no-compromise airless rear solution for Kubota, eXmark, Ferris and Bad Boy operators of commercial ZTR mowers. Available immediately as an aftermarket product for online purchase through Michelin as well as through Sunbelt Outdoor Products and ANI Products, the 26-inch, 5-4.5 inch bolt-pattern black hub version will fit:

  • Kubota ZD1211, ZD1511 and ZG326 models
  • eXmark Lazer Z Diesel
  • Ferris F320Z and IS3200Z models
  • Bad Boy 1500 Diesel

The redesigned MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® TURF Caster makes its debut after numerous customer requests. Available immediately in the 13×6.5N6 size, the new configuration is designed to provide enhanced performance and more stability with its flat, smooth design, fitting a larger range of mowers than the current ribbed version.

New UTV products

Two utility off-highway applications will make their debut:

  • New 26-inch UTV 5-4.5 inch bolt-pattern hub for John Deere Gator UTVs and Argo XTVs
  • New 26-inch UTV 4-110 mm bolt-pattern for several Honda, Kubota, Yamaha, and Argo ATVs and UTVs.

The new MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® UTV 26x9N14 airless radial tire with 5-4.5 inch and 4-110 mm bolt-patterns designed for use on ATVs and UTVs will be sold as fitments for the John Deere, Honda, Kubota, Yamaha, and Argo replacement market. With a 50-mph speed rating at a maximum gross vehicle weight of 2,860 pounds, the 26-inch UTV will be available in limited quantities by the end of 2018 for a variety of machines, including:

  • John Deere Gator XUVs
  • Honda Pioneer and ATVs
  • Kubota RTV 900
  • Yamaha Viking
  • Argo XTVs and ATVs

“Our production facility is primed for increasing our portfolio and has been manufacturing these new products for customers to boost their productivity and bottom line,” Brauen said.

For more information on MICHELIN X TWEEL, visit www.michelintweel.com.

Michelin Celebrates the Spirit of Exploration and Travel with Nationwide Rock-Painting Contest

In the early days of motoring, Edouard and Andre Michelin introduced the famed Michelin Guide to encourage people to drive their automobiles farther and more frequently. They encouraged people to explore and sightsee as they traveled, enjoying their newfound mobility.

Celebrating the same spirit of exploration and mobility that continues today, Michelin North America introduces #MichelinRocks, a nationwide painted-rock initiative. Travelers participate by painting a rock and sharing its photo on designated social media channels.

“Nearly 120 years ago, the Michelin brothers called for travelers to take to the road in search of new adventures. We hope #MichelinRocks encourages the same spirit of travel, companionship, and adventure,” said Jill Goulette, director of B2B customer experience for Michelin North America. “Travelers of all ages are trading painted rocks that commemorate their journeys and form creative connections with other people. These values reflect the lasting vision of Michelin’s founders.”

Contest begins Sept. 24

Michelin will distribute 100 yellow-painted rocks in California, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Montana. The rocks — painted by artist Darcie Arnold of Simpsonville, S.C. — will be hidden in public places, such as campgrounds, local parks, downtown areas, bus stops and so on. Travelers who find a yellow Michelin-branded rock may share a photo on social media that is tagged #MichelinRocks.

Using properly acquired rocks, participants in Youth or Adult categories may create their own painted rocks for a prize: one side should feature their favorite vehicle for travel (such as a car, RV, bicycle, plane, SUV, motorcycle, bus, truck, camper, UTV), and the other side should include the #MichelinRocks hashtag. All valid entries must include a travel vehicle and the proper hashtag. Share a photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram that’s tagged #MichelinRocks. A $500 donation will be made to the school’s art program of the youth winner and a $250 gift card will be awarded to the adult winner. Read more about the contest rules and restrictions, or submit an entry, by visiting michelintruck.com/keepitmoving.

Note: National and state parks prohibit the removal of rocks from their properties and have a “leave it as you found it” policy, which also means painted rocks cannot be left in the parks.

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 has ranked Michelin No. 1 on its annual survey of “Best Large Employers in America” for 2018. Learn more about purpose-driven careers with a purpose-driven company at jobs.michelinman.com.

Michelin and Camso recently reached an agreement whereby Michelin will acquire Camso

Michelin and Camso recently reached an agreement whereby Michelin will acquire Camso, headquartered in Magog, Quebec, Canada, and whereby the two companies’ off-the-road (OTR) operations will be combined to form a new division to be managed from Quebec. Led by a set of common values and a strong tradition of innovation and R&D at both Michelin and Camso, and backed by high-quality teams, the strategic partnership makes the newly created entity the world leader in OTR mobility.

Reporting net sales of US$1 billion, Camso has been designing, manufacturing and marketing OTR mobility solutions since 1982. Camso is a market leader in rubber tracks for farm equipment and snowmobiles, and in solid and bias tires for material handling equipment. It also ranks among the top three players in the construction market, in track and tire solutions for small heavy equipment. Leveraging its technological leadership in tracks and related systems, its competitive manufacturing footprint, particularly in Sri Lanka, and strong customer awareness of its CAMSO and SOLIDEAL brands, Camso has demonstrated its ability to grow rapidly, expanding at an average pace of 7% per year since 2012.

By joining forces with Camso, Michelin will create the world’s number one OTR market player, headquartered in Quebec. The business will benefit from the expertise of Camso’s management team and Michelin’s long-standing presence in Canada, both in Laval, Quebec and in Nova Scotia. As world leader, the new entity will represent more than double the net sales of Camso, supported by 26 plants and approximately 12,000 employees and will benefit from sustainably dynamic markets.

Thanks to the complementary positioning of the two companies’ product and service offerings, the transaction is expected to deliver the following benefits:

  • In marketing and sales:
  • In the agricultural market, the creation of a unique player providing its customers with a comprehensive range of premium radial tires and tracks.
  • In the construction market, Camso will reinforce Michelin’s offering with its bias tires and tracks offerings.
  • In the material handling equipment market, Michelin will leverage Camso’s renowned SOLIDEAL and CAMSO brands to become the market leader in solid tires.

The deployment of the new entity’s offer will be accelerated by the complementarity of both Michelin and Camso’s distribution networks.

  • In technology:

Cooperation between Camso and Michelin researchers will bolster the Group’s innovation capacity in tracks and airless tires. Cross-fertilization of R&D expertise will enable the teams to consolidate the Group’s position as a global technological leader in support of sustainable mobility, as Michelin’s headway in terms of long-lasting performance of tires is a differentiating factor and a key strength for reducing its environmental footprint. In addition, Michelin’s technological breakthroughs in reducing soil compaction while maintaining superior traction, for example, will contribute to the products that Camso develops.

  • In manufacturing:

A strong manufacturing presence of Camso in emerging markets, particularly in Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

Jean-Dominique Senard, Chief Executive Officer of the Michelin group, said: “Michelin and Camso have many values in common. This acquisition is a wonderful mutual opportunity. Michelin will benefit from all of Camso’s skills in the off-the-road mobility markets and Camso from the full range of Michelin’s expertise in the specialty markets.”

“Joining up with Michelin’s off-the-road teams is a fantastic opportunity for Camso because of the similarity of our cultures as well as our growth potential,” said Pierre Marcouiller, Executive Chairman of Camso. “Camso will achieve its ambition to become the global off-the-road market leader and will contribute its dynamic teams, its technical and manufacturing assets and its customer-focused mindset. The transaction has received the backing of all Camso’s shareholders.”

Through studies and discussions with Camso, Michelin has identified significant opportunities to increase sales and reduce costs, thereby unlocking up to US$55 million in synergies by 2021. After obtaining the customary approvals, Michelin will acquire Camso for US$1.45 billion, corresponding to an enterprise value of US$1.7 billion, i.e., a multiple of 8.3 times EBITDA* after synergies. The transaction will not impact the Group’s robust financial position.

As part of the transaction, Michelin has made the following commitments:

  • The OTR division’s decision-making center will be based at Camso’s headquarters in Magog. The management teams, including the top executive, will work out of the Magog office.
  • Headcount at Camso headquarters (300 employees, of which 100 in R&D) will remain stable, and existing R&D operations and production jobs in Quebec will be maintained.
  • The new skill sets required to oversee this global business, and the anticipated growth in the division’s net sales, will lead to the creation of new high-quality jobs in the Magog region in the coming years.

With this transaction, the Michelin Group is confirming its strategic commitment to expanding in the tires and services domains while rolling out its strategy in materials and distribution. Michelin also indicates that, following a thorough analysis, the synergies expected to result from the Fenner acquisition have been revised upward, to £60 $79.40 USD) million from the initially announced £30($39.70 USD) million

Michelin Tweel Airless Radial Tire Now Available for UTV Market

Michelin Tweel Technologies, a division of Michelin North America, Inc., is introducing a new 26-inch airless radial tire with a four-bolt wheel-pattern hub designed for use on UTV’s that will initially be sold as a fitment for the replacement market. Originally designed for military special operations use on light-tactical vehicles, the MICHELIN® X TWEEL® UTV 26x9N14 airless radial tire is a single unit that replaces the current pneumatic tire/wheel/valve assembly. Once bolted on, there is no air pressure to maintain, thus eliminating the need to carry spare tires, tools or repair kits.

“UTV users operate these machines in arduous environments and extreme conditions where vehicles are exposed to rugged roads, jagged terrain, and other hostile elements,” said Olivier Brauen, vice president of Michelin Tweel Technologies. “The MICHELIN X TWEEL UTV airless radial tire is a solution that will provide unmatched traction and uninterrupted vehicle mobility during long journeys or in remote areas where a flat tire can be problematic.”

The X TWEEL UTV is appropriate for use on construction, farm, landscape, recreation, quarry, mine, emergency service response, logging, parks, hunting, military operations, universities, beach patrol, camping, hurricane/tornado and other debris-laden areas where flat tires cause serious and extreme interruptions.

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In the face of obstacles, the MICHELIN X TWEEL UTV product is designed to perform like a pneumatic radial tire, but with the durability and high damage resistance of an airless tire. The advanced spoke technology helps dampen the ride for enhanced operator comfort while providing outstanding lateral stiffness for excellent cornering and side-hill stability. In addition, the low-pressure contact helps provides outstanding off-road traction performance. The X TWEEL UTV offers quiet performance, energy-efficiency over tracks and robust design to eliminate downtime.

With a 37-mph speed rating at a maximum gross vehicle weight of 2,860 pounds, the MICHELIN X TWEEL UTV is available immediately for online sale or through the MICHELIN TWEEL dealer network.  Users may choose from three hub configurations that will fit 4×137 and 4×156 bolt patterns for a variety of machines, including:

  • BRP Can-Am Defender
  • Kawasaki Mule
  • Polaris Ranger

Additional hub configurations for John Deere, Honda, Kubota, and Argo will be available later in 2018 and 2019. New distribution outlets specifically for this product are currently being explored.  Commercially launched in 2012 with the MICHELIN X TWEEL SSL, the expanding MICHELIN X TWEEL product line includes airless-radial tires for skid steers, zero-turn mowers, stand-on mowers and golf carts.  Michelin is the only manufacturer of airless radial tires and has been the recipient of multiple recognitions for the X TWEEL products in recent years.

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. Michelin also offers a full range of innovative services and solutions that help make mobility safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly. To create unique mobility experiences, Michelin publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America, Inc. employs more than 20,000 people and operates 19 major manufacturing plants in the U.S. and Canada. To learn more about Michelin Tweel Technologies visit www.michelintweel.com.