Michelin has invested in the motorhome rental start-up Campanda, which was founded in Germany in 2013 and offers campervan hire to British holidaymakers through the campanda.co.uk portal. Through its Michelin Travel Partner subsidiary, the tyre maker is the primary investor in a second round of funding that also saw existing Campanda investors increase their financial involvement.
Michelin has appointed Martyn Pointer as its new commercial director of agriculture, with responsibility for the UK, Ireland and the Nordics. He replaces Mike Lawton, who has taken on the position of head of communications, after five years in the role.
Leicester-based bulk aggregate haulier BMD Transport claims to have cut its monthly tyre bill by 25 per cent after switching to a Michelin policy. The family-run company reported the savings soon after switching its entire fleet to the premium fitments, and expects to see further reductions in running costs as it takes advantage of the tyres’ multiple lives.
Mexico still plays a role in Michelin’s future plans. Following Donald Trump’s comments on cross-border import duties and Ford’s decision to scrap plans for a new US$1.6 billion factory in the country, Michelin chief executive officer Jean-Dominique Senard has given his reassurance that the tyre maker hasn’t got cold feet.
The pressure to produce higher yields at lower prices is a theme common to most aspects of the agricultural industry; dealing with that pressure is, both literally and figuratively, the task of tyres fitted to the larger, more powerful machinery designed to deliver on this goal. For tyre manufacturers, field tests and demonstrations with the farmers’ and contractors’ own equipment provide the best opportunity to show how their particular products and solutions can help them to achieve increased productivity. It also allows those brands who work most closely with original equipment manufacturers to demonstrate their tyres’ interaction with agricultural machinery and components such as central tyre inflation systems. Tyres & Accessories recently visited Maxwell Farms, near Turriff in Aberdeenshire, to see Michelin conduct such a demonstration.
European customers can purchase the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S as of this month, and the successor to the Pilot Super Sport will also be launched in other global markets. The tyre enjoyed its North American debut today at the NAIAS, or North American International Auto Show, in Detroit.
Michelin has appointed Jonathan Layton, 45, as national sales manager fleet, UK and Republic of Ireland. A veteran Michelin man, Layton assumes the role after more than 15 years at the company. Layton will manage the company’s team of key account managers, ensuring a high quality of service across its car and van fleet customers.
Logistics provider Kuehne + Nagel Poland is now managing Michelin’s warehouse activities in Poland. This arrangement is the first new business under a global master agreement for contract logistics recently signed by the two companies.
Firm aims to consolidate position as European leader in online restaurant booking On 20 December, Michelin announced the acquisition of Restaurantes.com, the leader in Spain in the online restaurant booking market with more than 5,000 establishments equipped with its solutions and more than 700,000 covers booked in 2015.
Michelin has begun selling tyres at MichelinMan.com, expanding its online tyre retail trial in North America. As a result, online retail tyre sales for consumers in Southeast markets through MichelinMedia.com. The site aims to simplify the tyre-buying process so consumers can research, select and purchase tyres, as well as schedule installation with a local Michelin service partner all in one location.
Roborace has named Michelin as its official tyre partner. Michelin has been working secretly at its testing facilities and sharing over 125 years of its expertise with Roborace to develop an exclusive solution for the ultimate ‘Robocar’, designed by Daniel Simon, which will feature next-generation Michelin road tyres to be used in the series. Roborace is currently in its Beta season appearing at Formula E circuits for exhibitions using its development car ‘DevBot’. The official unveiling of the championship's Ultimate car will take place in 2017.
Delegates from the Michelin Tyre Academy ‘Class of 2016’ flew to the company’s Clermont-Ferrand headquarters for the third and final module of the training course, and were rewarded for their dedication with a 4x4 driving experience on a mountain-top track. Six students from the Academy’s initial 2016 intake were selected for the module by their respective Michelin Auto Professional advocate programme tyre dealerships, which are also all part of the Michelin Certified Centre (MCC) network.
Pursuant to the decision of chief executive officer Jean-Dominque Senard on 13 December 2016 and the twenty-fourth resolution of the company’s shareholders meeting on 13 May 2016, Compagnie Générale des Etablissements Michelin has decided to cancel 3,347,040 treasury shares, representing 1.8 per cent of the total shares outstanding. The effective date of the resulting capital reduction was 15 December 2016.
Not only has Michelin announced the location of its next Challenge Bibendum – the French manufacturer has given the event a new name: Movin’on. Three years after the last Michelin Challenge Bibendum sustainable mobility get-together in Chengdu, China, Movin’on heads next June to Montreal, Canada.
Gussion Transport reports 30% saving after adopting Michelin tyre policy and ATS Euromaster management
A joint consultation by Michelin and ATS Euromaster has helped Widnes-based chemical haulier Gussion Transport cut its tyre bill by around 30 per cent. This reduction is said to have been facilitated by the adoption of a fleet-wide tyre management programme and the conversion to a Michelin new and Remix fitment policy.