Posted on March 01, 2011

Michelin Earthmover and Industrial Tires Introduces XZR™ Tire For Ground Support, Materials Handling Equipment

New Tire Covered Under 90-Day and Six-Month Guarantees

GREENVILLE, S.C., (March 1, 2011) – Michelin Earthmover and Industrial Tires has launched the MICHELIN® XZR tire for airport ground support vehicles, as well as for lift trucks in the materials handling industry and street sweepers. The XZR tire provides increased operator comfort, speed capability and traction compared to the current Michelin offering for these applications.

"Our customers need a tire in these applications that lowers their total cost of ownership," said Roger Lucas, vice president of sales and marketing, Michelin Earthmover and Industrial Tires. "The XZR meets that need with its robust casing and tread features, providing long life and damage protection to keep the equipment up and running."

The MICHELIN XZR tire is engineered for cooler running due to its tread pattern, specialized rubber compounds and radial design, allowing equipment to operate at speeds up to 31 mph (50kmh). With the grip of the multi-block tread pattern, high lug ratio and large optimized contact area, the XZR tire offers significant levels of traction and stability for year-round use. The tread pattern and its compounding are also designed to maximize tire life and minimize irregular wear. The tire is available in two sizes: 6.00R9 and 7.00R12.

The XZR tire is guaranteed under both the MICHELIN® 90-Day and Six-Month Guarantees. If the customer is not completely satisfied with the tires within 90 days, Michelin will replace the tires for free. The Six-Month Guarantee reflects the ability of the tire to resist damage and flats. If an XZR tire goes flat within the first six months, Michelin will cover the repair charges. For complete details on the guarantees, visit the Michelin Earthmover and Industrial Tires website or call 1-877-574-8473.

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About Michelin North America

Michelin, the leading mobility company, is working with tires, around tires and beyond tires to enable Motion for Life. Dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility and sustainability, Michelin designs and distributes the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its customers’ needs. Michelin provides digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences. Bringing its expertise to new markets, the company is investing in high-technology materials, 3D printing and hydrogen, to serve a wide variety of industries — from aerospace to biotech. Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, Michelin North America has approximately 22,500 employees and operates 34 production facilities in the United States and Canada. (