Michelin turf tyre earns John Deere award

Australian Farmers & Dealers Journal - - TYRES -

MICHELIN Group's Agri­cul­tural and Earth­mover op­er­at­ing units were re­cently named a Sup­plier of the Year as well as a Part­ner-level sup­plier for 2014 in the John Deere achiev­ing ex­cel­lence pro­gram. The part­ner-level sta­tus is Deere's high­est sup­plier rat­ing. Sup­pli­ers who par­tic­i­pate in the achiev­ing ex­cel­lence pro­gram are eval­u­ated an­nu­ally in key per­for­mance cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing qual­ity, cost man­age­ment, de­liv­ery, tech­ni­cal sup­port and ‘wave­length', which are var­i­ous mea­sures of re­spon­sive­ness. John Deere Supply Man­age­ment cre­ated the pro­gram in 1991 to pro­vide sup­pli­ers with eval­u­a­tions and feed­back that pro­mote con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment. Ad­di­tion­ally, Michelin Tweel Tech­nolo­gies re­ceived a John Deere sup­plier in­no­va­tion award for its The Michelin X Tweel Turf tyre. The award is pre­sented to a select group of sup­pli­ers that have demon­strated in­no­va­tion in a prod­uct or ser­vice they pro­vide to John Deere. Award se­lec­tions are based on four fac­tors: cre­ativ­ity, fea­si­bil­ity, col­lab­o­ra­tion and bot­tom-line im­pact. John Deere cre­ated the sup­plier in­no­va­tion awards in 2010 to pro­mote in­no­va­tion in the com­pany's supply base and rec­og­nize sup­pli­ers that think cre­atively. In 2014, Michelin an­nounced an ex­clu­sive part­ner­ship with John Deere to equip its ZTRAKTM 900 Se­ries line-up of zero-turn com­mer­cial mow­ers with the ground-break­ing Michelin X-Tweel Turf as orig­i­nal equip­ment to re­place a stan­dard 24x12x12 tyre. Em­manuel Ladent, group direc­tor of Michelin's agriculture tire di­vi­sion, ac­cepted the Sup­plier of the Year Award on Michelin Group's be­half dur­ing a cer­e­mony hosted by Deere in Bet­ten­dorf, Iowa. “Our busi­ness teams have worked very hard in­deed to es­tab­lish a spirit of mu­tual part­ner­ship with our as­so­ciates at John Deere, which has re­sulted in a strong and grow­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween our companies,” said Em­manuel LADENT. Michelin de­liv­ers prod­ucts to mul­ti­ple Deere man­u­fac­tur­ing sites glob­ally: Daven­port, Iowa; Thi­bo­daux, Louisiana; Water­loo, Iowa; East Mo­line, Ill.; Des Moines, Iowa; Au­gusta, Ga.; FuquayVa­rina, N.C.; Val­ley City, N.D.; Dubuque, Iowa; Horst, The Nether­lands; Mannheim, Ger­many; Inda­iatuba, Brazil; and Zweibrucken, Ger­many. Mean­while, in a fur­ther sign of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Michelin and John Deere, seven trac­tor-driv­ing fi­nal­ists in the Euro­pean Drivers Chal­lenge have been in­vited to the Michelin Tech­ni­cal In­no­va­tion Cen­tre Test Cir­cuit in Ladoux, France to demon­strate how best prac­tice can af­fect trac­tor per­for­mance. Each par­tic­i­pant will get his own John Deere 6215R Au­toPowr trac­tor, pulling a heavy 20 tonne Joskin two axle trailer. The trac­tors will be equipped with Michelin MachXBib tyres, with trail­ers fea­tur­ing Michelin Car­goXBib High Flota­tion tyres. The par­tic­i­pants will be challenged to select their own strat­egy of trac­tor set­tings and tyre in­fla­tion pres­sures. The seven trac­tor op­er­a­tors from seven Euro­pean coun­tries will com­pete to win the Euro­pean Drivers Chal­lenge ti­tle, each rep­re­sent­ing their home coun­try, with par­tic­i­pants from France, Ger­many, Ire­land, Nether­lands, Por­tu­gal, Spain and UK. Un­like tra­di­tional mo­tor rac­ing, it's not the trac­tor op­er­a­tor with the fastest lap who will make it onto the podium. The winner will be the con­tes­tant with the best over­all strat­egy to achieve a fast trans­port time, com­bined with the low­est pos­si­ble fuel con­sump­tion and the least soil com­paction in the field. Fur­ther­more, they will need to com­plete a han­dling course along the way too, and en­sure they suc­ceed in all ob­jec­tives with­out any fail­ures. The range of tasks rep­re­sents the typ­i­cal daily chal­lenges that today's con­trac­tors con­stantly face. Time and money mat­ter: that's why it is es­sen­tial that farm­ers and con­trac­tors use the lat­est tech­nolo­gies avail­able in or­der to win the bat­tle of speed, fuel ef­fi­ciency and soil pro­tec­tion. The Euro­pean Drivers Chal­lenge has been or­gan­ised jointly by John Deere and Michelin to demon­strate how the proper un­der­stand­ing of tech­nol­ogy by users in­flu­ences per­for­mance both on the road and in the field, even when us­ing highly au­to­mated equip­ment. The event is de­signed to show­case the key role tyres play in man­ag­ing dif­fi­cult ter­rain with dif­fer­ent lev­els of grip and trac­tion, whilst pro­tect­ing the soil from com­paction and sav­ing on fuel. Lo­cated close to Michelin's head­quar­ters, the Michelin Tech­ni­cal In­no­va­tion Cen­tre Test Cir­cuit is one of the world's largest ve­hi­cle test fa­cil­i­ties, made up of 19 tracks to­talling more than 41km – typ­i­cally the ex­clu­sive pre­serve of Michelin re­search and de­vel­op­ment en­gi­neers test­ing fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of tyres.

The award-win­ning Michelin X Tweel Turf tyre go­ing over a curb.

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