Two brothers, Édouard and André Michelin, ran a rubber factory in Clermont-Ferrand, France. One day, a cyclist whose pneumatic tyre needed repairing turned up at the factory. The tyre was glued to the rim, and it took over three hours to remove and repair the tyre, which then needed to be left overnight to dry. The next day, Édouard Michelin took the repaired bicycle into the factory yard to test. After only a few hundred meters, the tyre failed. Despite the setback, Édouard was enthusiastic about the pneumatic tyre, and he and his brother worked on creating their own version, one which did not need to be glued to the rim.

Michelin was incorporated on 28 May 1888.

Michelin has made a number of innovations to tyres, including the radial tyre (1946). It was developed with the front-wheel-drive Citroën Traction Avant and Citroën 2CV in mind.

Michelin also controls 90% of Taurus Tire in Hungary, as well as Kormoran, a Polish brand.

As of 1 September 2008, Michelin is again the world's largest tyre manufacturer after spending two years as number two behind Bridgestone. Michelin produces tyres in France, Germany, USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, Thailand, Japan, Italy and several other countries.

At we can recommend many of the Michelin tyres for economical driving and if you are specifically looking for a replacement Michelin tyre then you may always refine your tyre search to include only the Michelin brand in your results.


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