Michelin Canada Recognizes Alberta's Transport Leadership

New Regulations Allow Wide-Base Single Tires on Provincial Highways   

LAVAL, QC, Aug. 2, 2017 /CNW/ - Michelin North America (Canada) Inc., recent host to the MOVIN'ON global summit for action on sustainable mobility in Montreal, recognizes the leadership of the Alberta Ministry of Transportation and the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA), which have worked together to enact regulations that allow environmentally friendly, new generation wide-based single tires to travel on provincial highways.

New generation technology uses a single, wide tire to replace conventional dual tires on commercial trucks. The wide-base single tires are manufactured using 25% less raw materials than a traditional dual-tire configuration, resulting in fuel efficiency throughout the entire lifecycle, and with less material to be processed at end-of-life. The total payload increase, from 7,700 kg for a single axle to 9,100 kg, also means the trucking industry can increase its hauling and payload capacity, while decreasing fuel consumption and green-house gas emissions.

"As a promoter of sustainable mobility, Michelin is encouraged when provinces work collaboratively with their commercial stakeholders to develop pragmatic solutions that help the country transition to a lower-carbon economy," said Jeff MacLean, president, Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. "Regulatory harmonization across Canada that enables the adoption of wide-based single tires also  helps facilitate the movement of goods, and increases productivity and competitiveness for Canadian carriers."

This development signals a significant and ecological commercial corridor in Canada, extending from Quebec across the Prairies. Wide-base single tires have been available in North America since 2000. Load parity was implemented in 2008 in Ontario and 2009 in Quebec. In 2015, Manitoba revised regulations pertaining to trucks travelling provincial highways that meet national load ratings. As of July 1, all the Prairies (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta) now have regulations permitting the use of wide-base single tires.

About Michelin

Michelin, the leading tire company, is dedicated to enhancing its clients' mobility, sustainably; designing and distributing the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its clients' needs; providing digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences; and developing high-technology materials that serve the mobility industry. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is present in 170 countries, has 111,700 employees and operates 68 production facilities in 17 countries which together produced 187 million tires in 2016 (www.michelin.com). In Canada, Michelin employs over 3300 and has three tire manufacturing facilities located in Nova Scotia. To learn more about truck tires, visit www.michelintruck.com.

SOURCE Michelin Canada

For further information: Irene Aguzzi, Michelin North America (Canada) Inc., C. 514-475-7684; Email : irene.aguzzi@michelin.com

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