MICHE­LIN RE­GEN­ER­AT­ING-TREAD TYRE LAUNCHED FOR COACH TRAVEL MAR­KET

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FRENCH TYRE MAN­U­FAC­TURER Miche­lin has launched its lat­est tyre for long-dis­tance and re­gional coach op­er­a­tions – fea­tur­ing a re­gen­er­at­ing tread pat­tern – it was an­nounced at the 2018 IAA Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles Show in Han­nover, Ger­many, re­cently.

Known as the Miche­lin X Coach Z, the new all-round tyre fit­ment for coaches re­duces op­er­at­ing costs and im­proves safety, the com­pany states.

The new 295/80 R 22.5 Miche­lin X Coach Z can be fit­ted on both steer and drive axles and is M+S and 3PMSF marked, en­sur­ing mo­bil­ity and safety in all sea­sons, says Miche­lin.

Com­bin­ing two in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies – Re­ge­nion and In­fini­coil – the new tyre is more ro­bust and has an in­creased mileage po­ten­tial, says Miche­lin – de­liv­er­ing a 16 per cent in­crease over the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion prod­uct: the Miche­lin X Coach HL Z.

As part of the tyre gi­ant’s global prod­uct strat­egy, the Miche­lin X Coach Z de­liv­ers a “long last­ing per­for­mance” with a re­gen­er­at­ing tread pat­tern, it states. This com­prises a tread de­sign that changes as it wears, with grooves and wa­ter­clear­ing chan­nels open­ing up in the later stages of the tyre’s life, says Miche­lin.

The new groove de­sign also helps max­imise the con­tact patch, put­ting more rub­ber on the ground and en­sur­ing high lev­els of wet grip, it’s claimed.

WIN­TER WEAR

In ad­di­tion, the tyre is marked 3PMSF, which tes­ti­fies its abil­ity to per­form well in win­ter con­di­tions, Miche­lin says. This ver­sa­tile, long-life prod­uct also boasts a ro­bust con­struc­tion, which bring re­li­a­bil­ity and min­imised down­time; both of which are es­sen­tial for pas­sen­ger trans­port op­er­a­tions, it states.

Equally im­por­tant is the low noise lev­els, which are re­duced due to the in­no­va­tive tread de­sign, it says.

Thanks to its proven win­ter ca­pa­bil­i­ties, as demon­strated by the 3PMSF mark­ing, the new Miche­lin X Coach Z is suit­able for use all year ’round, and elim­i­nates the costs as­so­ci­ated with stor­age and tyre changes, it says.

HOW IS IT DONE?

Miche­lin says it achieved these char­ac­ter­is­tics by com­bin­ing two of its tech­nolo­gies: Re­ge­nion and In­fini­coil.

Ac­cord­ing to Miche­lin, Re­ge­nion is ba­si­cally dif­fer­ently-shaped grooves, en­sur­ing min­i­mal tread de­for­ma­tion, which low­ers rolling re­sis­tance and leads to less fuel con­sump­tion. Plus, the lon­gi­tu­di­nal grooves re­gen­er­ate as the tyre wears to de­liver a high level of grip and trac­tion through­out its life­cy­cle in all weather con­di­tions, it says.

Miche­lin en­gi­neers use “ground­break­ing” 3D me­tal print­ing tech­niques to man­u­fac­ture the com­plex moulds that en­able them to pro­duce the so­phis­ti­cated tread pat­terns and pro­files that emerge as the tyre wears, it states.

Ad­di­tion­ally, In­fini­coil tech­nol­ogy fea­tures a con­tin­u­ously wound steel wire of up to 400 me­ters long – depend­ing on tyre size – in­side the cas­ing. This high-ten­sile steel wire in­creases tyre strength and thus op­ti­mises the ground con­tact patch and de­liv­ers the 16 per cent in­crease in mileage po­ten­tial, it’s claimed.

Con­cur­rently, the ro­bust tyre struc­ture gives it an ex­cel­lent load rat­ing and, when fit­ted to the front axle, the new Miche­lin X Coach Z can bear a load of up to 7.5 met­ric tons on the front axle, the com­pany says.

The Miche­lin X Coach Z is avail­able now in 295/80 R 22.5 di­men­sions and is suit­able for re-groov­ing and re­tread­ing, which can both save money, raw ma­te­ri­als and help re­duce op­er­at­ing costs, Miche­lin says.

ABOUT MICHE­LIN

Miche­lin is ded­i­cated to en­hanc­ing its clients’ mo­bil­ity, sus­tain­ably, de­sign­ing and dis­tribut­ing the most suit­able tyres, ser­vices and so­lu­tions

“Re­ge­nion is dif­fer­ently-shaped grooves, en­sur­ing min­i­mal tread de­for­ma­tion....”

for its clients’ needs, pro­vid­ing dig­i­tal ser­vices, maps and guides to help en­rich trips and trav­els and make them unique ex­pe­ri­ences; and de­vel­op­ing high-tech­nol­ogy ma­te­ri­als that serve the mo­bil­ity in­dus­try, it states.

Head­quar­tered in Cler­mon­tFer­rand, France, Miche­lin is present in 171 coun­tries, has more than 114,000 em­ploy­ees and op­er­ates 70 pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties in 17 coun­tries, which to­gether pro­duced around 190 mil­lion tyres in 2017, it’s claimed.

Above:The re­cently launched Miche­lin X Coach Z tyre fea­tures a re­gen­er­at­ing tread pat­tern, the French com­pany states.

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