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Michelin: Planned obsolescence is ‘quite developed’ in the European tyre market

Michelin: Planned obsolescence is ‘quite developed’ in the European tyre market

Monday 15th May 2017 | 0 Comments

Michelin further re-affirmed its opposition to increasing minimum tyre tread depths (and of those that recommend changing tyres at 3mm) on 11 May when the company held a “The truth about worn tyres” demonstration at its ultra-modern Ladoux global research and development centre near Clermont-Ferrand in France. But what is the truth about tread depth? Tyres & Accessories spent a day experiencing some of the differences between tyres currently available in the European market and spoke with the Michelin senior vice president responsible for the firm’s whole-life tyre strategy, Bernard Delmas, in order to find out more.

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3mm divisions return to the surface

3mm divisions return to the surface

Thursday 24th November 2016 | 0 Comments

A decade since the 3mm campaign got a big push, the subject of what is the best tread depth at which to change tyres returned to centre stage at the beginning of October. The debate was reignited at the Paris Motor Show where Michelin reaffirmed its opposition to changing tyres at 3mm.

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WheelRight: Let’s get tread depth basics right before moving the goalposts

WheelRight: Let’s get tread depth basics right before moving the goalposts

Wednesday 26th October 2016 | 0 Comments

WheelRight believes that plans to raise the minimum legal car tyre tread depth from 1.6mm to 3mm “are like moving the goalposts before the team has even run onto the pitch”. John Catling, CEO of the UK-based technology business thinks setting even higher standards of tread depth could be counter-productive as long as so few drivers continue to regularly check their tyres. John Catling said: “According to the results of a live pilot study we conducted at Keele Services on the southbound M6 earlier this year, most women (55%) admitted to rarely checking their tyres. Their male counterparts did not score much better, with just 66% claiming to undertake monthly checks.

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NTDA reaffirms support for 3mm campaign

NTDA reaffirms support for 3mm campaign

Monday 24th October 2016 | 0 Comments

The NTDA reports that it remains “firmly committed to its 3mm Tread Safety campaign, an initiative designed to raise awareness among motorists of the importance of changing tyres when they reach a 3mm tread depth rather than the lower, legal limit of 1.6mm, which was launched in partnership with Roadsafe in 2005.” The NTDA statement follows comments made by well-known manufacturer Michelin at the end of September in opposition to 3mm tread depth tyre change philosophies.

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Michelin reaffirms opposition to 3mm replacement

Thursday 29th September 2016 | 0 Comments

While some manufacturers lobby for tyres to be replaced at 3 or even 4 mm, Michelin maintains that the current legal limit of 1.6 mm is “perfectly suited” to modern motoring and has reaffirmed its opposition to a change in the legislation. Indeed, during the course of the Paris Motor Show, Michelin’s top executives will be making this argument with journalists, OEMs and of course the public.

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