Michelin Earthmover offers earthmover tires for all types of machines: surface mining, underground mining, quarries and construction, industrial handling and port.

Leader in Innovation

The innovation gene 

Michelin has been the leader in our field for over 100 years thanks to our exceptional commitment to research and development. Innovation, one of our founding values, is at the heart of our activities and processes.

The innovation gene

In a market as technologically advanced as the Earthmover tire market, we have chosen to innovate rapidly and continually, focusing on three lines of research: constant acceleration of the development of new ranges, continuous improvement of performance, and breakthrough innovations designed in partnership with machine manufacturers.

Behind us, we have the power of the whole Michelin Group R&D department, the biggest in the market: 6000 employees and over 600 million dollars a year dedicated to innovation.

A history marked out by innovations

Michelin Man and MICHELIN Tire
  • 1946: Michelin revolutionizes the tire industry by patenting the radial tire.
  • 1959: First radial tire for Earthmover.
  • 1977: Opening of the first test center for Earthmover tires at Almeria, Spain , still the only one of its kind.
  • 1980: Radialization of  the whole Earthmover range.
  • 1998: Launch of a low profile range for rigid dumpers.
  • 2001: Launch of the MICHELIN® XDR™ tire range with a life expectancy up to 20% greater than the previous generation.
  • 2002: Development of a 63” wide series tire to fit giant RDT weighing more than 600 tons.
  • 2007: MEMS, the first electronic surveillance system for Earthmover tires on the market.
  • 2009: C2 technology: redefinition of casing design reducing heat build-up in the tire and/or increasing the height of rubber, and thus longevity.
  • 2011: Launch of the MICHELIN® XDR™2, the new generation of the MICHELIN® XDR™ range with even better performance.
  • 2012: B2 technology: ‘Flat bead wire’, a patented system giving better torque transmission without rotation on the rim for loader tires, and greater longevity for tires for underground mine machines.

A testing centre unique in the world

In 1977, Michelin constructed a test center at Almeria, Spain, which is the only one of its kind in the world for Earthmover tires, and is used also for Agricultural, Truck and Car tires. It is 11,120 acres in size, with 48 tracks covering over 62 miles, with different surfaces and compositions (earth, stones, asphalt, gravel, sand). Michelin tests their tires non-stop (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) in real conditions of use. Rigid and articulated dumpers, loaders, graders and even a giant 600 ton truck push the tires over the most extreme suface conditions to test various characteristics (including handling, traction, grip, resistance to accidental damage, and fuel consumption) and to verify their performance.

The test center also comprises 15 acres of buildings (measurement, control, tire stripping and fitting workshops), and employs 220 people:

  • A technical group (designing and analysing experiments & measurement methods);
  • A drawing office (design & development of  testing equipment & means of measurement);
  • A measurement and analysis group.

Co-operation with machine manufacturers

Today, the most widely used machines in the Earthmover world are fitted with MICHELIN radial tires.
Michelin is working in close collaboration with machine manufacturers to design the right tire to suit each machine and to optimize their performance.

Michelin is already working with our partners on tomorrow’s great innovations, to design the new tires which will revolutionize the market.

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