Michelin has developed the world’s first 900mm wide and 2.32m tall radial agricultural tire. The new AxioBib IF900/65R46, developed alongside machinery manufacturers New Holland, Same & Deutz-Fahr and Krone, will be launched on Tuesday 22 October in a live webcast available to watch worldwide. A panel including Michelin’s Emmanuel Ladent, president strategic business unit Agricultural Tire, and Jean-Paul Gauthier, director of Agricultural Tyre research and development will take questions from the farming and engineering communities.
The new fitment, which features Michelin’s patented Ultraflex technology, has a load capacity of 10,600kg per tire and is designed for tractors driven at speeds of up to 65km/h.
Mike Lawton, commercial director of Michelin’s Agricultural tire division in the UK and Ireland, says: “Last year we launched our largest ever tractor tire which was 2.15m in diameter, and this year we are excited to be extending the AxioBib range even further, to include the world’s biggest agricultural tire. Farmers are increasingly facing the problem of needing to produce more, whilst protecting their soil more effectively and we are confident this new rubber will help them achieve this.
“Michelin has worked closely with machinery manufacturers to understand exactly what requirements are needed from this tire and we are pleased to be able to share the future of farm equipment in such an exciting way. We’d urge anyone interested in finding out more about the tire to log on to the webcast and take the opportunity to ask questions to those leading the way in developing the next generation of farm equipment.”
Joining Michelin for the webcast will be Neil Payne, New Holland’s marketing manager for high-horsepower tractors, Alessandro Plebani, Same & Deutz-Fahr’s R&D high range developing specialist and Heinrich Wingels, marketing director at Krone. They will each aim to share all the latest news and views on farm machinery from their respective companies.