Michelin encompasses over 350 fields of expertise in its Technology Center and continues to develop outside partnerships to open up fresh prospects for innovation.
By developing long-term collaborative arrangements with universities and innovative companies, Michelin expands its know-how, compares viewpoints with other experts, and accelerates its research and development drive. The Company makes a point of presenting projects to customers and the markets as early as possible to identify the best options, apply agile methods and speed up innovation.
Partnerships with automotive manufacturers
Catering to all wheeled vehicles on the market driving in any and all conditions, Michelin has a unique expertise in tires, suspension systems and vehicle operation, which it makes available to vehicle manufacturers.
By assigning dedicated teams to join their innovation efforts, Michelin develops tire solutions that meet their requirements, no matter how specific they might be.
The higher the stakes and the technical requirements, the more enduring the partnership. The collaborative arrangements in place with Airbus, Audi, Case New Holland, Caterpillar and Porsche for over 50 years are eloquent examples.
A new tire size: MICHELIN Tall&Narrow
These tires, which were specially developed for the Citroën C3 Hybrid Air and the Peugeot 208 HYbrid FE, make the vehicle more energy efficient, more resistant to aquaplaning, more comfortable and quiet when driving.
Des partenariats au service d’une économie circulairePartnerships for a circular economy
Michelin has signed three partnerships to set up biosourced elastomer supply channels:
- With Amyris, a manufacturer of renewable fuels and chemicals, Michelin is developing and marketing the renewable isoprene "No Compromise".
- With Axens and IFPEN, it has forged a research alliance to develop butadiene from biomass. In addition, to supply this project with the alcohol it requires, Michelin has partnered with Tereos in the field of agricultural raw material processing.
- Lastly, the Group has joined forces with CEA, SDTech and Proteus to develop two innovative avenues for recycling used tires.
A diverse range of research partnerships
Every year, 250 research partnerships are conducted with universities and research institutes (50%), small businesses (25%), suppliers (10%) and consortiums (15%). The subjects span a variety of areas, including materials, understanding how tires are used, manufacturing processes and tests.
Understanding how tires are used
Through its partnership with the Dresden University of Technology's VUFO Research Institute in Dresden, Germany (Lehrstuhl Verkehrsunfallforschung [VUFO] an der Technischen Universität Dresden), Michelin has access to very comprehensive statistics on road accidents: What type of accidents happen? On what sort of roads? In what weather conditions? With what type of vehicle usage? At what time of the year? All data recorded is used to map out accident factors in detail and identify areas for improvement or research.