MICHELIN EARNS ‘PARTNER-LEVEL’ SUPPLIER STATUS FROM JOHN DEERE

Stoke-on-Trent – March 11, 2015

The Michelin Group’s Agricultural and Earthmover divisions have been named a ‘Supplier of the Year’ as well as a Partner-level supplier in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Programme. The Partner-level status is John Deere’s highest supplier rating.

Suppliers which participate in the Achieving Excellence Programme are evaluated annually in key performance categories, including quality, cost management, delivery, technical support and ‘wavelength,’ which is various measures of responsiveness. John Deere Supply Management created the programme in 1991 to provide suppliers with evaluations and feedback that promote continuous improvement.

Additionally, Michelin Tweel Technologies received a John Deere supplier innovation award for the MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® TURF™. The award is presented to a select group of suppliers that have demonstrated innovation in a product or service they provide to John Deere. Award selections are based on four factors: creativity, feasibility, collaboration and bottom-line impact.

In 2014, Michelin announced an exclusive partnership with John Deere to equip its ZTRAK™ 900 series line-up of zero-turn commercial mowers with the ground-breaking MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® TURF™ as original equipment to replace a standard 24x12x12 tyre.

Emmanuel Ladent, Group Director of Michelin’s Agriculture tyre division, accepted the Supplier of the Year award on Michelin Group’s behalf during a ceremony hosted by John Deere in Bettendorf, Iowa.

“Our business teams have worked very hard indeed to establish a spirit of mutual partnership with our associates at John Deere, which has resulted in a strong and growing relationship between our companies,” said Emmanuel Ladent.

Michelin delivers products to multiple John Deere manufacturing sites globally: Davenport, Iowa; Thibodaux, Louisiana; Waterloo, Iowa; East Moline, Ill.; Des Moines, Iowa; Augusta, Ga.; Fuquay-Varina, N.C.; Valley City, N.D.; Dubuque, Iowa; Horst, The Netherlands; Manheim, Germany; Indaiatuba, Brazil; and Zweibrucken, Germany.

For more information about the range of Michelin farm tyres available visit www.michelin-agricultural-tyres.co.uk .

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Michelin , the leading tyre company, is dedicated to sustainably improving the mobility of goods and people by manufacturing and marketing tyres for every type of vehicle, including aircraft, automobiles, bicycles/motorcycles, earthmovers, farm equipment and trucks. It also offers electronic mobility support services on ViaMichelin.com and publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is present in more than 170 countries, has 111,200 employees and operates 67 production plants in 17 different countries. The Group has a Technology Centre in charge of research and development with operations in Europe, North America and Asia. (www.michelin.com)

For further press information please contact:

David Johnson, Michelin Press Office
Tel: + 44 (0) 1782 402341      Email: d.johnson@uk.michelin.com

James Keeler or Beth Laws, Garnett Keeler PR, Inver House, 37-39 Pound Street,
Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 3PG
Tel: +44 (0)20 8647 4467   Fax: +44 (0)20 8544 4711   E-mail:
james.keeler@garnettkeeler.com or beth.laws@garnettkeeler.com

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Michelin, the leading tyre company, is dedicated to sustainably improving the mobility of goods and people by manufacturing, distributing and marketing tyres for every type of vehicle. It also offers innovative business support services, digital mobility services and publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is present in 170 countries, has 112,300 employees and operates 68 production plants in 17 countries. The Group also has a Technology Centre, responsible for research and development, with operations in Europe, North America and Asia. (www.michelin.com)