WATERVILLE, Nova Scotia (March 2) — Michelin North America Inc. has begun production of its X One wide single truck tire at its Waterville plant, the culmination of an $82 million plant expansion announced in early 2006.
"Sales of the X One tire have more than doubled each year since its commercial introduction in 2000," said Luc Minguet, chief operating officer, Michelin Americas Truck Tires. "This expansion in Waterville is a key component of Michelin´s ability to meet the growing demand of the North American marketplace."
The expansion involved adding a new building and equipment to expand X One production capacity by more than 50 percent at the plant, making the Waterville facility Michelin´s second largest truck tire plant.
Michelin did not disclose capacity, but said once full production at Waterville is implemented, it will double the North American production of the X One. The tire also is produced at Michelin´s factory in Spartanburg, S.C.
Michelin touts wide single — also dubbed "super single" — tires as a way to enhance weight savings per axle and improve fuel consumption by lowering rolling resistance.