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MICHELIN X® Guard™ range to be fitted ON ASHOK LEYLAND Captain 3718 PLUS long and medium distance commercial vehicles

Michelin To double capacity at Chennai plant to meet increasing demand from replacement market and original equipment makers in India

Michelin, the world’s tyre technology leader, today announced that it has signed a commercial agreement with Ashok Leyland to supply MICHELIN X® Guard™ range of radial truck tyres for its Captain 3718 PLUS long and medium distance commercial vehicles. The industry defining performance of this tyre range is expected to enable Ashok Leyland to pass benefits of fuel efficiency and optimized payload to their customers.

To cater for this increased demand from both the replacement market and original equipment manufacturers in the country, Michelin today inaugurated a new state of the art production line for the MICHELIN X® Guard™ range of tyres in its Chennai plant. The new production line will help double the current capacity of the plant by 2018. The MICHELIN X® Guard™ range of radial truck and bus tyres, offering up to 10% fuel savings*, is exclusively designed, engineered and made for India.

During the inauguration ceremony of the new production line, Mr. Jean-Dominique Senard, Chief Executive Officer of Michelin Group said: “India is a priority market for us and growing demand for our products in the country reaffirms our commitment to keep innovating for our customers here. In a very short time, our Chennai plant has evolved to become one of our most advanced manufacturing facilities globally. The purpose of this plant was to cater to the needs to the Indian market and I am happy to see that we are on target in this journey. The MICHELIN X® Guard™ was conceived to address the Indian market’s need for a tyre that is fuel efficient, safe and lasts longer and to this end we adapted the very best of Michelin technologies to produce a premium tyre at an affordable price.”

At the inauguration of the new production line, H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, said: “I am delighted to be here with Mr Senard of the Michelin Group at a time when the company is expanding its presence in the Indian market. This is another successful example of how our French companies actively contribute to “Make in India” and innovate in India.”

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Vinod K. Dasari, CEO and Managing Director, Ashok Leyland said: “We are pleased to partner Michelin for our latest range of 37T trucks. The MICHELIN X® Guard™ radial tyres provide us tremendous fuel efficiency, helping us offer a differentiated product in this segment. It is heartening to see the new tyre developed using Michelin’s world class innovations right here in India.”

Technologies of MICHELIN X® GUARD™ range

The MICHELIN X® GUARD™ range takes advantage of the latest developments in 3D printing, which is used to produce the tyre moulds: As a result, Regenion™ technology is integrated which regenerates new grooves as the tyre wears, ensuring it retains excellent grip right until the very last mile. The performance of this tyre also benefits from another technology: InfiniCoil™, a several hundred-meter-long thin wire wrapped round the tyre structure giving it added robustness without extra weight, while delivering up to 10%* fuel savings.

*Fuel tests conducted under Michelin and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended methodology and conditions against leading brands of similar size and pattern. Fuel savings based on an assumption of 7,000 km of travel per month in a 10 X 2 vehicle with Diesel prices at INR 55 per litre.

About Michelin

Michelin, the leading tyre company, is dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility, sustainably; designing and distributing the most suitable tyres, services and solutions for its clients’ needs; providing digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences; and developing high-technology materials that serve the mobility industry. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is present in 170 countries, has 111,700 employees and operates 68 production facilities in 17 countries which together produced 187 million tyres in 2016.

MICHELIN X® WORKS™ HD radial tyres launched for construction sector commercial vehicles in India

Michelin, the world’s leading tyre technology leader, today announced the introduction of new MICHELIN 10.00R20 X® WORKS™ HD range radial tyres in India. Manufactured in India, MICHELIN X® WORKS™ HD D (drive axle) and MICHELIN X® WORKS™ HD Z (all positions) are designed to provide an optimum productivity solution for commercial vehicles operating in extremely demanding on and off road usage environments.

Mohan Kumar, Executive Vice President, Marketing & Sales, Michelin India said, “Our 125 years of tyre technology expertise, deep consumer and terrain understanding has powered the MICHELIN X® WORKS™ HD range for the construction industry, which is seeing renewed growth, thanks to government’s infrastructure push. Customers that operate their fleet in these difficult conditions, demand a tyre that is robust and fights against all possible road hazards. With multiple features to protect the crown, sidewall and bead from shocks and impacts, the new range delivers the uptime, durability and capping these fleets demand.

MICHELIN X® WORKS™ HD range provides ruggedness, endurance, durability and safety. These tyres have been designed for users who do majority of their running ON roads, but also need to access construction sites to deliver raw materials and concrete, or to collect waste. Operators need both high mileage for road use and grip and traction on construction sites. The MICHELIN X® WORKS™ range delivers this high-performance combination, allowing users to reduce operating costs.

The new range uses the most advanced Michelin technology. Some of the benefits:

Increased Productivity

  • Robust tyre construction with super high tensile cables offers tougher crown strength. Reinforced casing cable provides stronger sidewall and wider steel belts reduce possible damages and downtime.

Better Ground Handling

  • The drive axle X Works HD D has enhanced ON and OFF grip and aggression wear with large shoulder blocks and wider* transversal V grooves allowing the tyre to perform in difficult road conditions such as in mud and slush.
  • The all position X Works HD Z has stone ejectors at the base of the tread grooves to reduce stone trappings.

Lesser Downtime

  • Additional bead wires offer 25%** higher resistance to possible bead rupture. Bead related issues minimized by additional protection around the beads and additional bead wires.

* As compared to Michelin 10.00R20 XDY3 HD, under Michelin recommended driving conditions and terms of usage

** As compared to Michelin 10.00R20 XZY3, under Michelin recommended driving conditions and terms of usage

MICHELIN X® WORKS™ D and Z range is currently available at all authorised Michelin Truck and Bus tyre dealer network in the country. To locate an authorised Michelin dealer contact us on 18001036424 or info.india@michelin.com. For more information, please visit www.michelintransport.in

About Michelin

Michelin, the leading tyre company, is dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility, sustainably; designing and distributing the most suitable tyres, services and solutions for its clients’ needs; providing digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences; and developing high-technology materials that serve the mobility industry. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is present in 170 countries, has 111,700 employees and operates 68 production facilities in 17 countries which together produced 187 million tyres in 2016.

MICHELIN India manufacturing facility awarded ISO/TS 16949 certification

Michelin, the world’s tyre technology leader, has been awarded the ISO 9001 and ISO/TS 16949:2009 Quality Management System Certification for its manufacturing facility located near Chennai, Tamil Nadu by UTAC (Technical Union for the Automobile, Motorcycle and Cycle Industries).

Mr. Atul Renavikar, Director, Michelin India Manufacturing plant said, "Our commitment to quality, innovation and technical performance is relentless and continuous. The ISO 9001 and ISO/TS 16949 certification applies to companies that contribute added value and quality to manufactured products. This certificate demonstrates strict adherence to highest quality standards that Michelin is synonymous with across the world."

The ISO TS 16949:2009 certification awarded to Michelin India encompasses development of a quality management system that exemplifies that the plant is demonstrating continual improvement, emphasising defect prevention and reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain. The ISO TS 16949:2009 certification also ensures the organization meets the needs of customers and other stakeholders, while meeting statutory and regulatory requirements related to the product, enabling the company to do business with automotive OEM customers.

UTAC is recognised as one of the world's most reputable certification organisations and contributes to the development of industrial standards (IEC, ISO). UTAC has been designated as an Organisme Technique Central (OTC - Central Technical Body) by the French government with responsibility for centralisation and monitoring of inspections.

MICHELIN unveils the second edition of Green Guides in India

Michelin, the world’s tyre technology leader, today announced the launch of its second Michelin Green Guide in India. The Delhi, Agra and Jaipur Green Guide edition is the second in the series, following Chennai (Tamil Nadu) edition in early 2013. The guide encourages travelers from across the world to explore the rich heritage and culture of diverse India.

“After launching the Green Guide to Chennai and Tamil Nadu, we wanted to add another edition which would reflect the rich culture and heritage of India. It is impossible to tell India’s tale without talking about the magnificent art and architecture of the Mughal era. Hence we came up with Delhi, Agra and Jaipur- the golden triangle with an added perspective on sustainable tourism. At Michelin, our core mission is to enhance mobility around the world not only through innovative Michelin tyres, but also through our flagship mobility assets such as the Green Guide” Said Cynthia Ochterbeck, Editorial Director of Michelin Travel Partner.

“India offers a dynamic mix of cultural and historical elements in its unique travel destinations. Across a broad spectrum of remarkable sights from the coasts to the Himalayas, India offers an abundance of trip-of-a-lifetime opportunities, for local and international travellers alike. We hope that with the second edition of the Green Guide coming to India, we can contribute our share to the rapidly evolving tourism market in the country” she added.

The brand new Michelin Green Guide Delhi, Agra & Jaipur encourages travelers to discover northern India’s Golden Triangle, with an added perspective on sustainable tourism. This Green Guide proposes itineraries for exploring the vestiges of the short-lived city Fatehpur Sikri, spotting tigers on a jeep safari in Ranthambore National Park, and experiencing the local colour at Pushkar’s annual camel fair and of course, marveling at the Taj Mahal.

Michelin’s celebrated star-rating system for attractions, detailed maps and recommendations for restaurants and accommodations will help travelers experience the best of the region. Recommendations for places to eat and stay, including those linked to sustainable tourism like trails at off-beat locations, visits to organic farms, bio-diversity protection, and descriptions of the enduring ways of life, culture and heritage that are community based, and environmentally friendly highlight the guide.

The Kindle version of the Michelin Green Guide “Delhi Agra Jaipur” is now available at www.amazon.in

About MICHELIN

MICHELIN, the leading tyre company, is dedicated to sustainably improving the mobility of goods and people by manufacturing and marketing tyres for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles/motorcycles, earthmovers, farm equipment and trucks. It also offers electronic mobility support services on ViaMichelin.com and publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is present in more than 170 countries, has 111,200 employees and operates 67 production plants in 17 different countries. The Group has a Technology Center in charge of research and development with operations in Europe, North America and Asia. (www.michelin.com)

Michelin India also hosts an active and passionate community on our Facebook page.

For further information, please contact:

Michelin India

Hiranmay Choudhury

Mobile: +91-964-380-4233

The MICHELIN Latitude Sport 3 Tyre makes India debut

Michelin, the world’s tyre technology leader, today launched the internationally acclaimed premium range SUV tyres in India, the MICHELIN Latitude Sport 3. Offering an uncompromising safe and silent ride, the tyre helps the company further strengthen its product portfolio in India that offers more driving pleasure and maximum performance for the discerning Indian owners of SUVs and CUVs.

The new Latitude Sport 3 (LS3) is the third generation of Latitude on-road SUV and CUV tyres in the Michelin line-up. The design of the new tyre conveys an image of power and control and is capable of supporting the vehicle weight and driver expectations with enhanced safety performance, while delivering outstanding grip on all types of on-road surfaces.

LS3 stops 2.70 meters shorter on wet roads with 4% improvement in dry braking and is more fuel efficient because of 25% reduction in rolling resistance than the previous generation tyre*. The tyre provides high level of comfort and maximum torque transfer when braking or accelerating, thus improving steering precision.

LS3 features a unique tread pattern with variable tread blocks ensuring a silent and comfortable ride. The tyre also uses an innovative tread compound with the latest generation of elastomers for greater longevity and a 2 ply casing to provide enhanced strength. LS3 leverages Michelin Total Performance, the company’s technology strategy to develop tyres capable of simultaneously delivering superior levels of performance in the key areas of safety, fuel efficiency, grip, longevity and performance.

Mohan Kumar, Commercial Director, Michelin India said “We are delighted to bring the iconic Latitude Sport 3 tyres to the Indian market at a time when demand for premium SUVs in India, is growing.  Latitude Sport 3 will cater to the tech savvy and upwardly mobile consumer, who wants a dynamic and luxury performance, with practicality of everyday use.

The Latitude Sport 3 has already been selected and certified by the world's leading car manufacturers to factory-equip their flagship models, such as the new Porsche Macan and BMW X5. Available nationally at Michelin premium dealerships the Michelin Priority Partners and the Tyre Plus network, the tyre will be offered in 4 sizes to equip the widest possible number of SUVs/CUVs already on the road like Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne among others, in the first year of its sale.

 

MICHELIN Latitude Sports 3 Specifications in India

 

** Available in Latitude Sport || *Comparison with the previous generation MICHELIN Latitude Sport conducted by TÜV SÜD in 2013 on 235/65 R17 tyres on wet roads.