Clermont-Ferrand, France – Michelin Group has acquired AirCaptif, a French startup specialising in the filed of ultralight inflatable structures for protection and insulation.
In a 19 Nov statement, Michelin said AirCaptif’s structures are “simple to use and 10 times lighter than steel”, featuring a single inflation point for quick and simplified implementation.
The ‘extremely innovative’ structures, said Michelin, can be used in various applications such as aeronautics, medicine, construction, and even leisure.
Michelin said the acquisition will enhance its materials expertise and will allow for “much faster development of activities on new markets.”
The French group said it expected to apply the “innovation platform” and “highly advanced industrial means” offered by AirCaptif in several sectors, but did not elaborate further.
The acquisition falls within Michelin’s sustainable growth beyond the tire strategy.