Michelin intensifies tyre r&d efforts

By Larry Edsall, Automotive News

“Energy costs are not going to fall, and raw materials are not going to revert to five years ago. This is a new reality we must face.” – Edouard Michelin, Group Michelin

Clermont-Ferrand, France-Facing higher raw materials and energy costs as well as the growing number of vehicles worldwide, Group Michelin is intensifying its efforts to cut materials use and rolling resistance while improving tyre performance.

Among the company’s targets are car and light-truck tyres that double the durability of current…

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