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Michelin X Multi Energy Z

GREENVILLE, S.C. (Feb. 18, 2014) —Michelin North America Inc. has unveiled its Michelin X Multi Energy Z regional steer tire that meets U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay-verified requirements.

Michelin said the tire, available March 1 in the U.S. and Canada, offers reduced rolling resistance, longevity and a high degree of overall durability for regional and super-regional fleets.

The tire's target segments are the regional operators needing SmartWay verification and line-haul operators involved in the super-regional segment—such as parcel, dry van LTL, food & beverage, and pickup & delivery.

The tire features a dual compound tread consisting of a wear-resistant layer and a durability layer that cools the casing for longer life and reduces rolling resistance. The tread sculpture with inter-locking Matrix sipes distributes force for more even wear and curb guards to extend casing life, the tire maker said.

"The new Michelin X Multi Energy Z offers the industry's best combination of fuel savings and mileage in a regional application," said Ted Becker, vice president of marketing for Michelin Americas Truck Tires. "When combined with the Michelin X Multi Energy D drive tire, the Michelin X Multi Energy Z provides a complete SmartWay regional solution."

The Michelin X Multi Energy Z tire will be available in three sizes: 11R22.5 LRG, 11R22.5 LRH and 275/80R22.5 LRH.

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Titan International and the United Steelworkers union have petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce seeking relief from OTR tire imports from China, India and Sri Lanka. What’s your opinion?

I wholeheartedly support their action – something needs to be done.
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I oppose any duties against tire importers—they only raise costs for distributors and make it harder to obtain inventory.
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