LADOUX, France - Michelin says a series of truck tire design innovations will allow it to accelerate development of advanced lower-profile tires.
The company said the tires offer greater tread stability and wet weather traction while permitting truckers to increase payloads.
Michelin will invest $480 million over five years to deploy its Michelin Durable Technologies in its truck tire manufacturing network, the company told reporters at its technical center in Ladoux, France.
At the same time, spokesmen said, Michelin will start exploring how the new technologies can be applied to many different tires in the future.
The key developments of Durable Technologies include a jointless steel band, dubbed "Infinicoil," that wraps circumferentially around the tire.
The Infinicoil cord - 1,320 feet long if unwound - is wrapped around the tire on top of the standard steel belts. Michelin claims the new architecture optimizes rolling circumference rigidity to an extent that it believes it can make a new generation of tires that will be wider and in smaller diameters than thought possible.