28 Facts About Michelin


Michelin is a French multinational tyre manufacturing company based in Clermont-Ferrand in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region of France.

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The next day, Edouard Michelin took the repaired bicycle into the factory yard to test.

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In 1891 Michelin took out its first patent for a removable pneumatic tyre which was used by Charles Terront to win the world's first long-distance cycle race, the 1891 Paris–Brest–Paris.

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In 1934, Michelin introduced a tyre which, if punctured, would run on a special foam lining, a design now known as a run-flat tyre .

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Michelin developed and patented a key innovation in tyre history, the 1946 radial tyre, and successfully exploited this technological innovation to become one of the world's leading tyre manufacturers.

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Michelin produces tyres in France, Serbia, Poland, Spain, Germany, the US, the UK, Canada, Brazil, Thailand, Japan, India, Italy and several other countries.

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On 15 January 2010, Michelin announced the closing of its Ota, Japan plant, which employs 380 workers and makes the Michelin X-Ice tyre.

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In 2019, Michelin announced that plants in Germany and France are to be closed soon.

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In December 2018, Michelin acquired Camso, a manufacturer of off-the-road tyres, tracks, and accessories for power sports, agriculture, material handling and construction markets.

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On 22 January 2019, it was announced that Michelin had acquired Indonesian manufacturer Multistrada Arah Sarana, which produces Achilles Radial and Corsa tyres.

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In 2008, Michelin committed errors of judgment in allocating adequate tyres for some of the race weekends.

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Dorna and the FIM announced that a control tyre would be imposed on MotoGP for the 2009 season and Michelin did not enter a bid, effectively ending its participation in the series at the end of 2008.

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Michelin returned to MotoGP in 2016 as official tyre supplier after Bridgestone's withdrawal from the series at the end of 2015.

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Michelin first competed in the 1977 Formula One season, when Renault started development of their turbocharged F1 car.

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Michelin introduced radial tyre technology to Formula One and won the Formula One Drivers' Championship with Brabham and McLaren, before withdrawing at the end of 1984.

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Michelin tyres were initially uncompetitive but by the 2005 season were totally dominant.

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Michelin committed to refunding the price of all tickets for the race.

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Michelin has had a difficult relationship with the sport's governing body since around 2003 and this escalated to apparent disdain between the two parties during the 2005 season.

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Michelin criticised the move claiming "this event illustrates F1's problems of incoherent decision-making and lack of transparency".

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In December 2005, and as a result of the difficult relationship with the sport's governing body, Michelin announced that it would not extend its involvement in Formula One beyond the 2006 season.

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Michelin is involved in endurance races such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the American Le Mans Series.

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In 2009 Michelin supplied tyres for 41 of the 55 cars entered in Le Mans.

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Active Wheel from Michelin includes in-wheel electric motors and a motorised suspension to free up space in the front or rear of the vehicle.

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Michelin has long published two guidebook series, the Red Guides to hotels and restaurants, and the Green Guides for tourism.

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Michelin publishes a variety of road maps, mostly of France but of other European countries, countries in Africa, Thailand and the United States.

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The Michelin roadmaps were reproduced in England for the Allied invasion during World War II.

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ViaMichelin provides mapping for internet, mobile and satellite navigation products with street level coverage of Europe, USA, Australia, and parts of Asia and South America.

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Michelin's death brought Michel Rollier, a 2nd cousin of Edouard Michelin, to the head of the company.

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