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Michelin Developing Airless Tire/Wheel Called 'Tweel'

December 05, 2014

The Tweel SSL is designe for use on skid steer loaders. Photo courtesy of Michelin.
The Tweel SSL is designe for use on skid steer loaders. Photo courtesy of Michelin.

Michelin's newest plant will produce the Michelin X Tweel Airless Radial Tire for commercial vehicles. The Tweel is a non-pneumatic tire that connects the tire and wheel with a rigid hub connected to a shear beam made of flexible, deformable polyurethane spokes.

The Tweel is Michelin's attempt to solve the challenge of chronic flat tires that plagues the landscape, construction, contracting, refuse/recycling, and agricultural industries, according to the company.

The new plant gives Michelin the ability to boost output of its Tweel SSL skid-steer tires and begin production of the new Tweel Turf as original equipment for John Deere to equip its ZTRAK 900 Series lineup of zero-turn commercial mowers.

The Tweel is the industry’s first commercialized airless radial solution, Michelin said.

The new 135,000 square-foot facility in Piedmont, S.C., represents Michelin’s 10th manufacturing facility in South Carolina and the 16th in the U.S. The company will invest about $50 million in the new plant.

Comments

  1. 1. Tony [ December 12, 2014 @ 09:56AM ]

    This proposed new product is just what criminals need to assist them in running fr the law. A tire that can defeat the spike strip.

 

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