Vredestein’s rich heritage

Vredestein’s rich heritage

Vredestein is proud to be among the oldest tire 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 tires.


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

Vredestein is proud to be among the oldest tire 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 tire.


Vredestein manufactures its first passenger car tire.


Bicycle tire factory established in Doetinchem.


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


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


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


Merger with N.V. Rubberfabrieken Havea Raalte.


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


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


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


Vredestein introduces the first reflective bicycle tire.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Vredestein starts a partnership with Italian designer Giugiaro.


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


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


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


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


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


Introduction of the Wintrac xtreme, the first high-performance winter tire 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 tire for passenger cars, the Ultrac Sessanta.


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


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


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


Vredestein is acquired by global tire manufacturer Apollo Tyres Ltd.


Expansion of production capacity for agricultural tires. The reason is the rapidly growing demand for Vredestein agricultural tires 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 tire 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 tire 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 tires for harvesters.


Introduction of new agro-industrial tires 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 tires for classic cars

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


Impressive portfolio

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



As a manufacturer of premium tires 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 tires 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.