The MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF, Michelin’s highly advanced airless radial tire, has been awarded Honorable Mention in the Create the Future Design Contest. Chosen from more than 1, 150 new product submissions from 60 countries, the tire was one of 22 winners and honorable mentions selected for their innovation, manufacturability and marketability.
“Michelin is extremely honored by this recognition from such an esteemed group of judges from the engineering community,” said Olivier Brauen, head of Michelin Tweel Technologies.
Launched in October 2014, the MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF is Michelin’s highly advanced airless radial tire that is currently being sold in the marketplace for use on John Deere zero turn radius commercial mowers used in the turf and landscaping industries. This non-pneumatic tire uses traditional radial tire technology but requires no air, thereby eliminating the risk of a “flat tire”. The MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF is the first airless radial tire that is globally available for mowing equipment. Operators experience greater performance versus a pneumatic tire, including increased uptime, enhanced hillside stability, reduced operator fatigue and improved productivity, resulting in a lower total cost of ownership.
The MICHELIN X TWEEL has received many honors in recent years, including the 2015 John Deere “Innovation of the Year Award,” 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Award by Frost and Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council, and 2014 top 25 Newsmakers of the Year by Engineering News-Record, among others.