Michelin dedicates Clemson research lab to Edouard Michelin

May 23, 2007

Michelin North America Inc. is naming an endowed research laboratory at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) in Edouard Michelin's honor.

Plans for the Edouard Michelin Research Laboratory are well under way with completion expected this fall.

Edouard Michelin was Michelin's CEO when he died in a fishing boat accident off the French coast on May 26, 2006. He was 42.

“Mr. Michelin strongly believed that education and technology could make the world a better place,” said Jim Micali, chairman and president of Michelin North America Inc.

“His vision remains a guiding force at Michelin today and is evident in the innovations and advancements that Michelin products deliver to the driving public every day. It is only natural that we establish this research laboratory in memory of Mr. Michelin to honor his passion for innovation and his commitment to excellence.”

The Edouard Michelin Research Laboratory is a complement to the Michelin Endowed Chair in Vehicular Electronic Systems Integration at CU-ICAR.

The Michelin Chair was endowed by Michelin in 2005 and is currently held by Dr. Todd H. Hubing, who joined CU-ICAR last fall. Dr. Hubing will direct work at the laboratory.