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Posted on May 03, 2013

Michelin Recognized as One of the World's Top Innovators by Thomson Reuters

GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 3,  2013) –  At an event this week, Michelin received an award for being named to the 2012 Top Global Innovators list by Thomson Reuters that recognizes the company’s achievements as one of the world’s leading innovators.

This highly coveted list, which comes out annually from Thomson Reuters, recognizes the top 100 companies and institutions in the world that are “at the heart of innovation.”

“Ever since Michelin was first established, the dynamics of innovation and the search for new technologies for the customer’s benefit have been at the core of Michelin’s strategy,” said Terry Gettys, Michelin Group’s director of research and development.  “This commitment to innovation has continued to differentiate Michelin from the competition, leading to such technological leaps forward as the invention of the  radial tire and the first ‘ENERGY’ fuel-efficient tire to name a few.

“Today, innovation continues to drive the more than 6,000 people working in research and development domain and nearly 350 other professions who embody Michelin’s $800 million-a-year research and development process.”

The Thomson Reuters award is significant for Michelin as it focuses attention exclusively on companies that generate a “sizable amount of innovation.”  For example, only businesses that have accumulated 100 or more patents in the past three years are  qualified for consideration.

“Innovation is the foundation for economic prosperity and technological advancement,” said David Brown, managing director, Thomson Reuters IP Solutions.  “We congratulate the Thomson Reuters 2012 Top 100 Global Innovator companies and their leaders for recognizing the important role innovation plays in the successes of today and tomorrow.”

Thomson Reuters is one of the leading providers of intelligent information for businesses and professions around the globe.

About Michelin North America

Michelin, the leading mobility company, is dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility, sustainably; designing and distributing the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its clients’ needs; providing digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences; and developing high-technology materials that serve a variety of industries. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America ( has more than 21,400 employees and operates 19 major manufacturing plants. 

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