Michelin North America announced that it was honored with a Product Line Strategy award from Frost & Sullivan for its X One line of tires by developing a wide array of application-specific robust products that help fleets reduce operating costs through fuel and weight savings.
“Michelin, through its longstanding commitment to wide-base tires, has been instrumental in developing a comprehensive product lineup that addresses the demands of diverse truck operations and has consequently driven the adoption of wide-base tires,” says Kumar Saha, industry analyst with Frost and Sullivan’s automotive and transportation team. “The company has emerged as the leader in this category by working with customers to consistently improve its products and by optimizing its portfolio to cover not only the different requirements of drive and trailer axles but also the unique needs of longhaul, regional, vocational and ultraweight-sensitive applications.”
Michelin says that based on Frost & Sullivan’s independent analysis of the North American wide-base truck tires market, it found that the Michelin X One line of wide-base tires combines advanced rubber technology with practical and cost-efficient consideration, transitioning wide-base single technology from a niche option to the mainstream in the commercial trucking industry. Michelin says the report notes that the company’s continued commitment to wide-base tires has led it to strategically improve the distribution support of these products across North America, enabling fleet customers to experience the benefits of wide-base tires over traditional dual tires.
“When Michelin launched the X One wide base tire in 2000, our goal was to provide a product that would bring value to trucking fleets and owner-operators,” says Jaye Young, country marketing manager for Michelin Americas Truck Tires. “Over the years, Michelin has continued to innovate and now offers a breadth of wide single products that are the most fuel-efficient, longest-lasting, most retreadable wide-base tires in the industry.”