“Research partnerships give us access to the best of science and technology externs."
Emmanuel Custodero, Scientific Director of the Michelin Group

Our strategy

Our partnership strategy is global. We have built a collaborative and open network of partners that combines internal expertise and external creativity to foster cooperation among all players, including researchers, startups and students. This network increases the Group's capacity to use an agile approach to draw out ideas for the mobility of the future.

Enhancing our skills

Research partnerships are an ideal way to detect emerging technologies or mobilize a critical mass of targeted resources for a specific period or topic to accelerate our research process.

Diversifying our sources of innovation through research partnerships

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FACTOLAB, a joint public-private lab

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The Factolab, which opened in 2017, combines the strengths of Michelin's research teams and three university research labs in Clermont-Ferrand: the Institut Pascal (IP), the Social and Cognitive Psychology Lab (LAPSCO) and the IT, Modeling and Systems Optimization Lab (LIMOS), all under the aegis of the CNRS. FactoLab, which is dedicated to innovative technology for the plants of the future, works in R&D on human-machine cooperation to assist operators, with a focus on collaborative robotics, augmented reality and self-driving transport trolley design.

ChemistLab, a joint lab to create even more durable elastomers

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Created in 2019, ChemistLab is the last of a series of 5 joint laboratories. It combines the expertise of Michelin and two academic laboratories from Lyon under CNRS supervision: Chemistry, Catalysis, Polymers and Processes (C2P2) Laboratory and Institute for Molecular and Supramolecular Chemistry and Biochemistry (ICBMS). This joint laboratory aims to create, from biosourced raw materials, new generations of high-performance elastomers. This approach is unique because it involves all stages of the elastomer’s life cycle, from the choice of raw materials to their ability to be recycled. In order to obtain “tailor-made” elastomer structures, the process will use state-of-the-art solid modeling techniques and high advanced polymerization control.

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