The Michelin Tire Company is owned by the Michelin Group. With headquarters in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin operates facilities in more than 170 countries, employs 111,200 workers and runs 67 production plants in 17 countries, as of 2015.
The Michelin Group can be traced to 1832 when Aristide Barbier and Édouard Daubrée opened a factory to produce farm machinery and rubber balls in Clermont-Ferrand, France. Édouard Michelin took over the company in 1889. In 1896, the company launched an advertising campaign to demonstrate the advantages of solid rubber tires.
Michelin filed a patent for its radial tire in 1946. In 1952, Michelin applied its radial technology to the production of truck tires. Developed in 1981, the Michelin Air X became the first radial aircraft tire. The first radial motorcycle tire was available for purchase in 1987. Globally, the company produces tires for almost every tire category.