This company, one of the world's most well known tire manufacturers, was first created in 1832 by Nicolas Edouard Daubree and his cousin. Initially, the company manufactured two agricultural pieces of equipment, starting in 1840, but then as a result of the creation of permanent rubber by Charles Goodyear in 1839, the company began to move into the manufacture of a range of other products including drive belts, seals and conveyors. When the two founders passed away, the two brothers Andre and Edouard Michelin took over the company and renamed it "Michelin" in 1889. In 1891 they expanded operations to include air-filled bicycle tires and in 1895 broke new ground by introducing similar air-filled rubber tires for cars. The concept of the tire man was an inspiration of Edourd when he saw a pile of stacked tires which looked like the shape of a human. In line with the changes in the industry where tires have changed and evolved over time, so too are the tires of varying sizes on the tire man. Initially the tire man consisted of 11 elements, but now he only exists in four elements and is widely used on posters, television commercials and signage.