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12. April 2007

Michelin starts production of X-One Tyre in Canada

Michelin North America Inc. has begun production of its X-One wide single truck tyre at its Canadian Waterville, Nova Scotia Plant, after of a USD 82 million plant expansion announced in early 2006.

"Sales of the X One tyre have more than doubled each year since its commercial introduction in2000," said Luc Minguet, chief operating officer, Michelin Americas Truck Tyres. "This expansion in Waterville is a key component of Michelin´s ability to meet the growing demand of the North American marketplace." The expansion involved adding a new building and equipment to expand X One production capacity by more than 50% at the plant, making the Waterville facility Michelin´s second, it will double the North American production of the X One. The tyre also is produced at Michelin´s factory in Spartanburg,SC,USA. Michelin claims wide single, also dubbed "super single" -tyres as a way to enhance weight savings per axle and improve fuel consumption by lowering rollingresistance.

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