Tour locations and descriptions
Design a tire. It’s round. It’s black. It has a hole in the middle. Sound like a boring design assignment?
There are 184 tire companies producing thousands of different tires a year in hundreds of different sizes and tread patterns. This product has to perform on vehicles from Alfa to Zagato, in countries from America to Zanzibar. It has to perform in wet, dry, snow, sand, on rocks, racetracks and farms. It is essential to the space shuttle’s success. It is the only point of contact between the driver and the road on everything from tricycles to Earthmovers. It has to respond to inputs from both experts and novices. Its failure can be catastrophic. To the Michelin Design Group, consistently creating unique products in this intense arena is the ultimate design challenge – the purest blend of form and function.
Our guest will have the privilege of exploring one of downtown Greenville's hottest new attractions "Michelin on Main". This unique retail experience features Michelin-inspired products along with multimedia presentations and unique displays. We will conclude with a presentation of how the Michelin Industrial Design team implements the design process into the products that we manufacture.
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Concept Center International (CCi) is the industrial design team of Techtronic Industries a global leader in home improvement products. CCi is responsible for the development of Ryobi, Ridgid,Craftsman and Homelite products. Our tools kick butt and we are passionate about our work. The tour of the Anderson, SC design center will take the group through case studies (sorry-no powerpoints ) of real products that showcase the impact of industrial design. CCi will offer a glimpse into our sweet studio space, as well as an overview of our prototyping lab. Come join us for a fun tour.
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Electrolux is a global leader in home appliances, selling more than 40 million products to customers in more than 150 markets every year. The company focuses on innovations that are thoughtfully designed, based on extensive consumer insight, to meet the real needs of consumers and professionals.
The Electrolux Industrial Design Center, in Anderson SC, is one of 6 design centers located across the globe. Our product design segments include, Refrigeration, Cooking, Dish Washers, and Fabric Care. We provide Industrial design, Graphic Design, User Interface Design, and guidance in color and trends specifically for the North American Market.
Our design studio is located within the North American Cold Technology Center alongside the North American Refrigerator Manufacturing facility.
Our tour will consist of a brief meet and safety brief in the factory lobby, a tour of the ID office and Design Shop, then a short Power Point presentation of Electrolux and our Global design Method. The tour would then conclude with the factory tour and a short question answer session.
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After tour social
We will conclude our day of tours with a social at one of Greenville's night time hot spots. The event is open to all students and professionals and a great chance to network with fellow designers on a more personal level. Smiley's Acoustic Café has great food and drinks and presents a wide range of artists from Grammy winners to local favorites. We love rock ‘n’ roll, the blues, Celtic, reggae, folk, bluegrass, jazz, alternative, country, and jam!
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Schedule of Events
11:30-12:00 meet and greet at Michelin
(light snacks and drinks will be provided)
Tour begins at Michelin
505 Michelin Rd. Greenville, SC 29605
Bus leaves at 1:25 for CCi
Tour begins at CCi
1428 Pearman Dairy Rd
Anderson, SC 29625
Bus leaves at 3:40 for Electrolux
Tour begins at Electrolux
101 Masters Blvd.
Anderson, SC 29626
5:25 bus departs for Greenville
6:15 arrive back at Michelin parking lot
Group tour of Michelin on Main
Social at Smiley’s starts at 6:30 and runs until
Important Other Notes
This tour is intended for students studying industrial design. The social is open to anyone in our design community including professionals and their spouses.
Registration is limited. Participants must register by October 15th. The $15 payment is due at time of registration.
No meals will be provided. Plan to pack a lunch or eat before arrival.
A charter bus will provide transportation between tours at no extra cost.
Safety regulations on all factory tours require that closed toes shoes must be worn.