New MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport Tire Reinforced With Twaron Para-Aramid Fiber

By Teijin Aramid, PRNE
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

ARNHEM, Netherlands, March 17, 2011 - 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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About Teijin

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

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

For additional information about Teijin Aramid: Saskia Verhoeven, Manager Corporate Communication, Teijin Aramid BV, TEL: +31-88-26-89-068, E-mail: saskia.verhoeven at

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