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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.

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About Michelin North America

Michelin, the leading mobility company, is working with tires, around tires and beyond tires to enable Motion for Life. Dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility and sustainability, Michelin designs and distributes the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its customers’ needs. Michelin provides digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences. Bringing its expertise to new markets, the company is investing in high-technology materials, 3D printing and hydrogen, to serve a wide variety of industries — from aerospace to biotech. Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, Michelin North America has approximately 22,500 employees and operates 34 production facilities in the United States and Canada. (michelinman.com