Vredestein’s rich heritage

Vredestein’s rich heritage

Vredestein is proud to be among the oldest tyre manufacturers in the world today with a history dating back more than 100 years.

Innovation is seeing ahead


Rubber has been in our blood since the beginning of the 20th century and, like innovation, is a building block of our DNA. This has made us what we are today: a leading European manufacturer of first-class tyres.


Over a century of premium performance: Vredestein’s rich heritage

Vredestein is proud to be among the oldest tyre manufacturers in the world today with a history dating back more than 100 years.



Emile Louis Constant Schiff acquires the Guttapercha Company in Delft (the Netherlands).


The company moves to Loosduinen and changes its name to N.V. Rubberfabriek Vredestein.


Vredestein manufactures its first bicycle tyre.


Vredestein manufactures its first passenger car tyre.


Bicycle tyre factory established in Doetinchem.


N.V. Nederlandsch-Amerikaansche car tyre factory Vredestein is established in Enschede together with B. F. Goodrich.


Vredestein markets the Profilux, the first passenger car tyre to be designed in-house.


Vredestein is one of the first manufacturers in Europe to produce tubeless tyres: the Profilux tubeless.


Merger with N.V. Rubberfabrieken Havea Raalte.


Introduction of the first Vredestein winter tyre for passenger cars, the M&S 187.


Vredestein presents its own textile-belted radial tyre for passenger cars, the Sprint.


The Sprint Steel, the first steel-belted radial tyre, is brought to the market.


Vredestein introduces the first reflective bicycle tyre.


Introduction of Space Master, a unique foldable spare tyre concept for passenger cars.


Introduction of the Vredestein Snow+: this winter tyre for passenger cars quickly gains an excellent reputation and is the foundation of Vredestein’s position as a leading winter tyre brand.


Introduction of Quatrac, Vredestein’s first all-season tyre for passenger cars.


Introduction of the race tyre Vredestein Fortezza on which Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel immediately wins the world cycling championship.


Introduction of the Snowtrac, the first winter tyre with high silica technology.


Vredestein introduces the Wintrac, a winter tyre for passenger cars that is suitable for high speeds.


Introduction of the Traxion/Traxion+, the first 65-70 series tractor tyres.


Vredestein starts a partnership with Italian designer Giugiaro.


Introduction of the Flotation Pro, the first radial implement tyre.


Introduction of the Sportrac, the first tyre in the world designed by Italian automotive designer Giugiaro.


Vredestein presents the Sprint Classic, a tyre for classic cars.


Olympic gold medal in road bicycle (time trial) for Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel on Fortezza Pro TriComp tyres.


Introduction of the first Vredestein car tyre with speed index Y for speeds above 270 km/h.


Introduction of the Wintrac xtreme, the first high-performance winter tyre with the speed index W. Vredestein is the first brand in the world to introduce this type of product.


Vredestein presents a unique ultra-high performance tyre for passenger cars, the Ultrac Sessanta.


Major successes in the Tour de France by Cadel Evans and Robbie McEwen using Vredestein Fortezza tyres.


Jakob Fuglsang becomes world mountain biking champion on Vredestein Black Panther tyres.


The Quatrac 3 is the first all-season tyre with RunFlat technology. Vredestein is the first brand in the world to introduce this type of product.


Vredestein is acquired by global tyre manufacturer Apollo Tyres Ltd.


Expansion of production capacity for agricultural tyres. The reason is the rapidly growing demand for Vredestein agricultural tyres from the OE and aftermarket.


‘Air Master by Vredestein’ – Vredestein develops a unique expandable front spoiler for premium sports cars together with a renowned German car manufacturer. Vredestein is the first brand in the world to introduce this type of product.


Introduction of the first harvester tyre with Vredestein F+ technology (IF), the Traxion Cereall.


The Wintrac xtreme S with speed index Y for speeds up to 300 km/h is introduced.


Introduction of the Quatrac 5, the first all-season tyre with the speed index Y. Vredestein is the first brand in the world to introduce this type of product.


The Enschede plant is upgraded with a new tandem mixer.


Vredestein introduces the Traxion Harvest, a new line of tyres for harvesters.


Introduction of new agro-industrial tyres for telescopic loaders and agro-industrial applications, the Traxion Versa and Endurion.


Vredestein Traxion+ and TraxionXXL are approved by German research institute DLG after extensive testing.


‘Air Master by Vredestein’ receives international recognition in the form of a prestigious DKG Product Award during the International Rubber Conference.


Opening of R&D Centre dedicated to OEMs in Frankfurt and tripling of the R&D investment.


Opening of a new production plant in Hungary.


Unique position in tyres for classic cars

Modern technology and classic design are key features of the tyres Vredestein has developed for the growing vintage car market. Thanks to the Vredestein Classic programme, we occupy a unique position in this segment. Our tyre selector means the right tyre can be quickly found for any vintage car or modern classic.


Impressive portfolio

Having started out with bicycle tyres, our portfolio has expanded tremendously over the years with an impressive range of premium tyres for passenger cars as well as the agricultural and industrial sectors.



As a manufacturer of premium tyres at the heart of Europe, we are uniquely placed to understand exactly what the market requires. Innovation has always been a key concept for us as our international R&D Centre in Enschede develops and tests tyres which regularly win international tests.



All the foundations have been laid for future growth. We have applied the very latest production techniques at our factory in Enschede, deployed closer partnerships with carmakers, opened a new office in Frankfurt and expanded our production capacity in Hungary. By operating from strategic positions close to our partners in Europe, we aim to anticipate the needs of the automotive market even better in the coming years.