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Michelin opening new plant for Tweel airless tires in South Carolina

Tire Business reports that Michelin North America Inc. is opening a plant in Piedmont, S.C., dedicated to the production of its Tweel non-pneumatic tire/wheel assembly. Ribbon-cutting for the new plant will be held on November 20, and Michelin did not reveal the plant’s cost, size, employment, or production capacity. The plant is Michelin’s 10th in South Carolina and 16th in the United States.

The Tweel airless tire/wheel assembly was commercially introduced in 2012 after some seven years of development work. The first OE fitments for the Tweel are with Deere & Co. for the John Deere ZTRAK zero-turn commercial lawn mowers. At present, the Tweel is aimed primarily at skid-steers and other industrial applications.

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