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Michelin’s Airless Turf Tire Receives Design Award

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Michelin’s Airless Turf Tire Receives Design Award

Michelin North America Inc.’s airless X Tweel Turf tire received an honorable mention in the automotive/transportation category in the Create the Future Design contest.

Chosen from more than 1,150 new product ideas submitted from 60 countries, the 22 winners and honorable mentions were judged on innovation, manufacturability and marketability in seven categories, according to Michelin. 

More than 55 judges worldwide on the magazine’s editorial board of readers and contest sponsors reviewed the submissions in seven categories: aerospace and defense, automotive/transportation, consumer products, electronics, machinery/automation/robotics, medical products, and sustainable technologies.

"Michelin is extremely honored by this recognition from such an esteemed group of judges from the engineering community," says Olivier Brauen, head of Michelin Tweel Technologies.

Launched in October 2014, the X Tweel Turf is Michelin’s highly advanced airless radial tire that is being sold in the marketplace for use on John Deere zero turn radius commercial mowers used in the turf and landscaping industries.

This non-pneumatic tire uses traditional radial tire technology but requires no air. The X Tweel Turf F is the first airless radial tire that is globally available for mowing equipment. The company says operators experience greater performance versus a pneumatic tire, including increased uptime, enhanced hillside stability, reduced operator fatigue and improved productivity, resulting in a lower total cost of ownership.

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