Michelin has been awarded a prestigious Sima Innovation Gold Medal for its new 2-in-1 tyre that features a smart tread pattern that evolves to match the application.
The 2-in-1 tyre, which will be officially revealed at Sima in March 2017, has been designed to support farmers who increasingly opt for larger machinery that has to perform both in the field and on the road.
When set at high pressures for road work, the tyres’ central band grips the road providing the tyre with a road optimised profile. The adapted tread pattern gives a smoother vibration-free ride, while saving farmers fuel and improving safety.
In the field, working at low pressures, the tyres’ footprint spreads across a wider surface, helping to boost traction while improving soil protection. Compared to a Michelin AxioBib tyre of the same dimensions, the 2-in-1 tyre demonstrated a 20 per cent increased ground contact patch.
Director of Michelin’s agricultural business unit, Emmanuel Ladent, who accepted the award on behalf of the Michelin Group, said it was a privilege to receive the Sima Innovation Gold Medal on behalf of the dedicated, hardworking teams at Michelin.
“The 2-in-1 tyre is a real game changer and is the latest in the line of innovative tyre technologies brought to market by Michelin,” he added. “It builds on previous innovations such as Ultraflex technology and the Connected tyre, and we’re looking forward to the first presentation of this 2-in-1 tyre at Sima in March 2017.”
The patented technology was developed by Michelin’s 6,700-strong team of R&D scientists, and the company believes that the new technology will help farmers face the challenge of growing food sustainably at affordable prices.
For more information visit: http://agricultural.michelin.