ARNHEM, Netherlands, March 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MICHELIN has developed a new ultra high performance tire for the super sport car segment using Teijin Aramid's Twaron as a high tech reinforcement material. Especially in extreme conditions, the tire offers an ultimate driving experience. The tire has been developed jointly with Porsche, BMW M and Ferrari.
According to tests by TÜV SÜD, the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport tire performs extremely well in the fastest segment of the automotive market. The tire contains three new technologies that combine speed and safety. Twaron, the high-performance aramid fiber of Teijin Aramid, ensures that the tire remains in its most ideal shape, even at extreme high speeds. Twaron also ensures that the tire has high speed stability and resists to high temperatures. This makes the MICHELIN Super Pilot Sport tire suitable for highest speeds reached at the racing circuit.
Twaron is one of the leading aramid fibers that is five times stronger than steel at equivalent weight, resistant to heat and wear and provides innovative and sustainable usages for different industrial sectors like automotive, composites, oil & gas, telecom and ballistics. Jean-Francois Beaupère, Product Category Manager of MICHELIN: "Normally, at high speed the belt of the tire tightens the tread more than the shoulders. By strengthening the tire with Twaron, pressure is more evenly distributed. With its varying tenseness, Twaron keeps the tire in perfect shape."
Christoph Hahn, Director Marketing & Sales of Teijin Aramid: "We are proud to be in a position to support Michelin in developing a tire like the new Michelin pilot Super Sport. Twaron is a super-strong fiber offering many fantastic technical features with which our customers can create many new innovations on top of the many existing applications. We are happy to share our knowledge about aramid to help our customers at the R&D departments to develop great new and more sustainable products."
Teijin Aramid is part of the Japanese Teijin Group and manufactures high-performance fibers such as Twaron at its production facilities in Emmen and Delfzijl, the Netherlands.
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Teijin Aramid is a subsidiary of the Teijin Group with her products Twaron(R), Sulfron(R), Teijinconex(R) and Technora(R). These are renowned for their strength, sustainability, heat resistance and low weight and can be found worldwide in different applications and markets including automotive, ballistic protection, marine, civil engineering, protective clothing, optical fiber cables, and oil & gas. The four high-performance aramids are produced in the Netherlands and Japan. More information http://www.teijinaramid.com
Teijin Limited, the holding company for the Teijin Group, is listed on the Tokyo and Osaka stock exchanges. The group had consolidated sales of USD 8.5 billion (JPY 765.8 billion) in fiscal 2009 and employs 18,778 people worldwide, with 156 companies around the world. For more information go to http://www.teijin.co.jp/english.
SOURCE Teijin Aramid