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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.

Michelin Tweel Available as Factory Option on CASE Skid Steer Loaders

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.

Well-Maintained Tires Increase Profits

MICHELIN Introduces New Rigid Dump Truck Tire

XTRA LOAD Tire Range Provides Productivity Advantages for 40- to 80-ton Payload Trucks

Michelin Earthmover today announced the next generation of rigid dump truck (RDT) tires with the introduction of MICHELIN® X®TRA LOAD GRIP and the MICHELIN® X®TRA LOAD PROTECT. The first-ever “3-star” 24.00R35 tire size on the market1, the new MICHELIN XTRA LOAD range will allow users to increase load capacity or accommodate faster speeds to maximize productivity.

“It is a common worldwide practice to add side boards and lift gates to rigid dump trucks in order to increase payload capacity for optimal profitability. This demand puts incredible stress on the tires,” said Jamey Fish, director of earthmover marketing for Michelin North America Inc. “This new, robust Michelin tire range provides a solution so that the maximum amount of material can be loaded into these trucks while still delivering traction, damage resistance and increased tire life.”

The new MICHELIN XTRA LOAD tire is available for two surface applications experienced by RDTs:

MICHELIN XTRA LOAD GRIP for soft, loose, muddy ground conditions — experienced in mining and quarrying operations on slopes and inclines, where the priority is high grip and traction. Due to a reinforced casing, the tire has a 16 percent higher payload2, or an increase of nine tons in load capacity per machine — a huge increase in productivity when multiplied by the number of cycles made daily. And with a tread comprising 30 percent more lug edges3, increased grip improves braking, cornering and accelerating. The tire has the ability to drive 21 miles per hour due to the cooler internal running temperatures4. The tire also provides 8 percent more wear resistance5, with more rubber in the contact patch and improved damage resistance with corrosion-isolating steel cables. This tire replaces the Michelin XDT® and X® Traction offers.

MICHELIN XTRA LOAD PROTECT for hard, sharp, abrasive conditions on flat, dry surfaces — where the priority is protection and damage resistance, conditions that are present in areas such as quarries and construction sites. This application is for customers who want to carry more load and increase the distances they carry every hour. The new highly protective and damage-resistant tread pattern contributes to a better load distribution across the contact patch. This tire has interlocking blocks and improved heat dissipation that reduces the temperature in the tread area by up to 17 degrees F. This tire replaces the Michelin X®QUARRY S and X®HAUL tires offers.

Productivity — as measured by TMPH — is a function of load and distance covered in an hour. For the new XTRA LOAD GRIP, the TMPH is increased by at least 20.3 percent in the A4 compound and 13.5 percent for the B compound, when compared against previous Michelin ranges6. For the new XTRA LOAD PROTECT, the TMPH is increased by at least 14 percent in the A4 compound and 42 percent for the B compound, when compared against previous Michelin ranges. This extended load and speed capability will allow users to optimize machine cycles and increase productivity. Greater volume of tread rubber in contact with the ground contributes to better load distribution, improved wear resistance and an increase in tire life.

With the two tread compounds (A4 and B), dealers will experience easier stock management. The four new Michelin offers will replace five existing offers as outlined below:

XTRA LOAD GRIP A4*** replaces XDTA4**

XTRA LOAD PROTECT A4*** replaces X-QUARRY S**

XTRA LOAD PROTECT B*** replaces X-HAUL**

1) Previously most 24.00R35 tires carried a ** rating; the X®TRA LOAD is the first carrying a *** rating. Star rating is the industry indicator of load capacity for a given dimension governed by the Tire and Rim Association. Compared to the same size in BRIDGESTONE® VMTP and VRLS – Source BRIDGESTONE® OTR Databook 2016 and MICHELIN® XDT™, MICHELIN® X® TRACTION™ SC – Source Michelin Databook 2017.

2) 30% more lug edges in contact with the ground. Based on customer feedback done on: 140 tires (field tests) in 10 countries at 23 customers during 2016 and 2017.

3) Star rating is the industry indicator of load capacity for a given dimension – Tire and Rim Association.

4) Compared to the same size in MICHELIN® XDT™, this data comes from Michelin Data Book 2017.

5) Compared to the same size in MICHELIN® XDT™, field tests measurements certified by the Michelin Center of Technology.

6) These data comes from Michelin Data Book 2017 and BRIDGESTONE® OTR Databook 2016.

To learn more about earthmover tires and services, visit www.michelinearthmover.com.