Michelin agricultural radial tires are standard equipment on one of the world's most sophisticated tractors. Since February, FENDT(TM) Vario Series tractors have been commercially available in North America through AGCO Corporation (NYSE: AG), a major worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment. AGCO selected Michelin advanced-technology radial agricultural tires for their proven ability to enhance the superior performance of FENDT tractors.

"Michelin agricultural tires are an important component on the North American FENDT tractors," said Kevin Bien, general marketing manager, FENDT. "Since FENDT tractors combine cutting-edge technology with industry-proven innovations, it only made sense to install premium Michelin tires as standard equipment on every tractor we sell."

The alliance with FENDT marks the first exclusive OE placement for Michelin agricultural tires since the company entered the North American market in 1997. Last year, Case Corp, Racine, Wis., announced that Michelin Agribib(TM) and XM(TM)28 tires were available as performance options on its new MX Series Magnum tractors. Both fitments are paving the way for additional placements of Michelin tires within the American agricultural original equipment market.

About Michelin agricultural tires

Heralded as a world-class innovator, Michelin offers the Agribib(TM), the XM(TM)28 and the XM(TM)108 line of radial tires used on the FENDT Vario Series tractors. They are designed to increase traction, improve flotation and reduce soil compaction. Additional benefits include extraordinary fuel economy, excellent resistance to flats and damage, long life and superior comfort and uniformity -- a requirement at the higher road speeds common to FENDT tractors.

"FENDT recognizes the value of tires in relation to performance. That's why AGCO Corporation chose Michelin to outfit its Vario Series tractors," said Keat Pruszenski, OE account manager-North America for Michelin Agricultural tires.

The Michelin Earthmover Group leads the industry with the most advanced radial tires for equipment ranging from forklifts and loaders to giant haul earthmovers. 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 company also publishes travel guides, maps and atlases covering Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelin.com ) employs 27,000 and operates 23 plants in 21 locations.