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Bibendum and friend morris dancing, a traditional English dance

An aerial photo of Stoke factory taken in 1929 with extensive facilities and room for expansion. It also shows the railway sidings1925 - 1934 British production starts at Stoke-on-Trent

To combat high import taxes on cars and components, Michelin decided to open a factory in the UK to supply domestic car makers and many outlets and customers in the UK & Ireland. The search for suitable locations ranged far and wide with Stoke-on-Trent being chosen early in 1926. Work on the new factory took about 100 weeks to complete and boasted a branch line from the nearby main Manchester to London railway line. The first Stoke made tyre was produced in November 1927


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