Michelin OE on Latest Komatsu Mining Truck
Michelin XDR earthmover tyres are to be fitted as OE to the new Komatsu 860E-1K haul truck, introduced during September’s MINExpo show in Las Vegas, USA. The rigid dump truck is designed for the most demanding surface mine applications, and features a 280-ton capacity, 2,700-horsepower diesel electric-drive system designed by Komatsu. The truck is also designed with an optional factory-installed trolley option.
“The new Komatsu 860E will be expected to handle staggering workloads and requires a tyre that can not only stand up under tremendous weight but also perform under the harshest conditions for a long time,” said Luc Minguet, president of the South Carolina, US based Michelin Earthmover and Industrial Tires division. “Because of its durability and maximum wear life, the MICHELIN XDR tyre is the ideal fitment for the new Komatsu truck.”
Michelin also produces the only radial tyres designed specifically for the Komatsu 960E-1 electric drive haul truck, which was introduced in May 2008. Michelin worked closely with Komatsu at their proving grounds in Arizona to test and confirm the Michelin XDR in the 56/80R63 dimension required for the 960E truck. “Being the key tire manufacturer of the 63-inch dimension for the Komatsu 960E truck further demonstrates Michelin’s leadership in the giant OTR tyre industry,” added Minguet.