"We specified the trailers from new in 2012 on Michelin's previous generation XTE3 trailer tyres and were very pleased with the performance," recalls Tyrone Lanaway, engineering manager at the temperature-controlled logistics specialist.
"However, the new Michelin X Multi T tyres, launched last year, represent a further leap forward in durability and performance."
The X Multi T fitments on Nagel Langdons' LSTs are already exceeding the 200,000 km typically achieved by XTE3 tyres.
Having covered an average of 260,000 km in service, Michelin is now projecting they will pass the 300,000 km mark before they need to be removed and returned for retreading.
Michelin says that key to the durability of the 385/65 R 22.5 X Multi T trailer tyres is its newly developed rubber compound called Carbion. This, it says, reduces the tyre's operating temperature by 6°C, further reducing rolling resistance and fuel consumption, and delivering increased resistance to abrasion.
"Thanks to the X Multi T tyres we have been able to keep both our LSTs and standard length trailers on the road for greater periods of time," confirms Lanaway. "Our long relationship with Michelin gives us confidence that we will continue to get great performance throughout the whole life of the tyre."