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Michelin Groupe has developed its new Michelin Pilot Super Sport ultra-high performance tire for the super sport car segment using Twaron as a high-tech reinforcement material.

Twaron is produced by Teijin Aramid, which is part of the Japanese Teijin Group. The company manufactures high-performance fibers at production facilities in Emmen and Delfzijl, the Netherlands.

Twaron is an aramid fiber that helps ensure that the tire remains in its most ideal shape, even at extreme high speeds. It also helps maintain high speed stability and resists high temperatures. This makes the Michelin Pilot Super Sport suitable for the highest speeds reached at the racing circuit, the company says.

Twaron is five times stronger than steel at equivalent weight, resistant to heat and wear and provides innovative and sustainable usages for different industrial sectors like automotive, composites, oil and gas, telecom and ballistics.

Jean-Francois Beaupère, Michelin’s product category manager, says, “Normally, at high speed the belt of the tire tightens the tread more than the shoulders. By strengthening the tire with Twaron, pressure is more evenly distributed. With its varying tenseness, Twaron keeps the tire in perfect shape."

More information on Twaron and Teijin Aramid, see the Web sites www.teijinaramid.com or www.teijin.co.jp/english.

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