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  • 1891

    Edouard Michelin developed and patented the first detachable tire with an inner tube for bicycles making punctures easy to repair.

  • 1898

    A star was born: the Michelin Man.

  • 1900

    The first MICHELIN guide was published. 35,000 copies were distributed.

  • 1908

    The Driver Information Office was launched. It provided road users with free, personalized driving directions. The office later became the Driving Directions Office.

  • 1910

    The first Michelin road map specially designed for motorists was published. It featured the famous "accordion" fold patented by Michelin.

  • 1926

    Michelin created a new collection of guides, each containing information and driving directions for exploring a particular region. The first guide featured Brittany. Originally with a red cover, the regional guides later developed into the famous collection of "Green Guides".

  • 1929

    To give passengers a more comfortable ride, Michelin came up with the idea of fitting tires on trains. The Group designed a tire that could run on rails, as well as a new type of light railway vehicle known as a "Micheline". The name soon caught on.

  • 1930

    Michelin filed a patent for a tire with a built-in inner tube, the forerunner of the tubeless tire.

  • 1933

    Michelin designed the very first snow tire: the MICHELIN N. It offered excellent road holding in winter conditions.

  • 1946

    Michelin’s extensive research resulted in an amazing technological breakthrough: a tire with a radial casing. It was not just new, it was also safer, more economical and longer lasting offering up to four times higher mileage than a conventional tire. Michelin filed the patent for this innovation on June 4. The first radial tire was released in 1949 under the name of MICHELIN X. it was gradually rolled out across all the different segments: Truck tires (1952), Earthmovers (1959), Winter XM+S (1964), Agricultural Bib X (1978), Aircraft Air X (1981) and Motorcycle (1987).

  • Michelin is developing the first "green tire" (MICHELIN MXN) by adding silica to the gum. This technology improves energy efficiency while increasing safety and longevity.

  • 2001

    ViaMichelin was set up to develop digital services for travel assistance. These free services give users all the useful information they need to prepare their trips.

  • 2015

    Michelin launched the MICHELIN Cross Climate, the first summer tire with winter certification thanks to a savvy mix of previously incompatible summer and winter tire technologies.

  • 2017

    Michelin showcased a revolutionary prototype of its Vision Concept at the Movin’On Sustainable Mobility Summit. This connected airless tire has a tread which can be recharged using a 3D printer.  Michelin had invented the tire of the future.

  • 1891
  • 1898
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  • 1926
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  • 2017

1891

Edouard Michelin developed and patented the first detachable tire with an inner tube for bicycles, making punctures easy to repair.

1895

The Michelin brothers built l’Eclair, the first automobile fitted with tires, in order to compete in the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris race. It was the first time an automobile had run on air.

1898

A star was born: the Michelin Man.

1900

The first MICHELIN guide was published; 35,000 copies were distributed.

1908

Thanks to the "Twinned" tire, Michelin allows the development of the first heavy-goods vehicles.

1908

The Driver Information Office was launched. It provided road users with free personalized driving directions. The office later became the Driving Directions Office.

1910

The first Michelin road map specially designed for motorists was published. It featured the famous "accordion" fold patented by Michelin.

1913

Michelin invented a steel wheel to replace the earlier wooden wheels. It was much simpler to use and repair.

1920

Michelin set up advisory and service teams to meet users and give them a word of friendly advice from the Michelin Man.

1926

Michelin created a new collection of guides, each containing information and driving directions for exploring a particular region. The first guide featured Brittany. Originally with a red cover, the regional guides later developed into the famous collection of "Green Guides."

1928

The test tracks built next to the Cataroux site in Clermont-Ferrand were put into service. The tires were fitted on carts that were weighted with lead and traveled back and forth across three 450-meter-long curved “slides,” rising to a height of between 20 and 30 meters.

1929

To give passengers a more comfortable ride, Michelin came up with the idea of fitting tires on trains. The Group designed a tire that could run on rails, as well as a new type of light railway vehicle known as a "Micheline." The name soon caught on.

1930

Michelin designed the very first snow tire: the MICHELIN N. It offered excellent road holding in winter conditions.

1933

Michelin filed a patent for a tire with a built-in inner tube, the forerunner of the tubeless tire.

1934

Michelin introduced siping in its “STOP” tires to improve road holding in wet conditions.

1937

Michelin invented the first steel casing tire for trucks: the METALIC. This tire was more resistant to overheating and heavy loads.

1946

Michelin's extensive research resulted in an amazing technological breakthrough: a tire with a radial casing. It was not just new, it was also safer, more economical and longer lasting, offering up to four times higher mileage than a conventional tire. Michelin filed the patent for this innovation on June 4. The first radial tire was released in 1949 under the name of MICHELIN X. It was gradually rolled out across all the different segments: Truck tires (1952), Earthmovers (1959), Winter XM+S (1964), Agricultural Bib X (1978), Aircraft Air X (1981) and Motorcycle (1987).

1947

Michelin became the first French company to be equipped with an electronic microscope.

1965

The Ladoux test center was inaugurated. The 500-hectare site located to the north of Clermont-Ferrand was home to 40 kilometers of test track.

1977

Two new test centers opened at Laurens, South Carolina, in the U.S. and Almeria in Spain.

1992

Michelin developed the first "green tire" (MICHELIN MXN) by adding silica to the gum. This technology improves energy efficiency while increasing safety and longevity.

1994

The Y-siped MICHELIN Alpin tire was launched. As the tire wears down, additional sipes emerge, improving grip on winter roads throughout its entire life span.

1996

Michelin invented the vertically anchored PAX System tire. With its active safety system consisting of a rim and tire assembly, the tire can run flat at a speed of 80 km/h for a distance of 200 kilometers.

2000

Michelin replaced twin truck tires with its MICHELIN X-One single truck tire. The benefit was increased payloads and reduced fuel consumption.

2001

ViaMichelin was set up to develop digital services for travel assistance. These free services give users all the useful information they need to prepare their trips.

2003

Michelin developed its patented MICHELIN Ultraflex technology for agricultural tires. Thanks to increased sidewall flexion, farmers are able to work at lower pressure, reaping higher yields and profits.

2007

The Michelin Earthmover Management System arrived on the market. It was the first smart tire pressure and temperature monitoring system for overground mining. Productivity was enhanced as machine downtime for tire pressure adjustment became a thing of the past.

2010

The MICHELIN Protek Max inner tube for bikes was unveiled. It seals itself after a puncture, considerably reduces pressure loss when the bike is not in use, and is much easier to mount thanks to its square shape and textured surface.

 

Michelin launched the Pilot Super Sport. This high-performance tire benefited from the latest technology including a belt made from aramid borrowed from aeronautics providing excellent stability at high speeds, a dual-compound tread for top performance and maximum grip in both wet and dry road conditions.

2011

The MICHELIN Tall&Narrow was unveiled at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum. With its tall and narrow design, it improves fuel efficiency, reduces the risk of hydroplaning and contributes to a quieter, more comfortable ride.

2012

Developed exclusively by Michelin, B² technology for earthmover tires features a new bead-area design that attenuates rim slippage, keeping the tire securely in place and making it easier to fit.

2014

The Michelin Premier A/S was launched. Thanks to EverGrip technology, it offers greater performance throughout the tire life span.  Equipped with a self-regenerating tread and an innovative rubber compound, this tire delivers superior wet grip, mile after mile.

2015

Michelin launched the MICHELIN Cross Climate: the first summer tire with winter certification, thanks to a mix of previously incompatible summer- and winter-tire technologies.

2017

Michelin invented MICHELIN ACORUS technology: two rubber expanders fitted to a slightly narrower wheel. When the vehicle suffers an impact, the expander extends and safeguards both the tire and the aluminum section of the wheel.

Michelin showcased a revolutionary prototype of its Vision concept at the Movin'On Sustainable Mobility Summit. This connected airless tire has a tread that can be recharged using a 3D printer. Michelin had invented the tire of the future.

2018

Michelin presented Track Connect, the first connected tire on the market that allows real-time monitoring of tire pressure and temperature.

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