Published on March 28, 2014

Next-generation Michelin X One debuts

Tire Business photo by Bruce Davis
Bibendum helps Ted Becker, vice president of marketing for Michelin Americas Truck Tires, unveil the 2 millionth X One wide-base radial truck Michelin has produced in North America since its debut in 2000.

LOUISVILLE (March 27, 2014) — Michelin Americas Truck Tires, which recently passed the 2 million threshold of X One wide-base single truck tires produced, has re-engineered the product’s basic casing construction to address the issue of irregular wear.

The evolution, known as “Advanced Casing Technology,” is used in Michelin’s newest product, the X One Line Energy T trailer tire, which Michelin debuted at the 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville.

Michelin claims the new product, designed for long-haul applications, offers 15-percent better original treadlife compared with the X One XTA \1, thanks to the new casing technology, which yields a contact patch with a consistent footprint.

Available in size 445/50R22.5, the SmartWay-verified X One Line Energy T tire has solid shoulders and microsipes that also help resist irregular wear.  Michelin is offering a companion X One Line Energy T pre-mold retread.

Michelin launched the tire at a press conference at MATS, where it also marked the production of the 2 millionth X One since its debut 14 years ago, including 1 million produced in the past four years.

Fleets that have switched to X One tires have experienced improvements of up to a 10 percent in fuel efficiency while also saving more 740 pounds of weight per truck.

“…we look forward to delivering additional savings to our customers with the launch of the new X One trailer tire featuring the breakthrough Advanced Casing Technology,” said Ted Becker, vice president of marketing for Michelin Americas Truck Tires.

The X One technology also allows line haul and regional customers to meet Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay requirements and Calilfornia’s Air Resources Board regulations.




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