MICHELIN DISTRIBUTES THE TWEEL® FOR SKID STEER LOADERS
Greenville, SC, October 29, 2012
Michelin is now distributing the MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® SSL, a non-pneumatic mobility solution for skid steer loaders in the landscaping, construction, contracting, refuse/recycling and agricultural industries.
The MICHELIN 12N16.5 X Tweel SSL hub design is universal and can be fitted on most skid steer loaders. It is available in the U.S. and Canada as a no compromise solution for skid steer owners.
Introduced by Michelin in 2005, the Tweel® (a tire and wheel assembly) is a single unit replacing the current tire, wheel and valve assembly. It replaces the 23 components of a typical radial tire and is comprised of a rigid hub, connected to a shear band by means of flexible, deformable polyurethane spokes and a tread band, all functioning as a single unit.
"This is a very exciting time for Michelin," said Tim Fulton, head of Michelin Tweel Technologies. "Michelin captured the fascination of the world with the concept of the Tweel; now landscapers, contractors and other skid steer loader operators will have the opportunity to use this innovative technology in their everyday businesses and experience the advantages first-hand."
Skid steer loaders with pneumatic tires typically experience several flat tires per month. To reduce downtime from flats, many users fill their pneumatic tires with foam or replace them with solid tires, resulting in machines with inadequate traction, handling and ride comfort.
The MICHELIN X Tweel SSL solves this problem by delivering no maintenance, no downtime and no compromise. The Tweel provides the advantages of no maintenance of air pressure, easy mounting, damage resistance, increased operator comfort, reduced operator fatigue, improved productivity, longer wear life than pneumatic tires, and excellent traction. The Tweel has years of field testing in the most demanding work site environments.
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 and motorcycles. The company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelin-us.com) employs more than 22,300 and operates 18 major manufacturing plants in 16 locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Mary Ann Kotlarich
Michelin North America