Michelin has launched the Michelin X AGVEV, which it says is the first tire specifically designed for automatic guided vehicles (AGV) operating in ports, and the first time a port tire has been ‘EV’ marked.
AGVs are becoming increasingly common in ports and while these machines are currently used in numerous ports in Asia, Europe and North America, Michelin notes that previously there were no tires on the market tailored to their needs.
The company says the new offering’s main features include a damage-resistant design and slick tread pattern, with the tire construction optimized for high loads. The compound is also formulated for low rolling resistance and the carcass includes a patch to facilitate fitting of a Michelin TPMS.
Dominique Morel, business segment manager for ports and ground support handling at Michelin, explained, “As work environments such as ports evolve with automation and electrification becoming key driving trends, the Michelin X AGVEV is living proof of Michelin’s dedication to innovation and a customer-centric approach. While AGVs have been growing in numbers around the globe, we see them equipped with tires for reach stackers or other machines rather than with dedicated solutions that better meet the specific requirements of their application. As a result, we took the opportunity to develop this tire specifically for our customers’ needs.”
The tire is currently offered in one size: 18.00 R 25 and is now available through Michelin’s dealer network throughout Asia and Europe, with availability in other regions planned for the future.