Michelin and GM also announced a joint research agreement under which the companies intend to validate the Uptis Prototype with the goal of introducing Uptis on passenger models as early as 2024.

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Michelin and GM are testing the Uptis Prototype, beginning with vehicles like the Chevrolet Bolt EV. Later this year, the companies will initiate real-world testing of Uptis on a test fleet of Bolt EV vehicles in Michigan.

 

Because Uptis is airless, the breakthrough wheel assembly eliminates the dangerous risk of flat tires and blowouts:

 

  • Drivers of passenger vehicles feel safer on the road.
  • Operators of passenger vehicle fleets minimize downtime and improve efficiency resulting from flat tires and near-zero levels of maintenance.
  • Society at large benefits from extraordinary environmental savings through reduced use of raw materials for replacement tire or spare tire production.

 

The Uptis Prototype represents a major advancement toward achieving Michelin’s VISION concept, which was presented at the Movin’On Summit in 2017 as an illustration of Michelin’s strategy for research and  development in sustainable mobility. The VISION concept introduced four main pillars of innovation: airless, connected, 3D-printed and 100% sustainable (entirely renewable or bio-sourced materials).

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Uptis demonstrates that Michelin’s vision for a future of sustainable mobility is clearly an achievable dream. Through work with strategic partners like GM, who share our ambitions for transforming mobility, we can seize the future today.
Florent Menegaux, chief executive officer for Michelin Group
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General Motors is excited about the possibilities that Uptis presents, and we are thrilled to collaborate with Michelin on this breakthrough technology. Uptis is an ideal fit for propelling the automotive industry into the future and a great example of how our customers benefit when we collaborate and innovate with our supplier partners.
Steve Kiefer, senior vice president, global purchasing and supply chain, General Motors
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The Uptis Prototype is re-engineered for today’s passenger vehicles, and it is also well suited to emerging forms of mobility. The vehicles and fleets of tomorrow — whether autonomous, all-electric, shared service or other applications — will demand near-zero maintenance from the tire to maximize their operating capabilities.

The Uptis Prototype demonstrates Michelin’s capacity for innovation — in both the mastery of these high-tech materials, and also the development approach in close collaboration with GM, which validates our Vision concept as a roadmap for innovation. Uptis represents progress toward Michelin’s vision for tomorrow’s mobility, and also embodies our commitment to a better, sustainable mobility for all.
Eric Vinesse, executive vice president, research and development, Group Michelin (who revealed Uptis at the Movin’On Summit)

Uptis features ground-breaking improvements in architecture and composite materials, which enable Uptis to bear the car’s weight at road-going speeds.

These innovations combine to eliminate compressed air to support the vehicle’s load, and result in extroardinary environmental savings: approximately 200 million tires worldwide are scrapped prematurely every year as a result of punctures, damage from road hazards or improper air pressure that causes uneven wear.

These advancements through the Uptis Prototype demonstrate Michelin’s and GM’s shared commitment to delivering safer, more sustainable mobility solutions.

 

 

For more information, images and video please visit: www.michelinmedia.com/michelin-uptis.

This is the continuity of a long lasting and successful relationship between the two companies. Gulf Air has already experienced Michelin tires on its Airbus fleet for the last decade. The complete revamp of Gulf Air’s new fleet, part of its 5 yearlong strategy launched in 2018, is the perfect opportunity to introduce the “Michelin Air X” tire which features the Michelin patented Near Zero Growth technology.

 

NZG technology is designed to ensure minimal tire growth. Aircraft tires have very high inflation pressures (20 bar) compared to other tires, such as passenger car tires (2.5 bar), to carry the high aircraft weights. At the high take-off and landing speeds an aircraft tire can ‘grow’ due to the high centrifugal forces. NZG minimizes tire diameter growth, and consequently tires become more durable and resistance to foreign object damage.

 

The combination of Michelin Air X tires and NZG technology reduces overall operational costs compared to a standard radial tire. This result is achieved through an increased number of landings (up to 30% more), improved fuel efficiency and exceptional damage resistance. NZG technology also increases tire robustness and reduces fuel consumption, leading to lower CO2 emissions.

 

Gulf Air has already started to operate its new fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and Airbus 320neo’s that are equipped with Michelin tires, and will apply them on their Airbus 321neo which is scheduled to begin arriving in early 2020.

    This new executive committee meets for the first time today and is composed as follows,

    Three new senior managers are integrated at this time:

     

    • Scott CLARK, Executive Vice President, Automotive Business Management, Motorsport, Experiences, Americas Regions (Central, North and South)
    • Jean-Claude PATS, Executive Vice President, Corporate Personal Management
    • Eric VINESSE, Executive Vice President, Operational Research & Development Department

     

    Six senior managers are already members of the Group Executive Committee:

     

    • Yves CHAPOT, Managing Partner
    • Sonia ARTINIAN-FREDOU, Executive Vice President – Mobility Services & Experiences and New Ventures Business Lines
    • Laurent BOURRUT, Executive Vice President – Long Distance and Urban Transportation Business Lines and European Regions
    • Adeline CHALLON-KEMOUN, Executive Vice President – Brands, Sustainable Development, Communication & Public Affairs
    • Jean-Christophe GUERIN, Executive Vice President – Manufacturing

     

     

    Serge LAFON, Executive Vice President – Mining, Off Highway, 2 Wheels, Aircraft Business Lines and Africa, Asia, Australia, India & the Middle East Regions

    This museum has triumphed above all because the Michelin history it shares is universal. It touches each of us and is unlike any other – both a well-known chapter of France’s past and a worldwide success story. An industrial saga filled with a multitude of exhilarating episodes covering more than 130 years, while at the same time setting the stage for the future. L’Aventure Michelin is also an integral part of Clermont-Ferrand’s own history, marked by the Michelin brothers’ arrival in 1889, the development of the first removable tyre in 1891 in the courtyard of a small plant in Carmes, the organisation of the legendary Gordon-Bennett Cup in Auvergne in 1905, the first road map of the Clermont-Ferrand region in 1908, the famous housing estates that dotted the local landscape and, last but not least, the Michelin Man, named Icon of the Millennium in 2018. Not only is the Michelin Man the Group’s emblem, he contributes to the renown of the venue and of the Michelin brand itself. The Michelin brothers – pioneers with an audacious vision – consistently encouraged their company to rise to the challenges of the times. This spirit is still reflected in the Group’s strategy today. For its tenth anniversary, L’Aventure Michelin is seeking to spark visitors’ interest by adding two new features in 2019: a new film on the Michelin Man and an exploration game giving visitors a new glimpse into the tour’s design. This new, all-digital feature – inspired by the concept of escape games – will be available in different versions concocted especially for families, school groups and the like.

     

    Because the story it tells is never-ending and the Group is constantly looking to the future, L’Aventure Michelin continues to evolve with the times. The objective is to show the general public how Michelin continues to blaze trails in the tyre industry in the 21st Century and respond to everchanging mobility needs.

    Michelin was awarded this prestigious prize at the 2019 Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation and Excellence at a ceremony during Tire Technology Expo 2019 at the Deutsche Messe, Hannover, Germany.

     

    The panel awarded the accolade to Michelin for several achievements; notably the Company’s environmental initiatives, product innovation and its work into worn tire performance.

     

    Judge Klaus Baltruschat, tire expert for TÜV SÜD commented: “Michelin’s environmental initiatives over the past 12 months have been outstanding; they are one of the few tire OEs to commit to 2048 sustainability targets. Michelin has been driving the market with innovations and sustainability concepts for years, and their environmental initiatives such as micronised rubber powder and clever tread pattern design that still delivers good performance, even when close to being worn out, are just a few examples that can be cited here.”

     

    Pierre Robert, Director of Research and Development for the Michelin group, commented:  “The tire manufacturing industry is highly competitive, so it is a real honour for Michelin to receive the prestigious Tire Technology International ‘Tire manufacturer of the Year’ award.  Innovation has been at the heart of Michelin’s success for more than 125 years, and this award is testament to the pioneering work of the 6,000+ people working today in R&D worldwide for Michelin.”

    SYMBIO, A FAURECIA MICHELIN HYDROGEN COMPANY will be owned equally by Faurecia and Michelin. This French joint venture, built around a unique ecosystem, will develop, produce and market hydrogen fuel cell systems for light vehicles, utility vehicles, trucks and other applications.

     

    Faurecia and Michelin are convinced of the importance of hydrogen technology in tomorrow's world of zero emissions mobility and of the need to create a strong French and European hydrogen industrial sector. The two companies aim to create a world leader in hydrogen fuel cell systems through combining existing and complementary assets from both partners in the joint-venture. This will enable the joint venture to immediately offer a unique range of hydrogen fuel cell systems for all use cases.

     

    For electric vehicles, fuel cell technology complements battery technology, especially in those use cases requiring very intense use and greater autonomy. Furthermore, fuel cell technology has recently been selected by the European Union as one of Europe’s six Important Projects of Common Interest.

     

    Michelin’s contribution to this joint venture will be the activities of Symbio - a Group subsidiary since 1 February 2019 and a supplier of hydrogen fuel cell systems associated with a range of digital services - as well as research & development and production activities.

     

    Faurecia will contribute the technological fuel cell expertise it has developed through a strategic partnership with the CEA, its industrial know-how and its strategic relationships with car manufacturers. Faurecia will continue its development of high-pressure hydrogen tanks in partnership with Stelia Aerospace Composites, which will also benefit the joint venture.

     

    The cooperation between Michelin and ENGIE, a global energy and services group, for the development of a hydrogen ecosystem, in particular in the field of hydrogen mobility, will also benefit the joint venture.

     

    The agreement between Michelin and Faurecia was signed today in the presence of Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Secretary of State at the French Ministry for Economy and Finance. This operation is subject to the approval of the competent merger authorities.


    This innovative partnership will facilitate the emergence and development of hydrogen mobility: it opens the way to a new form of sustainable mobility. I welcome the alliance between Michelin and Faurecia, incorporating our strategic asset Symbio. The ultimate aim is to develop a complete mobility offer for hydrogen vehicles, from fuel cells to maintenance services.

    Florent Menegaux, General Managing Partner and future President of the Michelin Group

    I am very pleased to have signed this strategic agreement with Michelin with a view to creating the world leader in hydrogen mobility. Our shared vision, as well as the complementarity of our technological know-how, will accelerate the market launch of efficient fuel cell systems adapted to different use cases. Our joint ambition is to create a centre of excellence for hydrogen mobility in France through the gradual combination of our activities.

    Patrick Koller, Chief Executive Officer of Faurecia

    This innovative spirit has helped create the new additions to the Pilot Sport range which Michelin will present at Geneva; new ranges and new
    products adapted to every driving condition with superior grip which is designed to last.

     

    MICHELIN Pilot Sport is a range of tires that holds several circuit records(1) (2) and has been developed jointly with customers and partner car manufacturers to achieve the highest performance levels.

     

    The two latest additions to this range, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 SUV and the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup2 R, have been designed for drivers who want to use the full potential of their car and increase their driving pleasure. Both tires use technologies developed in motorsport and in cooperation with the most demanding car manufacturers when it comes to performance.

     

    With Michelin Track Connect, connected tire mobility has become reality. Connected technology, as an innovating mobility concept, Is very important and the cutting-edge technology within Track Connect allows its users to improve their driving skills by combining and analysing the pressure and temperature data of their connected tires. This real-time data lets drivers improve the performance of their sports cars on a race track, so they can increase their driving pleasure while knowing that they can use their tires safely until the last lap.

     

     

    (1) Since 2017 the Porsche GT2 RS and GT3 RS, fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 R tires, has set 3 records on the legendary Nordschleife of the Nürburgring.
    (2) The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S is now officially the fastest world-wide SUV with a time of 7 minutes 49.369 seconds on the Nordschleife and is equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires.

    Michelin today confirms its willingness to accompany truck drivers by improving:

    • Their mobility: optimised itineraries, precise information on rest and refueling places for trucks and drivers.
    • Their safety: helping them to find the right places to rest so they can rest peacefully and get back on the road, and reduce the number of trucks parked in prohibited or dangerous areas.

    Xavier Gosselin, Incubator Project Manager at Michelin, said: "When the startup Truckfly offered us to take control of their operations, we did not hesitate. It made sense because they already had one of the largest POI databases in Europe. Michelin is proud of this acquisition, which meets its ambition to make life easier for truck drivers".

    A free and friendly application

    Truckfly is an application particularly recognised by the community of European truck drivers. It has in addition to very detailed POIs, a large network of partners which gives access to privileged offers. Very easy to use, the application will keep its name and will remain free. It will be improved over time with the ambition of continuing to grow the user community, hoping to reach 300,000 users in Europe within 2 years.

    *Michelin only acquires the software part and the Truckfly name. The company Truckfly will continue its activities under another name.

    Located in West Town, Temporis appears in the guide for the first time with a one-star award. Owned by a young and passionate duo, co-chefs Sam Plotnick and Don Young, the restaurant is driven by the passion of the chefs and a small but very dedicated team.

    In a challenging culinary environment that has been impacted by multiple restaurant closures, Alinea retained its three-star award in 2019. Inspectors were impressed with chef de cuisine Simon Davies, who replaced the former executive chef Mike Bagale in May.

    Bib Gourmands are awarded to restaurants that earn the attention of the Michelin inspectors as offering great quality food at good prices.

    Pacific Standard Time opened in May to much fanfare, as chef Erling Wu-Bower brings a welcome Cal-Italian flair to River North. The restaurant earned a Bib Gourmand designation for its quality sourcing, fine technique and creative edges.

    Additionally, the 2019 MICHELIN Guide Chicago recognizes more than 120 restaurants with the Plate symbol, a designation given to restaurants that inspectors recommend to travellers and locals for a good meal with fresh ingredients and capable preparation.

    Awarded a Plate designation for the first time, S.K.Y. was one of Chicago’s biggest openings and was named in the “Best New Restaurants” list by Chicago Magazine. Chef Stephen Gillanders’ cuisine fuses together contemporary technique with Asian flavors for a highly creative and enjoyable meal.

    More than 200 restaurants appear in the 2019 MICHELIN Guide Chicago. Diners can find recommendations for establishments with notable wine, beer, sake and cocktail lists, as well as menus on which average prices are $25 and less.

    The 2019 selection includes

    • One restaurant with three stars
    • Three restaurants with two stars
    • 18 restaurants with one star (one new)
    • 58 restaurants with a Bib Gourmand (9 new)

    The 2019 MICHELIN Guide Chicago (ISBN #9782067230620) will go on sale on Friday 28 September 2018, at major book sellers for a suggested retail price of $18.99.

    Located in West Town, Temporis appears in the guide for the first time with a one-star award. Owned by a young and passionate duo, co-chefs Sam Plotnick and Don Young, the restaurant is driven by the passion of the chefs and a small but very dedicated team.

    In a challenging culinary environment that has been impacted by multiple restaurant closures, Alinea retained its three-star award in 2019. Inspectors were impressed with chef de cuisine Simon Davies, who replaced the former executive chef Mike Bagale in May.

    Bib Gourmands are awarded to restaurants that earn the attention of the Michelin inspectors as offering great quality food at good prices.

    Pacific Standard Time opened in May to much fanfare, as chef Erling Wu-Bower brings a welcome Cal-Italian flair to River North. The restaurant earned a Bib Gourmand designation for its quality sourcing, fine technique and creative edges.

    Additionally, the 2019 MICHELIN Guide Chicago recognizes more than 120 restaurants with the Plate symbol, a designation given to restaurants that inspectors recommend to travellers and locals for a good meal with fresh ingredients and capable preparation.

    Awarded a Plate designation for the first time, S.K.Y. was one of Chicago’s biggest openings and was named in the “Best New Restaurants” list by Chicago Magazine. Chef Stephen Gillanders’ cuisine fuses together contemporary technique with Asian flavors for a highly creative and enjoyable meal.

    More than 200 restaurants appear in the 2019 MICHELIN Guide Chicago. Diners can find recommendations for establishments with notable wine, beer, sake and cocktail lists, as well as menus on which average prices are $25 and less.

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