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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

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.

 

Bridgestone Introduces New M799 Tire Designed for the Vocational Market

Bridgestone Commercial Solutions (BCS), a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, introduced the new Bridgestone M799 mixed service radial at the Great American Truck Show in Dallas, TX.  The M799 is Bridgestone’s answer to fleets looking for a tough, long-wearing tire for on highway service and occasional use on gravel roads and debris-filled job sites.

The computer designed all-steel casing of the M799 provides outstanding durability and retreadability.  Casing-saving stone rejector platforms help prevent rocks from being trapped in the tread and drilling their way into the belts.  In addition, thick ribs on both sidewalls protect the casings from cuts and abrasions.

“The design of the M799 makes it a great tire for on highway use, as well as offering the necessary grip for occasional off highway use.  The M799 provides superior traction, wear and durability,” said Bert Jones, Manager, Product Marketing, TBR, Retread and OTR, Bridgestone Commercial Solutions.

The M799 has extra-deep cap and base tread compound to promote long, original tread life.  The longwearing cap compound is engineered for the everyday abuse of on and off highway use, while the base compound helps shield the casing from damaging heat for enhanced retreadability.  A tough, top steel belt fights flats by adding protection against road hazards.

The M799 comes in sizes 11R22.5, 11R24.5 and 12R22.5 are available.