Michelin Earthmover displayed the first tire, a Michelin XDT tire, from its recently completed OTR tire manufacturing facility in Campo Grande, Brazil, at its display at the 2008 ConExpo-Con/AGG show. The tire has been autographed by the employees at the manufacturing facility, which was dedicated in February 2008.
“This tire demonstrates Michelin’s commitment to investment in OTR tire production in the Western Hemisphere, increasing Michelin’s production capacity to address the heavy demand for our OTR tires,” said Luc Minguet, president of Michelin Earthmover Tire worldwide.
“The Campo Grande production facility will complement the expansions taking place at our Lexington, S.C., facility as Michelin continues to demonstrate its commitment to supplying these industries with top-quality, radial tires.”
The Michelin XDT tire is designed to reduce wheel spin and improve traction with its long, even-wearing tread pattern, making it the tire of choice for rigid and bottom dump trucks. The aggressive, deep tread pattern and wide footprint of the XDT tire deliver traction in even the most severe conditions, according to the manufacturer.
The Michelin XDT radial tire also features a strong, flexible low-pressure casing and an improved square shoulder and sidewall designed to offer more protection. The special tread compounds are capable of matching specific conditions, based on the site and vehicle application.
Michelin radial tires, like the XDT tire, offer increased performance with less vehicle damage as well as productivity due to cooler operating temperatures. The low rolling resistance offers efficient fuel economy and combines with the tire’s ease of repair to provide lower overall operating costs, Michelin said.
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