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Metzeler

In its 130 year history Metzeler has always satisfied market demands with innovation. Metzeler has always been an industry leader, setting trends that others are still trying to achieve. Here are the milestones in the company's long history:

1863
Robert Friedrich Metzeler opened a commercial firm selling rubber and elastic goods in Munich, Germany. Some of Metzeler's early products included technical and surgical articles, sports equipment, toys and weatherproof clothing.

1871
Metzeler established their first factory for rubber products in Schwanthalerstrasse. By 1887 the factory's capacity was unable to satisfy demand, so a new factory was built. Thanks to new procedures the India rubber processing was revolutionized, it then was granted the patent for this process.

1890
Metzeler became leaders in the growing aviation industry, developing a multilevel rubber manufacturing method for linen and cotton fabric. This product was used for balloon, airship and aircraft construction.

1892
Metzeler played an important role in tyre development for the bicycle, motorcycle and motor-car industry.

1933
Metzeler set an impressive achievement in tyre manufacturing by making the first useful tyre using the new synthetic rubber 'buna'.

1937
Set the high-speed world record for motorcycles at 279.5 km/h

1945
The factory was completely destroyed during the war. Reconstruction began immediately and in the following years, apart from traditional tyre manufacturing, other activities were developed in the technical rubber segment and for the leisure market.

1974
First low profile tyre in the 80 and 90 series of products.

1978
Developed the first tubeless tyre in Europe.

1978/79
Metzeler changed its company focus due to economic reasons, and started producing only motorcycle tyres. The Munich manufacturing plant was closed and all of the production was moved into the second Breuberg factory in Odenwald.

1982
Metzeler developed the first tread pattern with crosswise oriented grooves, instead of the usual lengthwise - the ME 33 Laser.

1983
Metzeler introduces the first cross ply tyre with a kevlar belt for mass production. This leads to the introduction of the "MBS" - Metzeler Belt System.

1986
Since the 1st January 1986, Metzeler had been a member of the Pirelli Group. A restructuring period of the existing different branches into independent companies took place, and in 1989, Pirelli founded Metzeler Reifen GmbH. In the same year Metzeler introduction of the arrow parabolic tyre to the rear wheel - the ME 1.

1987
Metzeler launches the first Silica-tread compound for motorcycle tyres, called "CompK".

1992
Metzeler introduces the worldwide first 0° steel belted radial rear tyre for motorcycles - the ME Z1.

1994
Metzeler set the motorcycle world record for 24 hours at 246.0 km/h.

1995
The Metzeler Quality Management System was certified by DIN EN ISO 9002.

1996
Metzeler develops the first 0° steel belted radial front tyre. The ME Z4 was the worldwide first tyre set with the revolutionary 0° steel belted radial technology.

2000
Metzeler introduces the new Metzeler ME 880 in the size of 240/40 R 18 to meet the demands of tuners world wide. With a width of 243 millimeters it was the world's widest motorcycle tyre. Furthmore it featured the patented 0° steel belted technology.

2003
In order to follow and aticipate the Sport Touring Bikes' evolution, Metzeler itroduces the new reference in the segment: the Roadtec Z6.

2004
Metzeler is always seeking ways to improve performance, to get even closer to the perfect lap. This search for perfection that served us well in the creation of the new Road Racing Tyre in compound, the Racetec K.

2005
Introduction in the market of the new LASERTEC, combining "classic" tread design with high-tech casing and compounds, for mid-sized motorcycles and pre-vintage models.
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