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About Matador Tires

As part of the prestigious Continental Group, Matador has a long tradition of meeting high quality requirements thanks to European competence in production and technology. 

Matador Tire History

1905 – Matador Rubber and Balata Plant
1925 – The first tyre produced under Matador brand in Bratislava
1930 – A system of connecting iron and rubber was invented. Matador acquired the patent rights
1933 – Matador produced the first Czechoslovak terrain-driving tyre, Goliath
1934 – Matador began selling the super balloon tyre, Mamut
1947 – The foundation stone of the rubber plant was laid in Púchov
1950 – The "1 May" Tyre Factory was opened
1955 – Start of conveyor belt manufacturing
1968 – Start of STEEL truck tyre manufacturing
1976 – Start of ALL STEEL truck tyre manufacturing
1990 – Gumarne Barum Puchov – state joint stock company
1993 – Privatisation of Gumarne Barum Puchov
1993 – A new generation of winter tyres called MP55 under preparation
1999 – Foundation of joint venture for truck tyres production between Continental and Matador
2000 – Matador developed a new generation high-speed tyre MP41 Aquilla in speed category W (up to 270km/h)
2004 – Matador joined the 4x4/SUV segment with new products – MP71 Izzarada A/T and MP91 Nordicca
2004 – Matador introduced the first A/S tyre MP61 Adhessa
2005 – Logo refreshed
2007 – Continental AG acquired a majority holding in the MATADOR Rubber Division
2010 – Complete control of shares by Continental AG
2012 – Matador introduced new tyre line of MP 92 Sibir Snow for passenger and SUV cars
2015 – 110 years of Matador brand
2015 – The HR4 series as a new generation of truck tyres was introduced
2016 – Matador introduced new MP 72 Izzarda A/T 2 (all terrain SUV tyre)
2016 – The new studded tyre lines of MP 30 Sibir Ice 2 (passenger  car & SUV) and MPS 500 Sibir Ice Van were introduced
2017 – A new A/S tyre line of MPS 400 Variant All Weather 2, equipped with M+S and Three Peaks on the Mountain Symbol, is introduced

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