Michelin expands its ever-growing line of Ultraflex Technologies

MICHELIN® CerexBib™, North America’s first high-flexion, harvest-specific radial, launched this spring, is only the first of several ag tire innovation solutions coming from Michelin

Fresh off the successful spring introduction of MICHELINÒ CerexBib™, North America’s first Improved-Flexion (IF) and Very-High Flexion (VF) radial for harvest, Michelin North America is set to expand its ever-growing line of revolutionary Michelin Ultraflex Technologies at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa.

Starting in 2005, Michelin was the first to market with IF-class and VF-class radials with the MICHELIN® Axiobib® radial for high-horsepower tractors, followed by MICHELIN® SprayBib™ radial for self-propelled sprayers, and most recently this spring, MICHELIN® CerexBib™ for combines.  Now, visitors to the 2012 Farm Progress Show in August will have the chance to see the fourth VF-class tire, the MICHELINÒ YieldBib™ radial.

But that isn’t all Michelin has planned for Farm Progress this year. Expanding its show exhibit space this year, this leader in ag tire innovative solutions will demonstrate soil compaction in ways that show how attachments can put different weight on the rear axle of a tractor, significantly altering a tire’s ability to bear the weight and, as a result, soil compaction.

“This is an exciting demonstration,” said Bob Rees, product marketing manager for Michelin North America Agricultural Tires. “The weight is much different on the rear axle when a planter is folded than when it is extended. We’re equipping a Case IH 315 Magnum tractor with our VF tires on one side and standard radials on the other side, and showing how they handle the load of planter when it is folded.”

This demonstration with the MICHELINÒ YieldBib™ radial, including another demonstration that will be available for farm show attendees for the first and only time in the United States, will be at the Michelin exhibit area at the 2012 Farm Progress show, Aug. 28-30 in Boone, Iowa.

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks, motorcycles and the space shuttle. The company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinag.com) employs 21,400 and operates 18 major manufacturing plants in 16 locations.

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