Michelin Introduces New Tire for Ground Support, Materials Handling Equipment

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.

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, motorcycles and the space shuttle. The company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinearthmover.com) employs more than 21,400 and operates 18 major manufacturing plants in 16 locations.

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