Michelin starts building new research and development center at the Ladoux site in France
This important modernization program for Michelin’s global research and development center has thus entered a decisive phase, with the launch of construction of a new building called Campus RDI (Research, Development and Process Engineering), which will be the largest building in France’s Auvergne region and over the long run will be staffed by some 1,600 people. While the construction will last until 2018, the first part of the building will be delivered in late 2015, when 600 people are scheduled to begin working there. The second part will be completed in late 2018 and 1,000 additional people will join the staff.
The architecture of the new campus has been designed to promote fast and flexible work methods. A total of 80 300-square-meter platforms that can be adjusted to needs will enable teams of around 20 individuals to work together using a transversal, multidisciplinary approach.
Once the work is completed, Michelin’s global research center will have been entirely modernized. It will house the 3,300 people that make up Michelin’s R&D teams in France – representing more than 350 job categories – and who will be in liaison with other research teams around the world. With a total cost of €270 million, the project constitutes a major step forward in the deployment of the Group’s global innovation strategy and will be a powerful driver of innovation – and thus success – for the future.