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About Michelin Tires

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

Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is present in more than 170 countries, has 112,300 employees and operates 68 production plants in 17 different countries. The Group has a Technology Center in charge of research, development and process engineering, with operations in Europe, North America and Asia. Michelin was incorporated on 28 May 1888. In 1891, it took out its first patent for a removable pneumatic tire.

Michelin has made a number of innovations to tires, including in 1946 the radial tire (then known as the "X" tire). It was developed with the front-wheel-drive Citron Traction Avant and Citron 2CV in mind. Michelin had bought the then bankrupt Citron in the 1930s. As of August 2008, this tire is still available for the 2CV. In 1988, Michelin acquired the tire 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 tire manufacturer after spending two years as number two behind Bridgestone.  Michelin produces tires in France, Germany, USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, Thailand, and several other countries.

Michelin's Mission

Michelin is dedicated to sustainably improving the mobility of goods and people by manufacturing and marketing tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles/motorcycles, earthmovers, farm equipment and trucks. It also offers electronic mobility support services on and publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases.

Shop for Michelin Tires

Michelin Defender, Pilot, Primacy, LTX and Latitude model tires are available to buy now.

Michelin 4x4 Diamaris

4x4 Diamaris

Michelin Agilis


Michelin Defender


Michelin Defender LTX M/S

Defender LTX M/S

Michelin Energy LX4

Energy LX4

Michelin Energy MXV4 S8

Energy MXV4 S8

Michelin Energy Saver

Energy Saver

Michelin Energy Saver A/S

Energy Saver A/S

Michelin Energy Saver LTX

Energy Saver LTX

Michelin Latitude Diamaris

Latitude Diamaris

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 2


Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2

Pilot Exalto PE2

Michelin Pilot MXM4

Pilot MXM4

Michelin Pilot Primacy

Pilot Primacy

Michelin Pilot Sport 3

Pilot Sport 3

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3

Pilot Sport A/S 3

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+

Pilot Sport A/S 3+

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 C5 Corvette Runflat

Pilot Sport PS2 ZP C5 Corvette Runflat

Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Pilot Super Sport

Michelin Premier A/S

Premier A/S

Michelin Premier LTX

Premier LTX

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 XPS Rib


Michelin XRV


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