The technology provides a reduction of around 20% of the noise level perceived inside the vehicle, something that is especially important in electric vehicles. Manufacturing will begin in 2024 and will lead to the creation of about 12 new jobs.
The Michelin plant in Vitoria-Gasteiz is going to expand its facilities and install new machinery with the aim of manufacturing quieter tires, for which it will invest 4 million euros.
The management of the plant in the capital of Alava announced this Thursday that they will manufacture this tire that integrates a specific polyurethane foam adhered inside it that dampens the resonance of noise, which increases the acoustic comfort in the passenger compartment of the vehicle.
This technology provides a reduction of around a twenty % the level of noise perceived inside the vehicle, something that is especially important in electric vehicles, in which the main source of noise comes from the rolling of the tires and not from the engine.
Currently, the tires manufactured in the Vitoria-Gasteiz and Valladolid factories that require this technology are transported to other group factories in Europe to incorporate the Polyurethane foam.
With the new facility in Álava, the shipment and, in many cases, the return of around 800,000 tires per year to these factories in Europe, with the consequent reduction of CO2 emissions caused by transport, according to the multinational.
The project, which is scheduled to be developed throughout this year and the start of manufacturing at early 2024will also entail the creation of some 12 new jobs in the Álava capital.
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