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Published on May 1, 2012

MICHELIN DELIVERS NEW RETREAD FOR ON/OFF-ROAD USE

MICHELIN®XZY®3 Pre-Mold™ Retread Now Available

GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 1, 2012) – Michelin Retread Technologies is enabling mixed-use fleets and owner-operators to take on the challenges of on/off-road applications with the new MICHELIN® XZY®3 Pre-Mold™ retread. The all-position tread is designed to deliver exceptional wear and durability in on/off-road use, offering a retread that extends the performance of the popular new tire tread design throughout the casing life.

“Retreading is an excellent way for fleets to lower their cost of operation,” said Ted Becker, vice president of marketing for Michelin Americas Truck Tires. “The mixed-use application can make retreading challenging to incorporate, because not every retread can perform in a difficult on/off-road environment. The XZY3 retread answers that call to provide application-specific features that promote long casing and tread life.”

The XZY3 retread’s compound protects against aggression, chipping and cutting, while a center groove bottom protector guards the center channel from any stone drilling and also assists in ejecting any stones or debris from the groove. The tread’s four-rib design delivers the traction needed for the tire to operate in soft soil and mud, a regular challenge for tires in the mixed-use environment. The retread is available in eight sizes – 210, 220, 230, 240, 250, 270, 280 and 290/345. The 290/345 size incorporates a winged tread design into the tread blocks for additional shoulder adhesion in high-scrub applications.

About Michelin

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 also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) employs more than 22,000 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants in 16 locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.