Tyre makers receive innovation awards
Last December, Thomson Reuters named Michelin and Goodyear Tire & Rubber two of its 100 most innovative organisations for 2012. Michelin reports receiving an award last week for this achievement; in sharing this news, the tyre maker states that 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.
“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 tyre and the first ‘Energy’ fuel-efficient tyre 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,” added Gettys.
“Innovation is the foundation for economic prosperity and technological advancement,” stated David Brown, managing director, Thomson Reuters IP Solutions. “We congratulate the Thomson Reuters 2012 Top 100 Global Innovator companies and their leaders for recognising the important role innovation plays in the successes of today and tomorrow.”