Van, Truck, Trailer, Bus and Coach Aftermarket News in Ireland

Michelin working to consign punctures to history

Puncture problems could soon become a thing of the past when technology being developed by Michelin comes into popular use.

Michelin-Self-Seal-Test-copyAt its recent Challenge Bibendum event in China, the tyre maker demonstrated the effectiveness of its Selfseal technology.

Likely to be popular in China where motorists experience a puncture on average every 5,700 miles compared to Europe where the average is one every 48,000 miles, Selfseal works when a thin layer of rubber compound inside the tyre surrounds the area where a puncture has occurred to plug the hole, maintain pressure and prevent air from escaping.

In a parallel development, Michelin has commenced mass production of its pioneering Tweel – an airless tyre that comprises flexible, deformable polyurethane spokes that criss-cross between a fixed hub and the outer casing. Production will be confined to agricultural and commercial applications initially.