The Embraer E170 was launched in 2004, and was originally fitted with bias tires. In 2010, Michelin was the first radial tire to be approved on the E170 with the Michelin Air X M19601 tire. Since, the Embraer and Michelin teams started to work hand-in-hand to better understand the sensitivity of the twinned tires on the landing gear to "shimmy" (a system resonance, especially during high speed descents and landings). The new tire has been modified to desensitize this effect, with Michelin engineers using a technology imported from bicycle tires. This change heralded the development of the Michelin Air X M19602, which has been tested for landings up to 190 knots (352 km/h), and the re-homologation of Michelin radial tires on the Embraer E170.

 

NZG technology is designed to ensure minimal tire growth: aircraft tires have very high inflation pressures (15 bar – compared to passenger car tires which are inflated to 2.5 bar) to carry the high aircraft weights.  At the high speeds required for take-off and landing, an aircraft tire can ‘grow’ due to the high centrifugal forces.  NZG technology minimizes tire diameter growth, and consequently tires are more durable and resistant to foreign object damage.

 

The combination of Michelin Air X tires and NZG technology reduces overall operational costs compared to a standard radial tire. This result is achieved through an increased number of landings (up to 30% more), improved fuel efficiency and exceptional damage resistance. NZG technology also increases tire robustness and reduces fuel consumption, leading to lower CO2 emissions.

 

The Michelin Air X M19602 is available for the Embraer E170 main gear.

Ahead of the launch of the MICHELIN Guide Guangzhou 2019, which will take place on 16 July, Michelin is pleased to announce the Bib Gourmand distinctions that will appear in this edition of the Guide.

As the culinary scene in the city continues to evolve,10 new Bib Gourmand establishments have been added this year, bringing the total to 28.

Highlighting this evolution, a wide variety of cusine types can be seen in the new additions, including Cantonese, Chao Zhou, Indonesian, Sichuan, Singaporean, Thai and Vegetarian

The new BMW X3 M and X4 M Competition models, which are fitted with the 21-inch light alloy wheels, will be equipped with MICHELIN PS4S* 255/40ZR21 102Y front and 265/40ZR21 105Y rear ultra-high-performance tires. These feature a number of Michelin technologies, including multi-compound tread patterns and an aramid-reinforced casing design, and the tires are star-marked (*) to signify that they are homologated BMW fitments.

 

Michelin has a long and successful relationship with BMW M and has designed tires for many of the manufacturer’s previous models1. These tires are the result of almost three-years of co-development between BMW M and Michelin. During this development phase around 800 prototype tyres and 1,400 pre-production tires were produced and tested at the Nurburgring in Germany, and Miramas and Ladoux test tracks in France to ensure the tires delivered the performance characteristics demanded by BMW M’s engineers.

 

The front tires feature Michelin’s tri-compound technology and the rears are bi-compound. Originally developed for endurance race tires, multi-compound technology uses different rubber compounds on different parts of the tread to fine tune the performance. As an example, the outer shoulder provides exceptional grip and wear resistance during cornering, intermediate ribs are optimised for steering and handling and the inner shoulder is designed to break through water and provide grip on wet roads.

 

When developing the tires, BMW M’s engineers asked Michelin to concentrate on dry performance, high grip levels, good track endurance and good balance on wet surfaces, and all while maintaining the BMW M signature sporting feel at the steering wheel. The fact that the front and rear tire sizes are similar meant Michelin had to engineer the different characteristics with only the tread pattern and the compounds to ensure the design brief was met.

 

The combination of these technologies means the MICHELIN PS4S* achieves a unique balance between grip, comfort, safety and driving enjoyment that meets BMW M’s exacting standards and makes it suitable for everyday road use.

 

Whilst developing the tires, Michelin’s engineers focused on simultaneously improving performance in all of the different areas required, while still maintaining the others. The driver of the BMW X3 M and X4 M equipped with MICHELIN PS4S* tires can enjoy the experience, knowing that the tires deliver maximum safety and long life even in extreme conditions of use.

A joint effort by Michelin and Safran Landing Systems, PresSense is a wireless solution for aircraft tires, designed to facilitate maintenance operations for airlines. An electronic sensor measures tire pressure and transmits this data wirelessly. There is no need for technicians to take readings from the tire, because of the system’s wireless connection to a data base. All pressure readings are saved and can be easily consulted via a Web interface, for maximum traceability. This process is much simpler than traditional checks, which require technicians using a pressure gauge on the tire valve.

 

After successful ground tests in January 2019, which validated wireless tire pressure readings for different aircraft configurations, PresSense has just undergone successful initial flight tests on a Falcon 2000S. Carried out under real conditions, these tests prove the validity of the technology developed jointly by Michelin and Safran Landing Systems. The next step will be flight tests on different aircraft at the end of 2019 and in early 2020.

 

Jean-Paul Alary, Chief Executive Officer of Safran Landing Systems, said: “This partnership brings together two world leaders from different markets, namely tires and aircraft systems. Our two companies share the same values and the same passion for innovation. With this program we wanted to pool our talents and skills to accelerate the development and time to market of an innovative digital solution that delivers exceptional value to our customers.”

 

Frank Moreau, Senior Vice President, Aircraft Business Line at Michelin, added, “Tires are a major factor in aircraft safety during takeoffs and landing. With PresSense, we can guarantee the right pressure with shorter measurements times, under any circumstances and at any airport or in different theaters of operation, for civil or military applications. The continuous improvement of safety is a critical part of Michelin’s approach to sustainable mobility. The first flight of a connected tire is a milestone in our history, and we are proud to have shared this moment with our partner, Safran.”

 

These flight tests mark the latest phase in the development of PresSense by Michelin and Safran Landing Systems and pave the way for an entry into service towards 2020.

Michelin has announced the highly anticipated selection of star awards in the 2019 MICHELIN Guide California, the first ever statewide MICHELIN Guide, in a live beach-front celebration. Expanding the selection announced in the 2019 MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, California is now home to 657 restaurants distinguished in the Guide.

 

Since its creation in the early 20th century the MICHELIN Guide has continued to evolve and expand internationally, and it continues to serve as a trusted source and companion to travelers and foodies alike. While the Guide has evolved with culinary trends and dining preferences over time, the five criteria used by Michelin’s inspectors have remained the same to ensure that readers have a consistent experience, irrespective of the style of cuisine and wherever they travel throughout the world.

 

In summary, the 2019 MICHELIN Guide California selection includes:

  • Seven restaurants with three stars
  • 14 restaurants with two stars
  • 69 restaurants with one star

 

The 2019 MICHELIN Guide California selection is available now in English, Spanish and Chinese at https://guide.michelin.com

Michelin today announced the inaugural selection of Bib Gourmand establishments in the 2019 MICHELIN Guide California. From tacos to sushi, and from bistros to oyster bars, the highly anticipated list features 151 restaurants that represent 36 different cuisine types.

 

Originally introduced in 1997, the Bib Gourmand category highlights restaurants that serve high-quality meals which include two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less. In addition to the exceptional restaurants distinguished by star awards, Michelin inspectors take great pride in finding hidden gems to complete the selection that are more widely accessible for diners, whatever their budget or craving.

 

As the trusted source for gastronomy lovers worldwide for more than 120 years, Michelin publishes 32 Guides annually in more than two-dozen countries, including four Guides in the United States. The 2019 MICHELIN Guide California is the most recent global expansion, and this represents the first state-wide or regional Guide in the United States.

Michelin and GM also announced a joint research agreement under which the companies intend to validate the Uptis Prototype with the goal of introducing Uptis on passenger models as early as 2024.

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Michelin and GM are testing the Uptis Prototype, beginning with vehicles like the Chevrolet Bolt EV. Later this year, the companies will initiate real-world testing of Uptis on a test fleet of Bolt EV vehicles in Michigan.

 

Because Uptis is airless, the breakthrough wheel assembly eliminates the dangerous risk of flat tires and blowouts:

 

  • Drivers of passenger vehicles feel safer on the road.
  • Operators of passenger vehicle fleets minimize downtime and improve efficiency resulting from flat tires and near-zero levels of maintenance.
  • Society at large benefits from extraordinary environmental savings through reduced use of raw materials for replacement tire or spare tire production.

 

The Uptis Prototype represents a major advancement toward achieving Michelin’s VISION concept, which was presented at the Movin’On Summit in 2017 as an illustration of Michelin’s strategy for research and  development in sustainable mobility. The VISION concept introduced four main pillars of innovation: airless, connected, 3D-printed and 100% sustainable (entirely renewable or bio-sourced materials).

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Uptis demonstrates that Michelin’s vision for a future of sustainable mobility is clearly an achievable dream. Through work with strategic partners like GM, who share our ambitions for transforming mobility, we can seize the future today.
Florent Menegaux, chief executive officer for Michelin Group
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General Motors is excited about the possibilities that Uptis presents, and we are thrilled to collaborate with Michelin on this breakthrough technology. Uptis is an ideal fit for propelling the automotive industry into the future and a great example of how our customers benefit when we collaborate and innovate with our supplier partners.
Steve Kiefer, senior vice president, global purchasing and supply chain, General Motors
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The Uptis Prototype is re-engineered for today’s passenger vehicles, and it is also well suited to emerging forms of mobility. The vehicles and fleets of tomorrow — whether autonomous, all-electric, shared service or other applications — will demand near-zero maintenance from the tire to maximize their operating capabilities.

The Uptis Prototype demonstrates Michelin’s capacity for innovation — in both the mastery of these high-tech materials, and also the development approach in close collaboration with GM, which validates our Vision concept as a roadmap for innovation. Uptis represents progress toward Michelin’s vision for tomorrow’s mobility, and also embodies our commitment to a better, sustainable mobility for all.
Eric Vinesse, executive vice president, research and development, Group Michelin (who revealed Uptis at the Movin’On Summit)

Uptis features ground-breaking improvements in architecture and composite materials, which enable Uptis to bear the car’s weight at road-going speeds.

These innovations combine to eliminate compressed air to support the vehicle’s load, and result in extroardinary environmental savings: approximately 200 million tires worldwide are scrapped prematurely every year as a result of punctures, damage from road hazards or improper air pressure that causes uneven wear.

These advancements through the Uptis Prototype demonstrate Michelin’s and GM’s shared commitment to delivering safer, more sustainable mobility solutions.

 

 

For more information, images and video please visit: www.michelinmedia.com/michelin-uptis.

The X Multi HD D tire is designed for tractor units and rigids on 22.5'' drive axles, in regional use, with access to rural areas, such as dairy tankers. The X Multi T2 tire is intended for low platform height trailers in 17.5 '', such as tank carriers or exceptional convoys.

 

The common characteristic of these two Michelin X Multi tires is their robustness: the X Multi HD D is particularly damage resistant and the X Multi T2 is additionally capable of carrying very heavy loads. These advantages allow the users to have safer, long lasting products that will help reduce their operating costs. These benefits are the result of two key innovations: a new tread design and a reinforced casing.

 

  • A new tread design: X Multi T2 tires incorporate REGENION technology; a self-regenerating tread pattern which includes hidden grooves that appear as the tread wears down. These extra grooves help to maintain high levels of grip, traction and safety throughout the tire’s life. The X Multi HD D tread pattern with more robust tread blocks has a more ‘compact’ appearance and contains stone ejectors. The tread pattern is 7 per cent wider and contains 18 per cent more rubber compared to its predecessor, the Michelin XDE2+.  The extra durability and damage resistance is reflected in the product name: HD standing for Heavy Duty.
  • A reinforced casing: the casing of both the X Multi HD D and the T2 features POWERCOIL technology. Manufactured from a new generation of more robust steel cables, the tire is more durable and robust. The casing of the X Multi T2 also benefits from INFINICOIL and HT Nylon technologies. INFINICOIL is a continuous steel wire – which can be as long as 400 meters – wrapped continuously around the tire, giving the tire increased stability, durability and a higher load index. HT Nylon technology refers to the nylon wrapped around the tire bead (instead of rubber), which increases the stability of the bead, and the durability and load index of the tire[1].

 

The two new tires are both regrooveable and retreadable[2]. The X Multi HD D (drive axle) is available in sizes 315/70 R 22.5 and 315/80 R 22.5. The X Multi T2 (low loader trailers) is available in sizes 205/65 R 17.5, 215/75 R 17.5, 235/75 R 17.5 and 245/70 R 17.5.

 

 

 

[1] In 205/65, +600kg per twin axle compared to its predecessor, the Maxitrailer. In 215/75, +240kg compared to the XTE2+. In 235/75, +400kg compared to the XTE2+.

[2] The X Multi HD D is even 10% more retreadable: for the Michelin 315/80 R 22.5 X MULTI HD D tire vs the Michelin 315/80 R 22.5 XDE2 + tire, and for the Michelin 315/70 R 22.5 X MULTI HD D vs Michelin 315/70 R 22.5 X Multiway 3D XDE tire.

To cover the requirements of amateur competitors, as well as those who use their bike for practice or leisure purposes, it is designed to cover a particularly broad spectrum of terrains. Thanks to its new tread pattern design, its resilience and the outstanding grip it delivers, the MICHELIN Tracker is perfectly suited to riding on sand, mud and dirt.

 

It is approved for road use, too, making it the ideal fitment for road legal, enduro and trail bikes like the Yamaha WR-F 450 and the Suzuki DR-Z 400.

The MICHELIN Tracker’s strength, performance, versatility and affordable price tag are sure to appeal to a high number of off-road enthusiasts, and the technologies it packs stand to win over the most exacting bikers.

Careful attention has notably been paid to its tread pattern and crown which has been reinforced to shrug off the knocks associated with off-road riding.

The design of the MICHELIN Tracker’s innovative tread pattern ensures outstanding traction and braking performance in even the toughest conditions. The tie bars that connect the blocks provide added protection and upgraded resistance to impact, while the new tyre’s two-ply construction combines reduced weight with superior ride comfort and directional precision.

Last but not least, for extra peace of mind for riders who like to stray off the beaten track, MICHELIN Bib Mousse inserts are available in a choice of four sizes (M15, M18, M22 and M199) for the new MICHELIN Tracker.

NZG technology is designed to ensure minimal tire growth: aircraft tires have very high inflation pressures (20 bar) compared to other tires, such as passenger car tires (2.5 bar), to carry the high aircraft weights.  At the high take-off and landing speeds an aircraft tire can ‘grow’ due to the high centrifugal forces.  NZG minimizes tire diameter growth, and consequently tires become more durable and resistance to foreign object damage.

 

The combination of Michelin Air X tires and NZG technology reduces overall operational costs compared to a standard radial tire. This result is achieved through an increased number of landings (up to 30% more), improved fuel efficiency and exceptional damage resistance. NZG technology also increases tire robustness and reduces fuel consumption, leading to lower CO2 emissions.

 

This is the first time that the Japanese airline is flying the Airbus A380, the world's largest double-decker commercial airplane in the world with 520 passenger seats.  The new fleet has been called “Flying Honu”, meaning “Flying Sea Turtle” – turtles are loved in Hawaii as sacred creatures – and all 3 aircraft feature paintings of the sea, sky and sunset of Hawaii.

 

ANA has purchased three A380 aircraft, and the first of these aircraft will be introduced on Narita-Honolulu route from May 24, 2019.

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