3 axis of R&D

Design and development

Discover how the engineers in Michelin research centres throughout the world design high-tech ag tyres, tailored to your farming needs.

The Michelin® Group designs and develops high-tech agricultural tyres tailored to your farming needs and expectations. A tyre only satisfies needs if it allows you to conquer your everyday challenges.

The user is at the core of our design process.

Identification of these needs in terms of performance and product gives rise to specifications that form the basis for the agricultural tyre development process.

Simulation

Like an architect who first of all works on drawings and on the choice of materials for a building, Michelin® Group engineers and technicians first design the structure of the ag tyre using high-tech resources and software. Simulation software enables them to work on the structure of an agricultural tyre and on the contact effects between the tread and the ground. It is   a progressive system which checks the state of the product manufactured at every stage against the customer's farmer's requirements.

Prototype

Once the architecture has been determined, an agriculture tyre prototype is produced.

Tests

We conduct real-condition tests in our test centres and in fields. These tests are set up and conducted by engineers and technicians or by independent experts. They check whether the new agricultural tyre meets the ever-demanding needs of users in terms of: soil compaction, fuel consumption, long service life, behaviour on soft/hard ground, safety, etc.

Field trials

As soon as a product has passed our testing, they are placed with farmers and monitored. Thanks to our sales teams throughout the world, we can choose the most demanding farming conditions of use to ensure that our products agricultural tyres meet your needs to improve your productivity of your farm.

The main performance aspects monitored are:

  • Tyre tread rolling resistance to damage from hard, dry ground
  • Resistance to “Stubble damage” (damage to treads by corn, soya, sunflower and sugar cane stubble, etc.)
  • Sidewall damage resistance
  • Tyre service life
  • Type of wear on tractor wheel tread

Launch

The farm tyre is only launched on the market once we have proof from the user that their needs are met by  its performance. The MICHELIN CerexBib tyre, for example, has been placed with users – please listen to their stories

Research centres

Discover how the engineers in Michelin research centres throughout the world design high-tech ag tyres, tailored to your farming needs.

The Michelin® Group has test, research and technology centres throughout the world. Their mission is to design, develop and test technological innovations by linking product and process. Their technical and scientific competency is evident in the agricultural tyres you use every day.

These resources are applied to all Michelin tyre ranges. Thus, Michelin® teams are constantly innovating in terms of agricultural tyres and are developing exclusive technologies in this field.

Agricultural tyres are developed and tested in the Michelin Group’s largest Technology Centre in Ladoux, France. Take a look into this highly regarded centre by visiting the website below: http://ladoux.michelin.com .

MICHELIN® has a very large test centre in Almeria, Spain, which has the benefit of exceptional weather conditions: Europe’s lowest rainfall and stable temperatures. All key aspects of agricultural tyre performance are tested there in very severe conditions.

Key figures

3 600 people

work in the Michelin Technology Research and Development Centres worldwide.

6 000 people :

The total number of people involved in industrial research and development

500 million Euros per year

(3.4% of sales turnover): the budget committed by the Michelin Group to research and development. Clear evidence of the Group’s commitment to constantly innovating and developing high technology tyres.

In 2011, more than 900 agricultural and compact line tyres were placed and tests followed on more than 300 agricultural machines with our customers in 14 different countries.

This testing process, across a wide variety of working conditions, enables us to validate and refine our future ag tyre development.

Field tests

In 2011,

more than 900 agricultural and compact line tyres were placed and tests followed on more than 300 agricultural machines with our customers in 14 different countries.

This testing process, across a wide variety of working conditions, enables us to validate and refine our future ag tyre development.