GREENVILLE, S.C., Aug. 16, 2016  Michelin Tweel Technologies, manufacturer of the award-winning MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® airless radial tire, has increased its supply of the 12N16.5 X® TWEEL® SSL Hard Surface for operators who work on harsh paved or hard surfaces.

Originally introduced two years ago, the TWEEL® SSL Hard Surface is designed for operators who are involved with construction, transfer stations, waste handling, pavement maintenance or material handling and benefit from a hard surface version of an airless radial skid steer tire. The TWEEL® Airless Radial Tire offers the advantages of no maintenance, no compromise and no downtime — the X TWEEL SSL requires no air, thereby eliminating the risk of a "flat tire."  The X TWEEL SSL also delivers the advantages of no air-pressure maintenance, easy mounting, damage resistance, increased operator comfort, reduced operator fatigue and improved productivity and longer wear life than pneumatic tires.

“With our new TWEEL-dedicated facility now fully operational, we can now answer the demand for our TWEEL airless radial offerings,” said Olivier Brauen, head of Michelin Tweel Technologies.

The Hard Surface tire, which provides more longevity on pavement and asphalt, presents an option for very-high-use operations. The MICHELIN 12N16.5 X® TWEEL® SSL Hard Surface has a smooth tread with a 100-percent contact surface, which provides the maximum tread life for pavement applications. The MICHELIN X TWEEL SSL is also available in the All Terrain with a deep, open tread for off-road applications. The spokes are specially designed to enhance the tires’ endurance. In addition, the tires have a deep underlying tread layer that allows the core outside tread to be retreaded numerous times, helping reduce the overall cost of ownership.

“Our customers demand that their projects be done on time,” said Carlton Ashmore, equipment manager for Ashmore Bros/Rogers Group, Inc., an asphalt, milling and paving company serving Upstate South Carolina. “Our operators prefer the TWEEL SSL over pneumatic tires to eliminate downtime.  We have been using the hard-surface version for several years and have no flats to fix and no issues with traction.”

In appreciation for customer support, Michelin Tweel Technologies is offering a skid steer airless radial special through Sept. 30, 2016.  Customers will receive $100 off each tire with the purchase of a set of four SSL Hard Surface tires or a set of four SSL All Terrain tires (1).

To learn more about MICHELIN X TWEEL Airless Radial Tires, visit

(1) Offer is not valid where prohibited or restricted by law or in combination with any other discount or promotion.


About Michelin North America, Inc.

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 and motorcycles. The company has earned a long-standing reputation for building innovative premium tires.  Since 1989, Michelin has received 80 J.D. Power tire customer satisfaction awards—five times the number of all other tire manufacturers combined. In addition to tires, the company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America ( employs about 22,700 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants.


Mary Ann Kotlarich

Michelin North America