Michelin to Demonstrate Low-Pressure Agriculture Tires at Canadian Farm Show
GREENVILLE, S.C., July 19, 2016 -- One of the most effective ways farmers can improve yield is to minimize soil compaction by using tire fitments that are designed to operate at lower air pressures compared to standard radial tires.
At the Ag in Motion Show, Western Canada's outdoor farm expo on July 19-21 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, attendees will clearly see how MICHELIN low-pressure agriculture tires can reduce soil compaction and increase yield.
"This is a great opportunity for us to showcase why farmers should think about their tires and what loads they can carry, because that makes a big difference to their equipment performance, their soil, their crop yield and ultimately their bottom lines. MICHELIN Ultraflex Technology is one of the best investments they can make to help maximize equipment efficiency and increase crop yields," said Mike Pantaleo, customer engineering support for Michelin Agriculture tires. "We are excited to have the chance to conduct demonstrations to provide farmers with a chance to see with their own eyes the sharp contrast of a side-by-side comparison of our MICHELIN Ultraflex Technology."
In addition, Michelin is introducing three new tires sizes for North American farmers. The following new tire models, designed for tractors, telescopic handlers and loaders, include:
MICHELIN® AXIOBIBTM IF 750/75R46 and MICHELIN® AXIOBIBTM IF 650/65R38
The new MICHELIN® AXIOBIBTM IF 750/75R46 and MICHELIN® AXIOBIBTM IF 650/65R38 are the latest additions to Michelin's AXIOBIB line. They are designed with MICHELIN Ultraflex Technology, an innovative tire and a casing design that promotes soil protection, fuel savings, longer service life and greater endurance. These two new tire sizes offer a high load capacity and a low level of compaction for large mechanical front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive machines. An IF (Increased Flexion) tire has the same rolling circumference as the industry-standard radial tire, but it can handle the same weight at up to 20 percent lower air pressure or allow for 20 percent more load at the same pressure. Running at a lower air pressure reduces cost of production by improving traction and fuel economy while reducing slip and soil compaction. They are the newest size additions to the AXIOBIB family and are immediately available for North American farmers.
MICHELIN® BIBLOAD Hard Surface™ (HS) 440/80R24
Designed for asphalt and other solid surface applications in agricultural and construction, this hard surface tire offers radial construction, steel belts and reinforced casing for puncture resistance. It is designed to carry out a large number of lateral, longitudinal and transversal movements on hard, wet and even snow-covered surfaces. With a patented, 96 multi-directional diamond-shaped tread block design and robust sidewalls, BIBLOAD Hard Surface provides reduced hourly costs and superior longevity. The tread design facilitates the evacuation of mud and greatly increases traction in snow removal applications.
MICHELIN Ultraflex Technology, developed in 2004 with the introduction of the MICHELIN® XEOBIB® tire, is the breakthrough mobility innovation that makes the ever-increasing power and weight of today's farm machinery more efficient. Michelin was the first tire manufacturer to introduce high-flexing tires in North America with the introduction of the MICHELIN® AXIOBIB® tires and the first tire in the industry rated by the U.S. Tire and Rim Association as IF (Increased Flexion).
For more information on MICHELIN Ultraflex tires, visit www.MichelinAg.com or contact your local Michelin AgricultureTire dealer.
1 Refer to the Load and Inflation Table in the most recent Michelin Agricultural Databook for the load carrying capacity.
About Michelin North America, Inc.
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 has earned a long-standing reputation for building innovative premium tires. Since 1989, Michelin has received 80 J.D. Power tire customer satisfaction awards—five times the number of all other tire manufacturers combined. In addition to tires, the company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) employs about 22,700 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants.