GREENVILLE, S.C. — Michelin North America Inc. is adding a pair of pre-mold retread designs to its portfolio.
"Fleet managers are under pressure to have well-managed tire programs, yet some managers may be pressured into selecting low-priced tires instead of high-quality retreads," Adam Murphy, vice president of B2B marketing for Michelin, said.
"The smart money is on retreads."
The new offerings — the Michelin X Multi T-SA and X One Line Energy T2 pre-mold retreads — are designed to lower costs and improve performance, the company said.
The X Multi T-SA retread is designed to address the scrub and stresses in spread- and tag-axle applications while also providing "superior" mileage performance in regional and super-regional operations, Michelin said.
The X One Line Energy T2 retread is designed to lower the cost of ownership for the North American line-haul market through improved trailer treadwear and fuel savings, the company continued.
Using retreads saves on resources when compared with a new tire, Mr. Murphy said.
"Retreading plays the central role in delivering the lowest total tire program cost and creates the greatest return on a fleet's tire investment. In addition, manufacturing a retreaded tire requires 15 gallons less oil and approximately 90-100 pounds less total material than a new tire, so the environment also benefits," he said.
The X One Line Energy T2 is designed for better wear versus the previous X One Line Energy T Pre-Mold Retread that's being replaced.
This new retread "provides outstanding handling for increased driver confidence and has microsipes and a solid shoulder to help reduce irregular wear," Michelin said.