Michelin North America is launching two new pre-mold retreads to broaden its lineup of tire retread technologies.
The Michelin Z Multi T-SA pre-mold retread is designed to address the scrub and stresses in spread axle and tag axle applications while also providing superior mileage performance in regional and super-regional operations. The Michelin X One Line Energy T2 pre-mold retread is designed to lower the total cost of ownership for the North American line-haul market through improved trailer tread wear and fuel savings.
“Fleet managers are under pressure to have well-managed tire programs, yet some managers may be pressured into selecting low-priced tires instead of high-quality retreads,” says Adam Murphy, vice president, B2B marketing, Michelin. “The smart money is on retreads. Retreading plays the central role in delivering the lowest total tire program cost and creates the greatest return on a fleet’s tire investment. In addition, manufacturing a retreaded tire requires 15 gallons less oil and approximately 90-100 pounds less total material than a new tire, so the environment also benefits.”
Michelin says the X Multi T-SA retread tire is targeted for regional and super-regional operations. A new premium rubber compound enhances scrub resistance and wear rate while rounded, solid shoulder provides resistance to aggression. The company says this retread provides maximum tread-to-shoulder adhesion in high scrub applications and provides up to 25 percent more mileage. Groove-bottom protectors defend against stone drilling. And the retread is available with a deep 16/32-in., tread depth in six tread base width/tread width with wings, including: 185/225, 195/235, 205/205, 215/255, 225/265 and 245/285.
The X One Line Energy T2 is designed for better wear versus the Michelin X One Line Energy T Pre-Mold retread it replaces. For line-haul applications, the retread provides outstanding handling for increased driver confidence and has microsipes and a solid shoulder to help reduce irregular wear, Michelin says. This premium trailer-position retread also offers fuel savings through its advanced compound tread for a lower total cost of ownership. A winged tread provides maximum shoulder adhesion to the casing while waved grooves help prevent stone drilling and wide grooves promote improved water evacuation. Michelin adds this retread meets SmartWay requirements and offers breakthrough new-tire technology in a retread. It is available is available in a 375/425 tread base width/tread width with wings size with a 13/32-in., tread depth. It will be available July 1, the company says.