New Michelin truck retread promises more miles
Michelin’s new X ONE XZU S+ Pre-Mold retread promises 50 percent greater wear life, increased durability and better performance in harsh conditions.
Michelin Americas Truck Tires introduced the X ONE XZU S+ Pre-Mold retread in April, calling it “an industry-leading, all-position, next-generation, wide-base single” for waste and refuse trucks that operate in demanding urban environments.
A much longer wear life
The S+ Pre-Mold delivers 50 percent greater wear life than its predecessor – the S Pre-Mold retread – and is designed with a special winged tread for maximum shoulder protection in high-scrub applications.
“With the demanding conditions in urban areas, waste and refuse customers are looking for retreads that can handle these punishing conditions and reduce their cost-per-hour,” said Michelin Americas Truck Tires vice president of marketing, Adam Murphy.
“The new Michelin X ONE XZU S+ Pre-Mold retread exceeds those demands with incredible wear life, even when trucks are continuously starting, stopping and turning as they pick up waste in city areas,” Murphy said.
The X ONE XZU S+ Pre-Mold retread features a 29/32-inch tread depth and an optimized, straight rib design for improved wear, as well as co-extrusion technology and a two-layer compound that minimizes the casing temperature for better durability.
How does Michelin’s pre-mold process work?
Michelin operates 77 retread plants across North America, with each following a nine-step manufacturing process to deliver uniform results. It has two patented retreading processes: Pre-Mold and Custom Mold. Also known as a “pre-cure” process, in the pre-mold process, tread rubber is molded and pre-cured by the tread rubber manufacturer, Michelin Retread Technologies (MRT).
The appropriate tread is selected – design, width, thickness – and applied to a prepared casing. The casing is prepared by placing a cushion gum bonding layer between the tread and casing. The tire then moves to the chamber for curing.
Find out more about Michelin’s new truck retread on the website.