GREENVILLE, S.C., July 9, 2018 — Michelin North America, Inc., is launching its most aggressive answer for underground mining (UGM) tires, specifically made for loaders and transport machines operating in extreme conditions.
Available immediately, the MICHELIN® X Mine® D2 Pro and the XSM® D2+ Pro Line of tires is designed with three key benefits: increased load capacity, improved tire life and improved aggression resistance.
“Underground mining managers demand products that reduce downtime while keeping their operators safe. They do not want underground equipment to stop working due to tire limitations,” said Jake Thompson, Michelin marketing manager - mining. “The Pro Line is specifically designed to address the tough conditions found in underground mines and reduce downtime.”
The MICHELIN X Mine Pro series has an increased load capacity of up to 18 percent(1) engineered into the L5 UGM tire through a reinforced 3-star *** casing and two extra plies which contain crossed-nylon cords encased in rubber for greater resistance and toughness.
Underground mining conditions can bring a premature end to a tire as it encounters sharp rocks, standing water and narrow tunnels. End users highly value a tire which can reach end of life without having to scrap prematurely. To improve tire life, Michelin has incorporated NRF technology(2) that reinforces the sidewalls and resists sidewall injuries from migrating. By significantly improving overall tire life, mines may have to purchase fewer tires and allow them to improve profitability.
Improved aggression resistance in the MICHELIN X Mine Pro series is made possible through significant improvements to the cables and tread compounds. The encapsulated cables, found in the working plies, provide better protection against aggressions and oxidation. To endure the harshest of conditions, the tire contains optimized tread compounds(3).
The MICHELIN X Mine D2 Pro tire is available in the United States and Canada in 17.5R25, 18.00R25, 20.5R25, 23.5R25, 26.5R25, 29.5R25, and 29.5R29 sizes. The XSM D2+ Pro is available in 17.5R25, 18.00R25, 26.5R25, and 29.5R29 sizes. To learn more about earthmover tires and services, visit MichelinEarthmover.com.
- Based on comparisons of the MICHELIN® XSM® D2+ PRO and X MINE® D2 PRO to the MICHELIN® XSM® D2+ and MICHELIN® X MINE® D2, as set forth in the 2018 Michelin Data Book. Actual results may vary.
- Based on computer modeling comparisons of the MICHELIN® XSM® D2 + PRO and X MINE® D2 PRO tires compared to MICHELIN® XSM® D2+ and MICHELIN X MINE® D2 tires.Actual results may vary.
- Based upon improved aggression resistance and on computer modeling comparing the tread compounds included in the MICHELIN® XSM® D2+ PRO to the MICHELIN® XSM® D2+.Actual results may vary.
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. 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. Forbes magazine has ranked Michelin No. 1 on its annual survey of “Best Large Employers in America” for 2018. Learn more about purpose-driven careers with a purpose-driven company at jobs.michelinman.com.