125 years of improving mobility

It takes deep knowledge of tires and leading tire technologies to combine conflicting performance characteristics successfully: our know-how works to your advantage.

They just kept getting better

By focusing on finding new solutions for your driving needs, our technologies and innovations have profoundly shaped past and present tires. Today, we continue our commitment to imagine the future of mobility.



R&D is in our DNA

Our first scientist was hired in 1893. The impact was so great that from that point, we knew that Research and Development would be key to the evolution of the modern tire.
Today, 6,000 R&D people strive to anticipate and meet your changing mobility needs through research in chemistry, physics, mechanics and other realms to develop new technologies and constantly test prototypes. Our hubs are located on three continents and in seven countries: China, Japan, Thailand, India, France, Brazil and the United States.

Our commitment in a few numbers:

different fields of expertise involved
(collaborative thinking sparks innovative ideas)

active patents that protect
our innovations

patents submitted in 2015 and 2016

tests conducted with vehicles every year

A lab on the track, a lab on fast forward

Motorsports is driving’s toughest innovation lab, and we’ve been experimenting in it for over a century.

The pressure is high.
For each race, we need to deliver performance characteristics adapted to each racing partner and for different racing conditions.
Afterwards, we examine how our findings could benefit more people.
So you can be sure that if it can handle the racetrack, it will handle your drive.

Our Le Mans Lab:

  • Began 90 years ago

  • 23 Wins of the 24 hours of Le Mans

  • 17 consecutive wins

Our World Rally Lab:

  • 40
    years of experience

  • 21
    World Rally
    Championships driver

  • 23
    World Rally Championships car
    Manufacturer titles

Our Formula E Lab:

Starting in 2014, the new Formula E for electric cars will challenge us in developing top-level racing tires for this new breed of cars.