Posted on April 24, 2019

Michelin Adds New Size of Most Popular Surface-Mine Tire


MICHELIN XDR3 tire size 27.00R49 provides increased tire life and load capacity

GREENVILLE, S.C., April 24, 2019 — After six years of development and testing, Michelin North America, Inc., today introduced the MICHELIN® XDR® 3 surface-mine haul tire in size 27.00R49. Addressing the productivity and endurance issues found in today’s surface mines, the XDR3 — developed for a range of rigid dump trucks with payload capacity up to 400 tons — is designed with new compounds and a revolutionary new tread pattern that helps provide exceptional tire life. The use of corrosion-isolating cables in the tire architecture is a significant upgrade in situations where this equipment is always moving as it is operated for up to 23 hours-per-day in extreme terrain.

These innovations allow customers to select the benefit that best fits their needs. Customers can choose not to increase speed or load and expect a 10-percent increase in tire life. Or customers could choose either to increase speed by 10 percent or increase load by 10 percent and achieve the same tire life as the previous generation. This flexibility allows Michelin to better support customer needs and goals.

“Michelin’s most popular tire has been tested on multiple truck brands and is designed for punishing environments where the goal is safety and performance,” said Jake Thompson, Michelin North America’s B2B mining marketing manager. “Michelin responds to customer needs by providing long-lasting, innovative products that solve their most demanding business challenges in the specific environments where they operate.”

The MICHELIN XDR3 is designed for operator safety. Michelin’s revolutionary tread pattern provides excellent load distribution across the contact patch, lowers contact pressure and reduces wear rate(2). In addition, the tread pattern is designed for better endurance thanks to revolutionary heat dissipation(3). This helps to prevent tire overheating which can result in tire failure, and in turn, jeopardize operator safety. The XDR3 is MEMS-ready.

This MICHELIN XDR3 size replaces the MICHELIN XDR2 size effective Jan. 1.

  1. Compared to MICHELIN® XDR2 tires in size 27.00R49. Actual results may vary. (Source: 2017 MICHELIN Earthmover Technical Databook).
  2. Compared to MICHELIN® XDR2 tires in size 27.00R49.  Actual results may vary. (Source: 2017 MICHELIN Earthmover Technical Databook).
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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. (michelinman.com