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A product with high performances
The environmental performance of tires can vary widely, especially in terms of fuel efficiency. Michelin has brought to market four generations of low rolling resistance tires since 1992, each of which has outperformed its predecessor.
It has also steadily made its tires more robust and longer lasting. The Group conducts major consumer-awareness campaigns and has developed special programs that enable business users to calculate tire performance so that they can make informed buying decisions.
The right use
Under-inflated tires not only cause a vehicle to burn more fuel and therefore emit more CO2, they also brake less effectively and wear out faster. Michelin deploys a wide array of initiatives to raise driver awareness of the importance of correct tire pressure, particularly during the summer vacation period.
It has also installed Michelin Man air pumps in highway service areas, enabling motorists to freely check their pressure and top up their tires. At the same time, the Group is encouraging the development of onboard tire pressure monitoring systems, which will be mandatory on new vehicles in Europe beginning in 2012, and has helped to develop special systems for cars, trucks and earthmovers.
Tires account for a signification portion of road traffic noise, ranging from at least 30% for a car traveling at 30 km/h in second gear to at least 50% when traveling at 50 km/h in third gear and around 90% in highway driving at 130 km/h.
The amount of noise generated by a tire’s contact with the road depends on a number of factors, including not only the tire itself and the road pavement, but also the vehicle, its speed and the layout of road infrastructure. To reduce noise levels, Michelin has focused on the parameters within its control, namely tire materials architecture and tread design.
The functional economy
Michelin Fleet Solutions principle is to outsource tire management systems and per-kilometer invoicing appeal for large fleet operators looking for straightforward solutions that increase uptime and lower costs. With operations in 21 countries, Michelin Fleet Solutions has gained a significant share of the European market, helping to make customers more productive through preventive maintenance programs and pre-defined per-kilometer costs.
The Michelin Fleet Solutions offer is designed for large fleets of at least 200 trucks or buses, which are willing to transfer to Michelin the management of their tires. This service is based on an original business model: in most cases, instead of buying tires, our customers purchase travel mileage.
In concrete terms, once the contract has been signed, Michelin looks after everything: from tire selection and supply, stock management, organization of maintenance, replacement and management of end-of-life tires, to administration, reporting, and coordinating between the customer’s different bases.
In the field, these tasks are entrusted to specialized Michelin technicians or carefully selected and trained Specialist Dealer partners. Michelin remains in charge of quality control of the services, as it is essential that tire pressure remain at an optimum level, that tires be re-grooved then retreaded when appropriate and that the casings be recovered in compliance with the most stringent local regulations.
Invoicing is straightforward: based on a rate agreed for each type of vehicle, Michelin invoices the number of miles traveled. The parties enter into a contract for a period of 3 to 6 years. As such, each party is committed on a long-term basis.