Michelin to launch tyre pressure management system at Automechanika

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Michelin will unveil its wireless tyre pressure management system at Automechanika Birmingham 6-8 June. The accessory will be distributed by Fit2Go, and is designed to be user-friendly; it can be installed in under three minutes.

The valve-mounted part of the Michelin tyre pressure management system weighs 8g, and transmits pressure and temperature data to a small, windscreen-mounted sensor. The solar-powered sensor flashes and emits an alarm if pressure is incorrect or if temperatures are too high. A separate pressure checker is also supplied, and contactless technology means tyre pressures can be measured accurately without having to unscrew dirty valve caps.

Christian Delhaye, managing director of Michelin Lifestyle Limited, said: “Running tyres at the correct pressure saves money and it saves lives. The Michelin tyre pressure management system is a low-outlay solution to a serious issue, and we believe it will be an extremely popular product.

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GM Shoots for Sustainable Tire Sourcing

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DETROIT – General Motors launches an industry-first sustainable tire-purchasing initiative it hopes will drive the industry toward net-zero deforestation and improve human and labor rights.

“Our supplier partners are an extension of our company,” says Steve Kiefer, senior vice president-Global Purchasing and Supply Chain at GM. “We want to encourage affordable, safer and cleaner options for our customers that drive value to both our organization and the communities in which we work.”

Flanked here by executives from major tire makers Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear and Michelin, Kiefer says he does not expect the program to add cost to the tires.

“It should maintain or even improve our cost structure,” he says.

GM purchases an estimated 49 million tires annually and believes sourcing them sustainably has a number of community, business and environmental benefits, such as addressing climate change, improving yield and quality for natural rubber farmers and mitigating business risk by ensuring long-term availability of the material.

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Michelin Says Stop Buying Tires Early

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When do you change the tires on your car? Although the legal minimum is 1.6 mm of tread, many experts advise replacing rubber at around 3.0 mm. This is because tires are generally believed to perform at their best with lots of tread — but now Michelin has taken the unusual step of warning consumers that this is wrong and swapping tires early is pointless.

The tire manufacturer has hit out at the common belief that tires become less efficient as they wear, explaining that its premium rubber performs better with 1.6 mm of tread than some budget brands with full tread. It also says that tires become more fuel efficient as they wear and rolling resistance decreases, meaning drivers could be using more fuel by changing early.

If everyone in the EU changed their tires at 3.0 mm rather than 1.6 mm, they’d spend €6.9 billion (almost $7.7B) a year in unnecessary tire purchases and additional fuel consumption says Michelin. It adds that it would result in 128 million additional tires being used a year in Europe — which would cause nine million tons of additional CO2 emissions every year.

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General Motors to push for sustainability in tire industry

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Transforming the global rubber and tire supply chain to create lasting, environmentally sound sustainable rubber production requires a collaborative approach. Through an industry-first commitment to sourcing sustainable natural rubber in its tires, General Motors is helping drive the industry toward net-zero deforestation and uphold human and labor rights.

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Michelin raising prices in Europe — again

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AMSTERDAM — Group Michelin is raising prices in Europe in its various segments for the second time in 2017, the French tire-maker disclosed recently in a presentation with financial analysts.

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Four tire makers among GM’s top suppliers

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ORLANDO, Fla.—Bridgestone Corp., Hankook Tire Co. Inc., Kumho Tire Co. Ltd. and Michelin North America Inc. all earned “Supplier of the Year” honors for 2016 from General Motors Co. at the car maker’s recent annual awards ceremony.

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Michelin CrossClimate: A New Type of Tire

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The majority of automobiles in the U.S. carry all-season tires. Enthusiasts sometimes refer to them by another name — no-season tires — as most don’t perform particularly well in either the summer or the winter, sacrificing top-level performance in order to work marginally well in all conditions. In Europe, it’s all about summer tires. If you live where it gets cold and snowy, you buy a second set of dedicated winter tires.

Many European drivers wouldn’t put up with the typical U.S-spec all-season tire’s braking and handling characteristics in warmer weather but still need a proper winter-rated tire. Michelin claims to have the answer with their latest European-market CrossClimate (and the updated CrossClimate+). I hit up the Michelin North America (NA) communications team for further information and to see if this new tire has a place on our side of the Atlantic.

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The US Farm Tire Market 2017, Rising Demand of Wide-Section Tires and Growing Demand of Eco-Friendly Tires

The report “The US Farm Tire Market: Industry Analysis & Outlook (2017-2021)” analyzes the development of this market. The major trends, growth drivers as well as issues being faced by the market are discussed in detail in this report. The four major players: Compagnie Générale des Établissements Michelin SCA, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Inc., Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. and Titan International, Inc., are being profiled along with their key financials and strategies for growth. The report contains a comprehensive analysis of the US farm tire market, with the focus on different farm tire segments.

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Michelin Wins Four J.D. Power Original Equipment Tire Awards

GREENVILLE, S.C.March 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Michelin has been awarded top honors in all four segments of the 2017 J.D. Power Original Equipment Tire Customer Satisfaction Study. The four new awards in 2017 raise Michelin’s win total to 84 all-time since the J.D. Power tire study began in 1989. This tally represents four times more awards than all other tire manufacturers combined.

Michelin swept the industry’s top honors in the Luxury, Passenger Car, Truck/Utility and Performance Sport segments. It was the company’s 14th consecutive highest ranking in the Luxury category, ninth consecutive top ranking for Passenger Car and second consecutive top ranking in the Truck/Utility category.

“Michelin has always been committed to providing our automotive manufacturing partners with a premium product that meets their performance and safety needs,” said Nicolas Duriez, vice president of operations for passenger and light truck original equipment tires, Michelin North and South America. “It is great to see our close collaboration validated by our partners’ most important customers – the purchasers of new vehicles.”

The 2017 U.S. Original Equipment Tire Customer Satisfaction Study is based on responses from more than 29,622 original owners of 2015 and 2016 model-year vehicles. Satisfaction is examined in four measures: tire wear, tire ride, tire appearance and tire traction/handling. The study was fielded in October through December 2016. More information about the 2017 O.E. Tire Customer Satisfaction Study can be found HERE.

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Michelin gains 3 ‘supercar’ OE fitments

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CLERMONT-FERRAND, France — Group Michelin has invested more than two years in the development of tires for recently launched ultra-high-performance sports cars.

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