Michelin, Dow Polyurethanes Form Agreement To Accelerate Pax System Technology

Michelin, Dow Polyurethanes Form Agreement To Accelerate Pax System Technology

GREENVILLE, S.C., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Michelin and The Dow Chemical
Company (Polyurethane Business) have entered into a joint-development
agreement to accelerate the technology associated with the run-flat support
rings, internal devices that support a deflated PAX System, Michelin's
integrated tire/wheel system.
Through the agreement, Dow and Michelin will focus on developing
technology and materials to develop a strong, lightweight, cost-effective
support ring for the PAX System. Dow brings its knowledge of polyurethane and
manufacturing processes to the agreement, while Michelin will provide design
and test support.
"Michelin research identified polyurethane as one of the key materials for
the support rings for the PAX System; Dow is a recognized leader in the field
of polyurethane development. It is a natural fit," said Don Baldwin, manager
of new business, Michelin Automotive Industry Division. "We're confident this
agreement will lead to technology advancements and a strong relationship
between Dow and Michelin -- both of which will significantly help advance the
PAX System."
According to Peder Danielsen, new business development manager for Dow
Polyurethanes, "We are committed to leveraging our knowledge of polyurethane
chemistry and its capabilities to develop an internal support for the PAX
System. The joint development agreement with Michelin will accelerate the
development and adoption of the support by helping direct our technology and
resources to critical performance criteria. The PAX System is a novel
approach to addressing the needs of automakers and the driving public."
Michelin is creating additional strategic alliances that will cover all
development of PAX System and help take a product that meets the demands of
consumers and automakers alike and to get the product more rapidly to the
market.
PAX System (http://www.paxsystem.com ) is an integrated tire/wheel system
featuring a vertically anchored tire, flexible run-flat support ring and tire
pressure sensor. Its unique features provide drivers enhanced performance,
handling, security, run-flat mobility, fuel economy and increased design
freedom.
Dow is a leading science and technology company that provides innovative
chemical, plastic and agricultural products and services to many essential
consumer markets. With annual sales of $19 billion, Dow serves customers in
162 countries and a wide range of markets that are vital to human progress,
including food, transportation, health and medicine, personal and home care,
and building and consӪtruction, among others.
Committed to the principles of sustainable development, Dow and its 39,000
employees seek to balance economic, environmental and social responsibilities.
For more information about Dow Polyurethanes, please visit the company's
Web site at http://www.dow.com or call 800-447-4369.
Michelin manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including
airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy duty
trucks, motorcycles and the space shuttle. The group also publishes travel
guides, maps and atlases covering Europe, Asia, Africa and North America.
Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America employs 26,500 and
operates 21 plants in 19 locations.

SOURCE Michelin and Dow Chemical Company
Web Site: http://www.paxsystem.com

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