New MICHELIN® AxioBib TM RCI 50 tire designed for larger, high horsepower tractors in Europe to meet demand for increased crop output
GREENVILLE, S.C. (Aug. 27, 2013) — Responding to demand for increased crop output and use of very high horsepower (HHP) tractors, Michelin Agricultural Tires has introduced its MICHELIN® AxioBib™ IF850/75R42 prototype, the largest tractor tire in its lineup. Unveiled during the SIMA 2013 trade fair held in February, the RCI 50 (Rolling Circumference Index) tire is aligned with this emerging trend in the world of farming.
The MICHELIN AxioBib IF850/75R42 will integrate MICHELIN’s Ultraflex Technologies, which make it possible to carry heavier loads at lower pressures. This means more traction as well as less soil compaction. With this innovative new technological development, Michelin is providing a response to farmers’ needs to increase productivity while protecting the value of their soil. The prototype can be viewed in the Michelin booth 618 during Farm Progress being held in Decatur, Ill. August 27-29, 2013.
With a height of 7.61 feet and a load capacity of 21,000 pounds, the prototype version is designed for high horsepower tractors that deliver 350 horsepower and more. Eighty percent of the total high horsepower tractors are sold in the U.S. market. The benefits of this prototype include up to 20 percent more load capacity, up to 20 percent more traction from a longer footprint, less soil compaction with a low pressure level, and a D speed rating of up to 40mph while using a standard rim.
Because tires are key farm productivity factors, farmers are increasingly demanding better solutions in tire technology. In every phase of the crop cycle, in the field and on the road, efficient performance and soil protection are essential to ensuring the long-term sustainability of farm operations.
Michelin, the world’s leader in radial agricultural, is committed to delivering more performance in the same tire. The company is leveraging its expertise to enable farmers to develop their operations while safely protecting their land and other resources.
About Michelin North America
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.