Michelin Airless, Puncture Proof Radial Tyres To Be Mass Produced

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French tyre manufacturer Michelin has been around since 1889. The company was founded by two brothers Edouard and Andre Michelin. Their headquarters are in Clermont-Ferrand, France and manufacture tyres for various purposes.

Over the years Michelin has manufactured innovative tyres. They have developed special tyres for space shuttles, aircrafts, heavy equipments, motorcycles and automobiles. The French tyre manufacturer has received several patents over the years.

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Michelin has now introduced their new tyre that they call the ‘Tweel'. The new tyre technology combines airless and puncture proof radial tyres. French engineers have managed to combine assembly of the tyre and wheel together.

The French tyre maker has now confirmed that it will be mass producing its Tweel. It maintains a rigid hub at its centre, along with the shear beam. Michelin has eliminated a major component of how tyres work, which is air. The new tyre system will use polyurethane, which is flexible and can easily deform.

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The Tweel will be manufactured at Michelin's state of the art facility in South Carolina, United States of America. Michelin research engineers have spent over a decade in developing a system that can avoid punctures.

Safety is a major concern and there are several accidents that occur due to tyre puncture. The Tweel works without air and is still a radial tyre. Manufacturers of vehicles are finding out new and innovative solutions that can increase the selling point of their vehicles.

Story first published: Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 16:48 [IST]
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