LADOUX, France (Dec. 16, 2013) — Group Michelin officials today are laying the cornerstone at the firm's Ladoux research campus for a multi-story building that will be the anchor of the firm's $370 million, six-year renovation/upgrade of its R&D facilities in France.
Michelin's R&D campus upgrade hits stride
The new campus is being engineered with low energy consumption and to provide an opetimal working environment for engineers and technicians.
Other features include a media room with 250 seats, an area dedicated to scientific and technical communication, an exhibition hall, a canteen, sports facilities, a bakery, many concierge services and a 1,040-foot long atrium—called “Innovation street”—that will be built over two of the complex's test tracks.
When completed the site will accommodate 3,300 of Michelin's R&D staff in France, representing more than 350 trade disciplines in connection with research teams spread across other continents.
The R&D campus upgrade, codenamed “Urbalad,” started in 2011 with the razing of much of the center's existing structures to make way for the RDI.
The Ladoux complex, near Michelin's corporate headquarters in Clermont-Ferrand, covers 1,100 acres and has 19 test track layouts covering 25 miles in length.
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