Michelin (www.michelin.com)

Michelin is a tire manufacturer based in Clermont-Ferrand in the Auvergneregion of France. It is one of the three largest tire manufacturers in the world. In addition to the Michelin brand, it also owns the BFGoodrich, Kleber, Tigar, Riken, Kormoran and Uniroyal (in North America) tire brands. The number of employees working in the group has risen from 111,290 in 2013 to 112.306 in 2014. Temporary contract workers only represent 4% of Group employees.

Michelin is also notable for its Red and Green travel guides, its roadmaps, the Michelin stars that the Red Guide awards to restaurants for their cooking, and for its company mascot Bibendum, colloquially known as the Michelin Man.

Michelin's numerous inventions include the removable tire, the pneurail (a tire for trains made to run on rails) and the radial tire.