Michelin Supplier of the YearGREENVILLE, S.C. ‒ Michelin has earned multiple prestigious recognitions from Deere & Company for its products and support that the tire maker’s operating units have delivered globally across various John Deere equipment segments.

The Michelin Group’s agricultural and earthmover operating units were named “Supplier of the Year” as well as a partner-level supplier for 2014. Partner-level supplier is Deere’s highest rating for suppliers under its ongoing “Achieving Excellence” initiative.

Under Deere’s Achieving Excellence program, participating suppliers are evaluated annually in key performance categories such as quality, cost management, delivery, technical support and “wavelength,” which measures responsiveness. Deere created the program in 1991 to provide suppliers with evaluations and feedback that promote continuous improvement.

Additionally, Michelin Tweel Technologies received the John Deere “Innovation of the Year 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. John Deere created the supplier innovation awards in 2010 to promote innovation in the company’s supply base and recognize suppliers that think creatively. 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 tire.

 

Photo: Pierre Guyot, Mathieu Huet, Emmanuel Ladent and Glen Swabb of Michelin receive John Deere awards.