Michelin tires are the principle product of Compagnie Générale des Établissements Michelin, a French tire manufacturer founded in 1888 and is today one of the world's leading tire companies with some 127,000 employees world wide.
The company is recognized as being the first producer of the radial tire, introduced in 1946, and today is used worldwide.
Michelin bought the tire and rubber manufacturing divisions of the B.F. Goodrich Company in 1988 and two years later, in 1990, bought Uniroyal Inc.
The company's trademark is one of the world's oldest. It was first used in 1898. Created by French artist O'Galop, The Michelin Man, or "Bibendum" was a caricature of Édouard Michelin, brother of André Michelin, the company's founder. Today, it is one of the world's most recognized trademarks.
The plump tire-man has entered the language to describe the appearance of someone obese or wearing comically bulky clothing: "How can I wear warm clothing without looking like the Michelin Man?". In Spain, "michelín" often refers to the "spare tire" or extra bulk around a person's waist.
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