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Michelin introduces the world's first road-approved tyres that contain recycled materials.

Posted by Priya Singh On 08-Oct-2022 08:36 AM

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  • Michelin introduced two tyres, one for cars and the other for buses, that contain 45% and 58% of recycled resources.


    Michelin has taken a new step toward the pre-production and marketing of new ranges that will include high levels of sustainable materials within two to three years. As a result, the Group is well positioned to meet its commitments for global production using 100% bio-sourced, renewable, or recycled materials by 2050, with a 40% increase in 2030.

    Two tyres, one for cars and one for buses, will be available in two to three years, foretelling future Michelin tyre technologies. Michelin is introducing two tyres, one for cars and the other for buses, that contain 45% and 58% of recycled resources, respectively. These tyres have been approved for road use and have performance levels that are exactly the same as current tyres.

    Michelin attributes this advancement to the greater use of natural rubber, as well as the inclusion of recycled carbon black, oils such as sunflower oil and bio-sourced resins, rice husk silica, and even recycled steel in its tyres.

    The Group's inclusion of recycled resources in the development of its tyres is a genuine undertaking in which no compromise in performance is made and care is taken not to impact the environment in each step of the life cycle: design, manufacture, transportation, use, and recycling.

    To stay on track, Michelin can rely on its expertise in high-tech materials, as well as the contributions of its entire R&D department of 6,000 engineers, researchers, chemists, and developers. It is worth noting that Michelin held 3,678 active patents for these materials alone in 2021.

    Recognizing that the pace and nature of innovations in the field of sustainable materials necessitate new skills, the Group has embarked on a targeted partnership program, allowing it to accelerate the development of breakthrough technologies, particularly in the fields of transformation and recycling.

    About Michelin Tyres

    Michelin is a French multinational tyre manufacturer headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

    MICHELIN Group and the Tamil Nadu government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2009 for Michelin's tyre manufacturing plant at SIPCOT Thervoy Kandigai Industrial Park, 50 kilometres north of Chennai. This 290-acre facility is currently focused on producing Radial Truck/Bus tyres.

    In the first quarter of 2014, the manufacturing plant near Chennai began commercial production of MICHELIN radial truck tyres. Over 700 people assisted in bringing the plant online, with 350 Indian employees being trained in 12 countries. To make the facility operational, 4,500 tonnes of machinery and 280,000 meters of cable were installed.

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