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  • Last 10 years innovations

  • Inner tube for bycicles

    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.

  • Tire for electric vehicles

    Approval of the MICHELIN Energy TM E-V tire by a manufacturer: 1st Michelin tire specially designed for electric vehicles that get the A rating for both wet braking and energy efficiency on the European label.

  • The largest agricultural tire

    Michelin unveiled the world’s largest tractor tire: MICHELIN AxioBib IF900/65/R46.

  • MICHELIN Premier A/S tire

    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.

  • MICHELIN CrossClimate tire

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

  • New tires for trucks

    Launch of the MICHELIN X® LINE™ Energy™ tire: the AAA-rated heavy-duty tire.

  • The world’s largest tire

    Michelin also launched the new MICHELIN XDR3 tire, the world’s largest tire, designed for mining transport vehicles.

  • The first connected aircraft tire

    Michelin and Safran launched the first connected tire for aircraft.

  • ACORUS : the deformable tire

    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 aluminium section of the wheel.

  • MICHELIN Track Connect

    Co-developed with the members of a Porsche Club, the connected tire solution "MICHELIN Track Connect" accompanies drivers at every stage of their runs on circuit.

  • Electric bike reinvented

    Wayscral, Michelin and Norauto launch Wayscral HYBRID Powered by Michelin: the first electrically powered bike tire with a removable motor and battery. The result of three years of research and nine patents, this classic bike transforms into an urban electric bike in less than three seconds.

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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.

1891

1900

The first MICHELIN guide was published; 35,000 copies were distributed for Universal Exhibition in Paris. It was the starting point of development of services for travelers, on the first quarter of 20th century:

 

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."

1900

1913

Michelin invented a steel wheel to replace the earlier wooden wheels. It was much simpler to use and repair, which allows the apprearance of the spare wheel.

1913

1937

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

1937

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).

The radial tire was used for the first time in 1951 in car racing: the Lancia team arrived first in its category at the 24h of Le Mans with vehicles equipped with these new tires. In 1979, together with Ferrari, the radial tire MICHELIN became the Formula 1 world champion.

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1964

Michelin presentd the first heavily laminated winter tires, MICHELIN XM+S. These tires were designed for vehicles that were frequently driven in mountain areas, in all weather and regardless of the condition of the soil.

Since then, all Michelin winter ranges presented a highly laminated sculpture, such as the tire MICHELIN XM+S100 in 1983. This major innovation has significantly improved performance on snow-covered winter tires.

In 1994, Michelin launched the Alpine Y-blade tire, allowing the density of the slats to be doubled at the end of their life, thus improving the grip on snow throughout the life of the tire.

1964

1965

Michelin created the MICHELIN XAS, the first asymmetrical carving tire for better safety and greater driving pleasure.

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1983

Michelin invented MICHELIN Bib-Mousse for Rally-Raid, Enduro and Cross bikes. Lighter than a reinforced air chamber, MICHELIN Bib-Mousse offered a pressure equivalent to 0.9 bar and removed the drawbacks of puncture.

1983

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.

1992

2000

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

In 2003, Michelin invented the ‘’Antisplash’’ deflector which divided by four the water splashes of heavy trucks thus providing better visibility and greater safety to motorists who are behind or trying to overtake.

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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.

Digital services developed in the 2010’s, with the launch of the Michelin Restaurants website in 2012, and Michelin Mobility Apps in 2013. This package of 6 free apps met the needs of travelers in all their travels: Michelin MyCar, Michelin Navigation, ViaMichelin, Michelin Restaurants, Michelin Hotels and Michelin Travel.

In 2015, ViaMichelin was deployed in 13 countries.

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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.

2003

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.

Connected services for fleet management then extended to other applications in the following years:

 

2012:  Contributing to the safety of buses operating in the context of the London Olympic Games by offering "communicating" tires with an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chip.

2013: Launch of the first Michelin EFFIFUEL TM offer, to help fleets of trucks and trailers with more than 220 vehicles reduce and control their fuel consumption.

2015: Launch of the EFFITRAILER TM service for semi-trailers, and marketing of the first connected agricultural tires.

2007

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.

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2012

Approval of the MICHELIN Energy TM E-V tire by a manufacturer: 1st Michelin tire specially designed for electric vehicles that get the A rating for both wet braking and energy efficiency on the European label.

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2013

Michelin unveiled the world’s largest tractor tire: MICHELIN AxioBib IF900/65/R46.

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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.

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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.

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2016

Launch of the MICHELIN X® LINE™ Energy™ tire: the AAA-rated heavy-duty tire.

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2016

Michelin also launched the new MICHELIN XDR3 tire, the world’s largest tire, designed for mining transport vehicles.

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2017

Michelin and Safran launched the first connected tire for aircraft. PresSense allows to measure tire pressure and facilictate maintenance by reducing number of manual operations.

At the 2019 Bourget exhibition, Michelin and Safran announced successful flight test of the first connected aircraft tire on a Dassault Falcon 2000S.

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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.

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2018

Co-developed with the members of a Porsche Club, the connected tire solution "MICHELIN Track Connect" accompanies drivers at every stage of their runs on circuit:

  • before, recommending the ideal pressures depending on the use;
  • during, by following tire pressure and temperature to inform the driver in real time;
  • after, synthesizing the information collected and adjusting the pressures before going back driving.
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2018

Michelin presents the new MICHELIN Alpin 6. Thanks to its scalable structure (appearance and widening of grooves with tire wear) and its multi-layer tread, the MICHELIN Alpin 6 ensures optimum safety and control over snow, even in the worn out state.

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2019

Wayscral, Michelin and Norauto launch Wayscral HYBRID Powered by Michelin: the first electrically powered bike tire with a removable motor and battery. The result of three years of research and nine patents, this classic bike transforms into an urban electric bike in less than three seconds.

2019

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