The MICHELIN tire product range
To carry out their functions, tires, which are a complex product, need to deliver numerous, often conflicting, performances, including safety (reduced braking distances on both dry and wet road surfaces, road holding on corners), fuel saving, longevity and driving pleasure.
A technological product or a skillful blend
Although it looks quite simple, a tire is a complex combination of many materials able to perform a variety of functions. Day after day, it has to meet a number of difficult demands, such as bearing up to 300 times its weight and function in temperatures ranging from – 50 to 80°C.
Over 200 raw materials are needed to manufacture a tire:
- Elastomers (natural and synthetic rubber)
- Reinforcing fillers (carbon black and silica)
- Plasticizers (resins, oils)
- Chemicals (sulfur)
- Metal reinforcements (wires, bead wires)
- Textile reinforcements (rayon, aramid, nylon, polyester)
Its sophisticated architecture is the result of a highly-specialized manufacturing process.
Tires for everything on wheels
Via its Product Lines, Michelin supplies tires for all types of vehicles – cars, vans, trucks, buses, farm machinery, earthmovers, mining and handling equipment, tramways, metros, aircraft, motorcycles, scooters and bicycles. This ability to deliver effective solutions in response to widely varying expectations and usage patterns, depending on the country or region, has positioned the Group at the forefront of every one of these segments.
MICHELIN Total Performance
Through the MICHELIN Total Performance strategy, the Group constantly innovates and deploys advanced technologies in order to deliver more performance in each of its solutions.
MICHELIN Total Performance applies to all categories of tires – small sedans, high-end and sports vehicles, off-road vehicles and light trucks, in both summer and winter.
Did you know?
A giant tire that protects the soil
Measuring 2.32 meters high and 900 mm wide with a load capacity of 10 tonnes, the MICHELIN AxioBib IF 900/65R46, introduced in 2013, is the world’s largest tractor tire. With its MICHELIN Ultraflex technology and ability to efficiently transmit engine power, the tire helps to increase per-hectare output while protecting the soil. Less pressure and a better harvest!