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Michelin UK Tyre Makers-factory never tyres of Dundee – Evening Telegraph

Michelin UK Tyre Makers

Michelin UK Tyre Makers

Michelin UK Tyre Makers-Just like their tyres, Michelin ,keep rolling on. They never seem to bang a big drum about themselves — they just get their head down and get on with the job. That’s how they arrived in Dundee.

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Consequently, this is the tyre factory that I had completely forgot about?  The Michelin tyre factory in Dundee, Scotland,UK.

Of course, Michelin, made their first tyre their  on November 6 1972.So, in the next  four years from them starting. It is important to realize, that the giant French tyre company. Had, manufactured the  five millionth  tyre! a great achievement.

First thing to remember is, the factory capacity was increased in 1978. So, many different car tyres were made their. Including ,the then new run-flat tyres as far back as 1983.

The factory is due for further expansion. Another key point is that it will be one of the few tyre manufacturing plants. Hence, in the whole of the UK.

Michelin’s UK head office and commercial headquarters is in Stoke-on-Trent.

The Stoke site used to manufacture truck tyres and i think Earth mover tyres,(but i could be wrong about that). I do remember visiting the factory in Stoke to collect some earth mover tyres, but they could just have been stored there.

I know that they manufacture tyres in Ballymena (northern Ireland), because they have recently threatened to close the factory, but i think that government help has postponed the closure.

Michelin UK Tyre Makers
Michelin car tyres are produced in Dundee and exported all over the world.

The famous Michelin truck remoulds are still made in Stoke, along with their training centre and offices. There was a time when no other tyre manufacturer could touch Michelin with the quality of their truck carcasses(a name for the old new truck tyres that could be used again as a remould).

Of course Michelin still make car tyres at their factory in Dundee, Scotland. Subsequently, this factory makes over 7 million car tyres. Which are exported all over the globe. The factory is also famous for saving energy with the building of wind turbines. Helping reduce emissions and lower its carbon footprint.

 

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Winter Tyres Tested- Wet conditions can be a hazard winter tyres are tested on water-in the wet video feature

Winter Tyres Tested

Winter Tyres Tested

In my opinion this type of test is often overlooked. So, not only are winter tyres good in the snow and ice ? but drivers are much safer in water logged road conditions.

Points often overlooked when driving in summer and winter. So, how many times have we all been driving along at 70 mph when we are suddenly hit by a huge downpour of rain.

it happens to us all ? however what is not known is the large numbers of crashes that occur under such weather conditions.

A to B as fast as possible

These days we are always in a rush. I am as guilty as any other driver on the road. Fortunately, I always fit winter tyres to my vehicle. Especially, the van that I drive.

For this reason then I am convinced that they have saved me from a crash. So, how many times have we been lacking concentration driving at speed down our motorways?

Suddenly the traffic in front has come to a quick and dramatic standstill. We slam on the brakes and hope that out vehicle is going to grip the road and stop.

Wow that was close?

I must have done this a few times myself. Unfortunately, for some drivers they dont stop. Often resulting in a minor pile up. I am convinced that my winter tyres have saved me on numerous occasions.

Consequently, I always keep my winter tyres on all year round. As a result they give me security . Also sometimes I have to deliver on dirt roads and farm tracks. These tyres are ideally suited for this purpose.

To finalise, I would recommend that van driver at least use all-weather tyres all the year round. I do admit that the mileage is less but the safety advantages make up for this.

Find out how Michelin Alpine  winter tyres perform next to all-weather tyres in a Ford Focus in standard wet conditions. Do winter tyres compromise performance if used in temperatures above seven degrees?

Eric Roberts

Michelin want Bigger tyres-Low-profile future for single-seaters

Michelin want Bigger tyres

Michelin’s Serge Grisin explains why race tyre makers want bigger wheels

Michelin want bigger tyres on race cars

In their bid for a better relationship between race cars and the regular passenger car users.

This will improve tyre development and many of the racing world’s premiere single-seater championship events are heading for an  increase in wheel diameters in a bid by Michelin to make the tyres used for racing more relevant to the everyday road cars.

At the moment, the top racing championships such as F1, GP2 and Formula Renault all operate their cars on 13-inch wheels, but tyre suppliers especially Michelin believe that using 17 or 18-inch wheels will help their technology transition more effectively into every day road tyres.

The relatively new world of the  electric racing car championship, Formula E, has become the pace setters, by using different tyres to the rest of the racing world.

Michelin’s Formula E project manager. Serge Grisin says..”From the very start the idea was to have maximum links between our cars and the street tyres of the future,‘So what we learn in racing is much easier to transfer to a street tyre because of the championship’s similarities”.

I believe that the tyre companies will get their own way and why not? they are the ones who are having to speed up the transition to more greener and environmental tyre products. The motorsport scene accelerates the research and development that is required to improve tyre technology.

The bottom line is that Michelin want Bigger tyres and to give the F1 teams more choices as to which tyre compounds to use and have more changes of tyres during a race and practice session. I am not sure whether Pirelli, who are the present suppliers of tyres, agree with this, but i do not think that they will give up the franchise so easily.

Eric Roberts

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Michelin Race Expertise- joint venture with Nissan DeltaWing The Tyres

 

This film shows how French tyre manufacturer, Michelin Race Expertise, created bespoke tyres almost as radical as the Nissan DeltaWing itself for the innovative project. To see …

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Michelin Race Expertise
Michelin race tyres are not just good but they are also good looking with the Michelin logo built into the side wall.

This is a good and informative video about the cooperation between Michelin and Nissan to develop a new tyre for the Nissan Delta Wing race car in preparation for the Le Mans race series in France.

One of the things that I was surprised at was the super lightweight tyres that Michelin Race Expertise  developed, and the front tyres only having a width of 4 inch?wow.

if any tyre company can develop a new tyre then it would certainly be Michelin tyres. If they don’t have the expertise, then nobody does. Michelin have been involved in the motorsport scene aver since tyres began and in my opinion they are gearing themselves up to become dominant players in the top flight of motorsport racing throughout the world.

Michelin Race Expertise will be used to help them win the F1 race series tyre supplier, but not without a fight from Pirelli tyres, I assume?

Another recent article of mine shows how Michelin tyres are also going to bid for the prestigious Australian V8 Super championships. Once again it will be the  Michelin Race Expertise that will probably help then succeed in being the tyre supplier their in place of Dunlop tyre, who are suppliers until 2017.

Michelin tyres of course support the famous Le Mans motorsport events through all car classes including their links with Porsche motorsport. Michelin race expertise was the reason that car producers wanted Michelin to develop a new tyre for luxury car makers such as Porsche.

Eric Roberts

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Michelin Longer lasting tyres- not a perfect solution for F1, says Romain Grosjean F1 driver

Michelin Longer lasting tyres

Frenchman does not think Michelin’s proposed 18-inch tyres will lead to more overtaking, saying he preferred quick-degrading Pirelli tyres of 2012 and 2013.

F1 racing driver Romain Grosjean, is one of the racing drivers who don’t think that the new Proposal for the  Michelin longer Lasting tyres, are a good idea.

He prefers the opposite?

The tyres that were used in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Pirelli had some compound problems. But were the best years according to his point of view.

Michelin longer Lasting tyres. Hence, would also include a change of tyre size going up to 18 inch tyres. This would give the tyre a bigger rolling radius. This I presume would make the Michelin longer Lasting tyres. Of course, work better on race days. Without the need to change tyres, or to have to change the tyres at lesser intervals.

The tyres that Michelin use in Formula E racing are taller and narrower. This is also the general trend for tyres used on everyday passenger cars.

As  i have said this goes towards a greener tyre, because of the increased rolling resistance. The car goes further with a turn of the wheel. This combined with greener materials used in the tread compounds, such as silica, makes for a more ECO friendly tyre product.

One thing can be said and it is that the F1 tyre scene certainly keeps the interest in tyres flowing. A few years ago tyres were hardly mentioned, but such is the interest today, that tyres are a daily story, one way or another.

In my opinion the general public now know more about tyre compounds and tread patterns than they ever did. I think that is one of the reasons that our customers in Halifax now switch to winter tyres and are more tyre conscious now than they ever were.

The internet also plays a huge part in putting across tyre development stories, including the for ever venture of producing more environmentally friendly tyres.

Eric Roberts

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Michelin Tyres Plc fears over proposed energy cost rises – BBC News

Michelin Tyres Plc

A major employer in Northern Ireland says its business is threatened by proposed rises in energy costs to fund grants for onshore wind farms.

This is exactly the news that the people in Northern Ireland,or any other part of the UK want to hear?

Michelin Tyres Plc, who are based in Ballymena, County Antrim, are concerned about the financial impact the subsidies that they may have to pay for wind turbines,are having on its energy bills.

This is exactly the opposite as to what the UK government should be thinking about. They are trying to place increasing burdens on UK businesses in the form of green taxes .

Even small businesses have to pay taxes on their fuel bills, which are supposed to go towards paying for greener energy in the future, but i doubt this very much.

it is the same scenario as the car taxes that we pay?They were supposed to go into road building and improvements, but we all know that they do not.

My warning to the legislators is to take notice of what these large employers are saying?

Michelin tyres plc will not think twice about pulling out of northern Ireland, i believe that they received massive subsidies, to move there in the first place.

Anything that affects the Michelin tyres prices, will give them an excuse to move to a cheaper tyre producing country.

So think twice Northern Ireland?

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Michelin Formula One Bid-set to return in F1 starting 2017? What will Michelin do with BlackCircles?

Michelin Formula One Bid

Michelin F1 Bid

Michelin put forward their bid to be the sole tyre supply starting 2017. Read more about it

 

Michelin Formula One Bid looks to be on the cards

Pascal Couasnon. Has hinted on many occasions about the Michelin F1 bid. For this reason, their interest in making a bid. Hence, for the coveted supplier of tyres to the F1 racing series.

He does however. Want to make changes to the tyre sizes. Also to the way that the tyres are selected by the various F1 teams. it is very strongly rumoured. That the giant French tyre makers. Michelin have been testing F1 type tyres. Consequently, in the Le Mans race series. Thus, an event that comes very close to F1. The Le Mans series operate with similar cars and speeds, making it easy to test similar tyres with real-time racing conditions.

A Michelin F1 bid does look likely to be on the cards. Michelin race tyres are fitted to practically all other types of motorsport vehicles, but not at the moment F1, who are supplied by the Pirelli tyre company. Pirelli do seam to be fully committed and after a bumpy start with differing compound problems, appear to have come up with the correct formula.

In my opinion Pirelli will not want to give this prestigious position up. I believe that the Michelin F1 bid will have a battle on their hands when the competition for tyre supplier begins.

Michelin Formula One Bid;What will Michelin do with BlackCircles?

We at Pellon Tyres here in Halifax are at the moment a BlackCircles fitting station. We will shortly be reviewing the situation? The first point is that we are not getting the correct fitting charge for some of the vehicles that we are now getting in for their tyres fitting. To do a good and proper job we have to spend too much time for the fee that we are now getting, this is putting strain on our own customers, who are having to wait longer.

Also we believe that Michelin will be diverting the fitting jobs to ATS, their own retail tyre network. This would be a perfect and natural thing for them to do, but i feel that it would be time for the independent retailers to pull out, before they remove the plug and perhaps leave gaps in your business plan. These are just my own opinions but i feel that we should react on them.

Eric Roberts

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Tyre Industry Responsible for Poor Tyre Knowledge-Tread Reader on Twitter

Tyre Industry Responsible

tyre industry

Michelin survey: 36% of respondents unsure of legal min. tread depth; 62% don’t know the penalty for illegal tyres. pic.twitter.com/FceWAbI36i

This Tyre Industry Responsible survey does not surprise me at all?

Tyre are the last thing on most drivers minds, as drivers are still under financial pressures and the young drivers would rather buy expensive clothes or spend their money on a good night out.

Sometimes I think that we in the tyre industry moan too much about what the customer knows and should know?
I think that is a good idea to carry out tyre research and we all have to thank Michelin in this instance, but are the results really so surprising?
Many of us in the trade (and that includes me).  Are to blame for this. Over the years. We have constantly launched tyres at the public.Hence, most of the motorists today just see tyres as a consumer product, that they buy, when they are told that they need one.
Many people that read my blogs are in the tyre retail industry and this means that we can all relate to the same or similar problems. For some reason the tyre industry have failed to educate the public, in the safety aspect of their tyre products.
Each manufacturer brings out a new tyre and promotes it the same as skin cream or perfume, but never really explains exactly what a tyre is all about. Take a recent innovation, run-flat tyres. As far as I know they were just brought out and fitted to cars as original equipment. Nothing was explained what the tyre safety features were?

Tyre Industry Responsible

I remember the days when “features and benefits” were a buzz word in the tyre industry, but now it is more about market share. Would it have hurt the industry to put out information facts, in the press or on TV, even such programmes as “Top Gear”, could have done a piece about run-flat tyres. “New type of safety tyre will be coming out and be made by most of tyre manufacturers, will be arriving on some models of new cars”. Things like this would have educated the public as to why these tyres were very expensive.
We as tyre retailers, have all this to put up with?
To be truthful, we don’t really mind. Consequently, I do think that the tyre industry. Particularly, the manufacturers. Hence, should play a bigger part in helping to educate the motorists. Into what tyres are really about. Therefore, how they should be looked after more carefully. I am thinking about tyre pressures and how to check their tread depth.

tyre industry
Bald tyres like these that were changed on a very nice BMW really make me angry, but are now commonplace

We here at Pellon Tyres experience these problems on a daily occurrence.

Drivers have very busy lives and should be made more aware. Thus, of the importance of their tyres. Cars are getting bigger? I am thinking about SUV’s here, more and more young drivers including many ladies are now drivers.
Should we be targeting this age group and gender group, who are the drivers of the future?

Tyre Industry Responsible

It does concern me about the number of our customers who do not even know their tyre size. But worse of all the large number of tyres that we are removing that are worn down to the steel cords.
I do appreciate that we have now got Tyresafe working on this problem, but the tyre manufacturers are leaving all the hard work to the tyre retailers and most of them have staff that are not trained and in some cases know practically nothing about tyres, except how to fit them?
But that’s another story.
Eric Roberts

www.pellonautocentre.com/blog

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Michelin Porsche-A look at Michelin Involvement in Motorsport- Motorsport on Twitter

Michelin Porsche
Michelin on Porsche

17.17: pit stop car 19 after 36 laps in position 4. @NickTandyR in. Fuel and @michelin_sport tires @24hoursoflemans pic.twitter.com/O0iI5oJG19

Michelin  Porsche in Le Mans Race

As a result, I just scooped this because of the great image. Hence, of the Michelin Porsche race tyres. So, that were fitted to the eventual winners car.

Michelin have always manufactured great tyre products. Consequently, they are expected to make a bid for the F1 tyre contract. Of course, along side Pirelli. Currently supply F1 with race tyres.

This years Le mans 24 hour race was won by  Michelin Porsche tyres . They crossed the line with a car driven by German Formula One driver Nico Hulkenberg on the final stages.

Our own British race driver Nick Tandy and the New Zealander Earl Bamber joined him as the other winning drivers. Audi R18 e-tron quattro finished in second and third, respectively.

The winning car was fitted with the famous Michelin race tyres.

"Barely 15 months after its return to world class 
endurance racing, Porsche Team has returned to its former winning ways 
at Le Mans. Nico Hülkenberg (DE), Earl Bamber (NZ) and Nick Tandy (GB) 
steered their N°19 Michelin-equipped 919 Hybrid to an emphatic victory, 
while the N°17 sister car made it a one-two success for the German make.
 The result breaks Audi’s recent sequence of five wins but the 
Ingolstadt firm was part of the podium celebrations thanks to third 
place. There were class wins for Corvette/Michelin (LM GTE Pro), 
Ferrari/Michelin (Am) and KCMG (LM P2)".
  Courtesy of Michelin Motorsport... http://www.michelinmotorsport.com/ 

Michelin Porsche

Michelin tyres have made massive inroads into all kinds of motorsport in recent years. This includes motorcycle racing and everything else barring formula 1. There are rumours that Michelin may even be considering a move into making a bid for Formula 1 tyre franchise. This came after a statement from one of the top Michelin motorsport guys. He said though that changes would have to be made to the tyre compounds and the teams would have the freedom to choose their own tyres depending of the conditions of the particular circuit, before a bid could be made?

Eric Roberts

Michelin Earthmover Tyres and Giant Truck Tyres keep the Mining Industry on the Move- on Twitter

Michelin Earthmover Tyres

michelin earthmover tyres

When we said we also made BIG tyres, we should have said REALLY BIG! #TyreTuesday #Michelin pic.twitter.com/LRHIIDL2VY

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Love looking at giant tyres like the one in the picture. I spent a period of my life fitting Michelin Earthmover tyres like these and loved the job.

We were based in Leeds here in Yorkshire UK and used to travel all over the country fitting and repairing these monsters.

There is no doubt that my 5 years spent in the world of these Michelin Earthmover tyres, were fantastic and also very informative. You could actually see how a tyre was really made, because of the huge size. We also remoulded and repaired these tyres at our factory and tyre repair shop here in Leeds Yorkshire. This all added to the experience that I gained in those five years.

We were all part of keeping Britain’s mining and road construction

michelin earthmover tyres
Removing a giant tyre using heavy duty equipment, was part of the thrill.

industries alive.

When one of these Michelin Earthmover tyres had any problems,

then we had to be there to put things right and keep these giant dump trucks rolling.

Every thing was on a massive scale to cope with these giants. The tyres were fitted onto the machines using large trucks with heavy lifting gear. We would sometimes have to break the beads with wooden wedges and brute force. This kept us all in trim and i still think that this was the fittest i have ever been in my life?

We also did other tyre makes at that time. The other big tyre company to be involved in Earthmover tyres was Goodyear. Goodyear had a very high level of experience with these giant tyres. Open cast mining was a on a huge scale in America giving the Goodyear Earthmover division much experience.

There is no doubt that all the experience that I gained was to help with my lifelong career in the tyre industry and using earthmover equipment has given me much experiences to right about, including this one.

Eric Roberts

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