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Two brothers, …douard and Andrť Michelin, ran a rubber factory in Clermont-Ferrand, France. One day, a cyclist whose pneumatic tyre needed repair turned up at the factory. The tyre was glued to the rim, and it took over three hours to remove and repair the tyre, which then needed to be left overnight to dry. The next day, …douard Michelin took the repaired bicycle into the factory yard to test. After only a few hundred metres, the tyre failed. Despite the setback, …douard was enthusiastic about the pneumatic tyre, and he and his brother worked on creating their own version, one which did not need to be glued to the rim.

Michelin was incorporated on 28 May 1888. In 1891, it took out its first patent for a removable pneumatic tyre.

Michelin has made a number of innovations to tyres, including in 1946 the radial tyre (then known as the "X" tyre). It was developed with the front-wheel-drive CitroŽn Traction Avant and CitroŽn 2CV in mind. Michelin had bought the then bankrupt CitroŽn in the 1930s. As of August 2008, this tyre is still available for the 2CV.

In 1988, Michelin acquired the tyre and rubber manufacturing divisions of the American B.F. Goodrich Company founded in 1870. Two years later, it bought Uniroyal, Inc., founded in 1892 as the United States Rubber Company. Uniroyal Australia had already been bought by Bridgestone in 1980.

As of 1 September 2008, Michelin is again the world's largest tyre manufacturer after spending two years as number two behind Bridgestone.  Michelin produces tyres in France, Germany, USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, Thailand, and several other countries.

Michelin 4x4 Diamaris

4x4 Diamaris

Michelin 4x4 Synchrone

4x4 Synchrone

Michelin Agilis


Michelin Cross Terrain SUV

Cross Terrain SUV

Michelin Defender


Michelin Energy LX4

Energy LX4

Michelin Energy MXV4 Plus

Energy MXV4 Plus

Michelin Energy MXV4 S8

Energy MXV4 S8

Michelin Energy Saver

Energy Saver

Michelin Energy Saver A/S

Energy Saver A/S

Michelin Latitude Sport

Latitude Sport

Michelin Latitude Sport 3

Latitude Sport 3

Michelin Latitude Tour

Latitude Tour

Michelin Latitude Tour HP

Latitude Tour HP

Michelin LTX A/S


Michelin LTX A/T2


Michelin LTX M/S


Michelin LTX M/S 2


Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2

Pilot Exalto PE2

Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 ZP

Pilot HX MXM4 ZP

Michelin Pilot MXM4

Pilot MXM4

Michelin Pilot Primacy

Pilot Primacy

Michelin Pilot Sport

Pilot Sport

Michelin Pilot Sport 3

Pilot Sport 3

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3

Pilot Sport A/S 3

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP Runflat

Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP Runflat

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup

Pilot Sport Cup

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2

Pilot Sport Cup 2

Michelin Pilot Sport PS2

Pilot Sport PS2

Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP

Pilot Sport PS2 ZP

Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 ZP Runflat

Pilot Sport PS2 ZP Runflat

Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Pilot Super Sport

Michelin Premier A/S

Premier A/S

Michelin Primacy 3

Primacy 3

Michelin Primacy HP

Primacy HP

Michelin Primacy HP ZP

Primacy HP ZP

Michelin Primacy MXM4

Primacy MXM4

Michelin Primacy MXV4

Primacy MXV4

Michelin Symmetry


Michelin XPS Rib


Michelin XPS Traction

XPS Traction

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