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CV Show 2014: Tyre technology marches forward

  • 30 April 2014
  • By David Wilcox

Tyre technology marches on, with several manufacturers revealing new models and sizes at the CV Show this week.

Michelin first unveiled its regional trailer tyre, the X Multi T, two years ago, but that was as a low-profile (55 series) tyre. This year it was at the CV Show in the UK’s preferred trailer tyre size of 385/65 R22.5, featuring Carbion, Michelin’s secret tread compound ingredient.

Attributes claimed include greater resistance to abrasion and lower operating temperature. Consequently, Michelin claims the tyre will deliver 10% longer life than the 385/65 R 22.5 XTE trailer tyre it replaces.

It has a ‘B’ rating for rolling resistance and wet-grip.

As of October, Michelin will add a radio frequency identification tag to the tyre so that it will carry its own details, capable of being updated with its maintenance history by a tyre service company.

Continental has a complete new range of truck tyres, all carrying a ‘3’ suffix to indicate that these are third generation, either EcoPlus for long-distance work, or Hybrid for regional applications.

Production starts soon with EcoPlus models in 315/70 and 315/80 R22.5 sizes.

The EcoPlus HD3 for drive-axles has unusually close-set blocks with very narrow grooving, increasing the amount of rubber in the centre of the footprint, but with highly chamfered shoulders for reduced heat.

Better fuel efficiency compared with their ‘L’ range predecessors is claimed for EcoPlus tyres.


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