Michelin Introduces Four New Farm Tires

New Ultraflex guarantee, mobile tire pressure app offered with line-up that includes world's largest agriculture tire

GREENVILLE, S.C. – MICHELIN® Agricultural tires is launching four new tires for tractors, sprayers, harvesting equipment and large implements in North America, as well as an industry-first satisfaction guarantee on the well-known Ultraflex line and a new mobile app that calculates the proper air pressure for tractor tires.  Also on display during the Farm Progress show in Decatur, Ill. will be an example of both of Michelin's current VF tractor tires.

All six tire models, each with a unique tread design, feature Michelin Ultraflex Technology, which enables tires to operate at up to 40 percent lower air pressure compared to standard radial tires, resulting in a larger footprint for reduced soil compaction and higher yields. A recent Harper Adams University study demonstrated a 4 percent yield increase with Ultraflex tires compared to standard radial tires.

The expanded line-up of MICHELIN® farm tires include:

    --  The MICHELIN® VF480/80R50 179D SprayBib™ is an expansion of

        Michelin's popular VF (Very High Flexion) high-clearance sprayer tire

        offering. "The tire is designed to offer farmers a unique balance

        between a narrow tire to avoid crop damage and a flotation tire to

        minimize compaction," said James Crouch, farm segment marketing manager

        for Michelin North America. "With a maximum load of over 17,000 pounds

        and a top rated speed of 40 mph, this wider and higher-load capacity

        addition to the SprayBib family is equipped to handle the largest

        high-clearance sprayers on the market." The new VF480/80R50 179D

        SprayBib will be available in September 2015.

    --  The MICHELIN® 710/45R22.5 165D CargoXBib™ High Flotation is one of

        the latest additions to Michelin's renovated large implement line. A new

        tread design, which will replace the current CargoXBib tread design that

        has been available in North America for the past seven years, provides

        improved cleanout. This new tire line, designed with Michelin Ultraflex

        Technologies, allows the tire to fully utilize central inflation systems

        and get to the lowest pressures possible while in the field for the most

        soil protection possible. The 710/45R22.5 165D CargoXBib High Flotation

        will be available in December 2015.

    --  The MICHELIN® IF900/65R46 190D AxioBib™ offers the highest levels

        of load capacity and the lowest levels of compaction a farmer could ask

        for on large mechanical front-wheel drive (MFWD) and four-wheel drive

        machines in singles. At 7 feet 6 inches tall with a capacity of almost

        24,000 pounds, it is the largest farm tire in in the world. Introduced

        in Europe in 2014, this new size addition to the AxioBib family will

        launch in March 2016 for North American farmers.

    --  The MICHELIN® IF1000/55R32 CFO 188A8 CerexBib™ is the newest

        Michelin tire designed for large harvesting machines and grain carts.

        Launching in June 2016, it will offer a massive load capacity and a

        giant footprint. Built with Michelin Ultraflex Technology, it also

        minimizes the soil compaction caused by new large harvesting equipment.

The current MICHELIN® VF tractor tires on display include:

    --  The MICHELIN® VF710/60R42 161D XeoBib™ tire is designed for high

        horsepower tractors in singles. The Xeobib, previously introduced in

        Europe and now available to the North American farmer, is designed for

        high horsepower tractors in singles. The XeoBib line is designed to

        operate at up to 40 mph and carry heavy loads while offering Michelin

        Ultraflex Technology's highest level of soil protection.

    --  The MICHELIN® VF480/80R50 166A8/166B YieldBib™ is the largest tire

        in the YieldBib line that also minimizes compaction for MFWD tractors.

        "The YieldBib tire also includes Michelin's Stubble Shield technology to

        provide added durability against stubble damage by utilizing an

        exclusive rubber compound and reinforcement in the center line of the

        tire," Crouch said.

Ultraflex Promise Plan

Standing behind the Ultraflex tire lineup, Michelin is also announcing an industry-first full-year farmer satisfaction guarantee for the purchase of any Ultraflex tire.  Farmers can try Michelin Ultraflex replacement tires risk-free for a whole year and return the tires for a refund if they are not satisfied.

Michelin launches a free mobile application to calculate agricultural tire pressure

Michelin is offering farmers access to an easy-to-use mobile application that features a number of unique functionalities. With the Michelin pressure calculator, real-time agricultural tire pressure information is just a photo and a couple of clicks away.

Using the Michelin Pressure Calculator involves three simple steps:

    --  Type the load supported by front and rear axle.

    --  Enter the type of tire fitted to the front and rear of the tractor using

        the drop-down menus.

    --  Take a photo of the tractor with your smartphone. The application's

        built-in camera function precisely calculates load distribution and the

        length of the overhang measured from the wheel axles. This feature is

        the only one of its kind on the market.

The Michelin Pressure Calculator can instantly work out the most appropriate tire pressure for the desired load and speed. This gives farmers the best pressure information possible to help them maintain road safety as well as protect the soil. The app is free on both Android and iOS devices and available in four languages: French, English, German and Spanish.

About Michelin

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.michelinman.com) employs more than 22,750 and operates 20 major manufacturing plants. For more information on Michelin Ultraflex tires, visit www.MichelinAg.com or contact your local Michelin Agriculture tire dealer.




Mary Ann Kotlarich

Michelin North America



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