Michelin has signed a commercial agreement with Ashok Leyland to supply Michelin X Guard range of radial truck tyres for its Captain 3718 PLUS long and medium distance commercial vehicles. The performance of this tyre range is expected to enable Ashok Leyland to pass benefits of fuel efficiency and optimised payload to their customers.
To cater for this increased demand from both the replacement market and original equipment manufacturers in the country, Michelin today inaugurated a new state of the art production line for the Michelin X Guard range of tyres in its Chennai, India plant. The new production line will help double the current capacity of the plant by 2018. The Michelin X Guard range of radial truck and bus tyres, offering up to 10 per cent fuel savings, is exclusively designed, engineered and made for India.
“India is a priority market for us and growing demand for our products in the country reaffirms our commitment to keep innovating for our customers here. In a very short time, our Chennai plant has evolved to become one of our most advanced manufacturing facilities globally. The purpose of this plant was to cater to the needs to the Indian market and I am happy to see that we are on target in this journey,” said Jean-Dominique Senard, Chief Executive Officer of Michelin Group during the inauguration of the new production line.
The Michelin X Guard range takes advantage of the latest developments in 3D printing, which is used to produce the tyre moulds. As a result, Regenion technology is integrated which regenerates new grooves as the tyre wears, ensuring it retains excellent grip right until the very last mile, the company said.
“We are pleased to partner Michelin for our latest range of 37T trucks. The Michelin X Guard radial tyres provide us tremendous fuel efficiency, helping us offer a differentiated product in this segment. It is heartening to see the new tyre developed using Michelin’s world class innovations right here in India,” said Vinod K Dasari, CEO and Managing Director, Ashok Leyland