Michelin is a French tyre manufacturer, founded in 1889 by brothers Edouard and André Michelin in Clermont-Ferrand in the Auvergne region of France. The company is one of the four largest tyre manufacturers in the world along with Goodyear, Continental and Bridgestone.
Michelin is also notable for its Red and Green travel guides, its roadmaps, the Michelin stars that the Red Guide awards to restaurants for their cooking, and for its company mascot Bibendum, colloquially known as Michelin Man.
Michelin’s numerous inventions include the removable tyre, the pneurail (a tyre for trains made to run on rails) and the radial tyre. Michelin manufactures tyres for space shuttles, aircraft, motor vehicles, heavy equipment, motorcycles and bicycles.
In 2012 the company produced 166 million tyres at 69 facilities located in 18 countries.