Posted on March 21, 2013

Michelin Retread Technologies Launches MICHELIN® X® LINE ENERGY D Pre-Mold Retread


SmartWay® verified retread offers fuel efficiency without compromise

Greenville, S.C. (March 21, 2013)Michelin Retread Technologies today announced the launch of the  MICHELIN® X® LINETM ENERGY D Pre-MoldTM retread, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay® verified drive tread for line haul applications.  This retread delivers exceptional fuel economy with breakthrough levels of tread life and outstanding traction, providing significant value and performance for over the road fleets. The exceptional value that the MICHELIN® X® LINETM ENERGY D Pre-MoldTM retread delivers is backed by a guarantee of 25% more mileage versus other SmartWay ® verified drive retreads.

The new retread follows the August 2012 introduction of the MICHELIN® X® LINETM ENERGY D tire for highway applications and is the first dual casing MICHELIN® ON MICHELIN® retread offering.  MICHELIN® ON MICHELIN®   is a designation that signifies you are buying a premium retread that utilizes Michelin’s most advanced designs and compounds to deliver significant value to the fleet. MICHELIN® ON MICHELIN®   designated retreads are only available for retreading on Michelin brand casings.

“Michelin is addressing trucking companies’ ongoing concerns of balancing low rolling resistance with mileage and traction through the introduction of the MICHELIN X LINE ENERGY D tire and now the innovative MICHELIN X LINE ENERGY D Pre-Mold retread,” said Ted Becker, vice president of marketing for Michelin Americas Truck Tires, a division of Michelin North America, Inc. “Retreading is paramount to our customer’s operations. Michelin strives to deliver performance levels in retreads that are comparable to those in new tires for maximum fleet value.”

With 10 total SmartWay verified retreads to be submitted by the third quarter of 2013, Michelin is committed to maintaining our leadership by offering a wide range of products that deliver fuel savings, excellent mileage, and traction.

“Quite simply, all fuel efficient tires and retreads are not equal,” added Ted Becker. “We have been and will remain focused on bringing products to our customers that lead in fuel efficiency while delivering benchmark levels of mileage and traction. It is Michelin’s commitment to provide fuel efficiency without compromise.”

The Dual Compound Tread helps to make the MICHELIN® X® LINETM ENERGY D Pre-MoldTM retread a winning combination of fuel efficiency and long tread life. The top layer of tread rubber delivers enhanced wear resistance while the bottom layer incorporates a cool running tread rubber which minimizes internal casing temperatures for low rolling resistance and extended casing life.

“The MICHELIN X LINE ENERGY D Pre-Mold retread is the first line haul energy drive dual retread to employ Michelin's Matrix Siping Technology,” said Ted Becker. “The zigzag, grooved walls of the siping provide biting edges with interlocking action that deliver improved traction and even wear. The full-depth, teardrop siping feature extends late life traction and improves tear resistance.” 

The MICHELIN® X® LINETM ENERGY D Pre-MoldTM retread has 21/32nds of tread depth, and is only available for retreading on MICHELIN® casings.  Details of the MICHELIN® ON MICHELIN® mileage guarantee for the MICHELIN® X® LINETM ENERGY D Pre-MoldTM retread can be found at

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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. (