Who we are

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Michelin at a glance
Products and services
Sustainable mobility
Our goals for 2020
In the UK and Ireland

Michelin at a glance

Facts & Figures

  • 70

    production facilities in 17 countries

  • 5,000

    distribution and service centres

  • 114,000

    employees worldwide in 2018

  • 170

    nationalities represented

  • €22b

    net sales in 2017

  • 190m

    tyres produced in 2017

  • €641m

    invest for research and development in 2017

  • 85 %

    of our employees had trainings in 2017

  • 33,800

    paid working days were spent for local charity projects

A French company that grew into a global group

In 1889, brothers André and Edouard Michelin founded Michelin et Cie in Clermont-Ferrand (France). Today, the tyre-making company has become one of the world's leading names in tyres and mobility. 

An emblematic logo

Michelin Man has been the embodiment of the Michelin brand since 1898. The idea for the character came to Édouard Michelin when he saw a stack of tyres, then poster artist O'Galop brought it to life. Michelin Man is more than a logo, it is an emblem.

A common value: respect

Our Group was forged on one founding value: respect. A value that we hold in common with all of our teams and which we demonstrate on a daily basis in the Moving Forward Together approach. At Michelin, our goal is to help all our employees to develop so that, together, we can exceed our own expectations and progress even faster.

Discover our commitments as an employer

Our products and services

  • Tyres for cars, 4x4 and light trucks
  • Tyres for racing cars
  • Classic car tyres
  • Motorbike & scooter tyres
  • Bicycle tyres
  • Truck tyres
  • Tyres for agricultural vehicles
  • Earthmover tyres
  • Aircraft tyres
  • Did you know?

    Michelin is the worldwide #1 in energy-saving car tyres

  • Did you know?

    Since 1988, Michelin has clocked up 23 victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, including 17 consecutive wins.

  • Did you know?

    Michelin stocks a range of tyres and inner tubes for classic cars dating from the 1920s to the early 1980s.

  • Did you know?

    Michelin is the No. 1 brand of motorbike tyres in Europe.

  • Did you know?

    Michelin invented the first detachable bicycle tyre in 1891.

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    Michelin is the world's No 1 manufacturer of high-tech tyres.

  • Did you know?

    Michelin is Europe's No 1 manufacturer of radial agricultural tyres.

  • Did you know?

    Michelin is the world's No 1 manufacturer of radial tyres for surface mines.

  • Did you know?

    Michelin takes off into space, by supplying NASA with tyres for the US space shuttle.

  • Road maps
  • Maps and atlases
  • I-SPY
  • Tourist guides
  • Hotel and restaurant guides
  • Via Michelin driving directions
  • Mobile apps
  • Digital fleet management
  • Lifestyle products
  • Did you know?

    Michelin produced 13 million maps and guides in 2014.

  • Did you know?

    As early as 1908, motorists could obtain a road map and directions, free of charge, from Michelin's Bureau des Itinéraires (itineraries office) in Paris's 17th arrondissement.

  • Did you know?

    Michelin owns the iconic 'I SPY' childrens activity books. Relaunched in 2009 they have since sold over 1.5 million 

  • Did you know

    Michelin is Europe's No.1 publisher of tourist guides.

  • Did you know?

    Michelin published its first Red Guide in 1900.

  • Did you know?

    ViaMichelin is the No.1 travel website in Europe.

  • Did you know?

    Michelin offers 6 free mobile apps to help and guide you on the road and when you're travelling.

  • Did you know?

    Michelin Solutions designs, develops and markets solutions for fleets of trucks, buses, commercial vehicles and light trucks.

  • Did you know?

    From snow chains to tennis shoes to Michelin Man collectibles, Michelin Lifestyle holds 60 licenses and sells over 16 million products around the world.

Innovation for improved mobility

The passion for innovation has underpinned Michelin's development since the company's inception. It is central to our strategy.

With an annual research and development budget of over €640 million, 6,600 dedicated staff and a portfolio of 2,000 patent categories, we have an innovation capability without equal in the tyre industry.

This capacity for innovation stems from our ability to open up the fields of innovation, diversify our sources and understand the way our customers use products so that we can anticipate and meet their future needs.

To give innovation even more momentum, we encourage each and every employee to put forward their own ideas for innovation. In 2013 and 2014, an in-house challenge called 'InnovationWorks' saw 21,000 employees in China, the United States and Europe share their ideas. As a result of the challenge, some teams were able to take their ideas forward for future development.

Meet our teams

Diversity, the driving force behind our performance

Our teams are made up of 114,000 employees representing 170 different nationalities, working in 171 countries. They are as diverse as the world itself. This diversity of talents, skills, backgrounds, personalities and ages gives us the benefit of as many different approaches and ideas.

Through a whole array of initiatives, the Michelin Group fosters open-mindedness to avoid value judgements. The priority has been given to raising the proportion of women in the company and more specifically in the company's management. In 2017, women made up 25% of all of our management staff. By 2020, we aim to push this figure up to 30%.

We are also encouraging the emergence of local management: our goal for 2020 is that 80% of the top management in growth areas is from these same areas.

At Michelin, we apply a proactive disabled employment policy, we ease end-of-career work situations and organize inter-generational cohabitation.

This diversity makes our Group strong, heightens our values and is an asset for innovation. We intend to maintain it by helping all of our talents grow and develop with a personalized career path.

See our career paths

Tangible measures for sustainable mobility

Each of our products has been designed with a view to protecting the environment, from the choice of raw materials through to its design, including production processes and distribution. Between 2005 and 2011, we reduced our site's environmental footprint by 33%.

Seventeen Michelin sites in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Germany, Canada, Spain and France recover renewable energy.

Because most of a tyre's impact on the environment occurs whilst in use, we have developed new generations of tyres with lower rolling resistance to curb fuel consumption and reduce CO2 emissions.

Our 6 ambitions for 2020


  • 10%

    more performance for our products

  • 3 billion

    liters of fuel saved over a tyre's lifetime

  • 8 million

    tons of CO2 avoided through improvements in our products

  • 40%

    reduction in our sites' environmental footprint

  • 85%

    employee engagement

  • 75%

    of managers come from within the company

  • 30%

    of women in management as a whole

  • 30,000

    working days per year spent serving communities

  • 2,000

    local jobs created per year

  • 100%

    of Michelin sites certified to ISO 39001

  • 30%

    of raw materials are renewable or recycled

These 6 ambitions for 2020 are designed to make Michelin an undisputed leader in sustainable mobility and one of the most innovative, responsible and top-performing companies.

  1. Widen our lead in our product performance
  2. Set the industry standard for responsible manufacturing
  3. Secure our lasting financial performance
  4. Work together to improve employee well-being and personal development
  5. Strengthen ties with our local communities
  6. Improve everyone's quality of life through sustainable mobility

Michelin in the UK and Ireland

Stoke on Trent – Michelin UK's headquarters, office and factory
Ballymena - Factory
Dundee - Factory
Stoke on Trent - Michelin Lifestyle's global Headquarters
Watford – Maps and Guides Office
Dublin – Finance

In total, approximately 2,500 people work at Michelin Tyre PLC in the UK and Ireland. Michelin remains by far the largest tyre manufacturer in the UK with more than 50% of the people employed by the UK Tyre Manufacturing industry.

Our UK commercial headquarters is in Stoke-On-Trent. All of our professions are represented here, from purchasing to sales and from finance to marketing. Michelin HQ is also home to Michelin Lifestyle Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Michelin Group dedicated to managing and developing worldwide ranges of Michelin lifestyle products.

Three factory sites in Stoke-On-trent, Ballymena (Northern Ireland) and Dundee (Scotland) manufacture innovative car, truck and bus tyres. Michelin's maps and Guides arm is based in Watford.

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