Team based innovation
InnovaGO, InnovUP, Bibspace… a full range of tools and programs are underway to drive new innovation dynamics and encourage people to express their ideas. They play a vital role not only in deploying these initiatives but also in strengthening the culture of innovation.
With the InnovaGO program, employees can put forward their ideas at any time and without being asked. Goal for 2020: elicit and gather 100,000 Progress and Innovation ideas compared with 59,000 today. 66,000 employees have access to this program to put forward their innovative ideas for products, services, working conditions, diversity, saving opportunities, the environment, quality and safety.
Innov'Up collaborative innovation challenges encourage Michelin employees to develop creative ideas for new products and services. The management of a business entity initiates a challenge on a specific issue and anyone in the company, in any profession or country, can submit an idea.
An example of Innov’Up in action: the MICHELIN mini-atlas for cyclists
The MICHELIN mini-atlas, which was unveiled to the media in May, owes its "pocket-size" format to an idea generated by a creative-thinking challenge. Michelin teams from a variety of backgrounds (designers, enthusiasts and experts from the bicycle segment) and people from outside the company worked together to come up with ideas for new, simplified formats that would be useful for touring cyclists.
The Group's internal social network now has 35,000 employee members and 600 communities. Launched in 2013, BibSpace simplifies and boosts cooperation, communication and the sharing of best practices, problem solving and the circulation and expansion of ideas.
Michelin incubators host structures similar to start-ups, which provide a means of rapidly developing and testing novel business opportunities in the mobility segment, other than tires. The ideas developed and tested can come from the in-house creativity of Michelin teams through calls for ideas (which help spot real intrapreneurs) or outside sources.
AeroOne focuses on developing aerodynamic solutions for the Trucks sector. The aim is to improve the performance existing aerodynamic systems and improve fuel efficiency. It will eventually provide Michelin North America fleet customers with a system integrator approach which does not currently exist.
Michelin creates an innovation award
Michelin introduced the Innovation Award in 2015 as part of the “Innovation Approach”. By awarding this prize for the first time, the Group hopes to highlight and award actions in the field of innovation devised by teams or people in the Group . The Corporate Innovation Board (CIB) chose 10 Innovation Champions from over 200 submissions from throughout the Group. The three winners of the Innovation Award were presented with prizes at a Michelin Awards ceremony.