New X-Traction tire from Michelin introduced to U.S. market

Jan. 1, 2020
Michelin?s new X-Traction earthmover transport tire for rocky terrain is now available to North American tire dealers.

Michelin’s new X-Traction earthmover transport tire for rocky terrain is now available to North American tire dealers.

“We’re constantly monitoring the North American market’s tire needs in order to provide the industry with the best possible tire performance for the application,” says Roger Lucas, vice president of sales and marketing.

“Expanding the X-Traction tire offering into North America and with additional sizes is a prime example of this commitment,” he points out. “The X-Traction tire will provide outstanding performance for rigid frame trucks in a wide variety of applications.”

These types of construction and mining vehicles face rugged on-the-job challenges that require significant treadlife and traction levels along with sidewall and tread area damage resistance, according to Lucas.

“To help cope with the demands rigid frame trucks face, Michelin has integrated two new technologies into the new generation of X-Traction tires,” he says. “The first feature is the new Cooling System shoulder design, and the second is the C2 Technology casing architecture. Together, these innovations reduce heat build-up, thereby enabling trucks to operate continuously at higher speeds.”

The tread is up to 13 percent deeper, which extends tire life by up to 15 percent while improving resistance to cuts and impacts. It also reduces tire costs because it is easier to retread because of a robust tread that protects the casing, he says. The casing design helps to reduce fuel consumption by up to 5 percent, saving nearly $4,000 a year in fuel and lowering carbon emissions.

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