Meeting the challenges of tomorrow
Road mobility is fundamental to human development, but its growth poses enormous challenges. Today, there are more than one billion motor vehicles on the road worldwide, a number that could rise to over 1.5 billion in 2020.
The challenge of sustainable mobility
More than 60% of the world's oil output is used in transportation.
Around the world, fuel efficiency and emissions standards are being tightened in response to the growing scarcity of fossil fuels, climate change and the need to protect the environment, especially in urban areas. To meet this challenge, the automobile industry is undergoing a profound shift towards cleaner, more connected road mobility that makes more efficient use of energy and raw materials - the same mobility that constitutes the core of Michelin's offering.
The challenge of developing natural rubber
Around 70% of othe natural rubber produced worldwide is used by the tire industry. The material's physical properties make it irreplaceable in many applications. Demand for natural rubber is growing and the market is subject to sharp price fluctuations. We work to optimize its use and to improve output by increasing plantation productivity, while encouraging the development of sustainable rubber tree farming at every step in the value chain.
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Finding viable alternatives
A research program called BioAmirys is underway to obtain polyisoprene (the main molecule in natural rubber) from a variety of biomass sources other than the rubber tree. To benefit rubber tree farming in general, Michelin is working with CIRAD (the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development) to develop more resistant, higher-yielding varieties of rubber tree that can be grown in different climates.