Hutchinson SA

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Hutchinson Group
Industry Tire
bicycle tire
motorcycle tire
Founded France 1853
Headquarters Paris
Products Tires for bicycles and motorcycles; and sealing, insulation, fluid transfer systems
Revenue 3 462 M€
Number of employees
>35 000

Hutchinson Group is a manufacturer with its headquarters located in Paris, France. It is a subsidiary of Total SA.

In 1853, Hutchinson Group was founded by Hiram Hutchinson though didn't start manufacturing bicycle tires until 1890, having first had eyes on the shoe market under the company Compagnie du Caoutchouc Souple.[1] It has more than 35 000 employees at 96 sites in 23 countries.[2][3] Hutchinson introduced tubeless tires for road bicycles in 2006.[4][5] Hutchinson also offers solutions for the aerospace, space and rail, construction and defense. The main Hutchinson brands in these markets are: LJF, Barry Controls, Paulstra. They also produces tires for two-wheelers.

The four main Hutchinson business lines include: vibration insulation, acoustic and thermal; sealing; transfer fluids; and transmission and mobility.

Hutchinson is a subsidiary of Total.


Late 19th century[edit]

  • In 1853, the American engineer Hiram Hutchinson met Charles Goodyear in Paris. Hutchinson obtained patent for Goodyear, founded on a technological monopoly, with the first factory in Langlée, near Montargis.
  • In 1860, the third plant opened at Mannheim, Germany, which feds the Central European markets.
  • In 1890, the company began the manufacture of bicycle tires.



  • In 1932, the first artificial sponges are invented.
  • In 1934, Jean-Felix Paulsen and Stratosky, former colleagues at Citroën, founded the company 'Paulstra' 'to develop a method for adhering rubber to metal.
  • In 1948, Mapa was formed, following the acquisition of a latex plant, manufacturing gloves.
  • In 1965, fifteen million pairs of gloves were produced and more than six million were exported in sixty countries.


  • In 1973, Hutchinson and Mapa merged and Jean-Felix Paulsen yielded the company 'Paulstra' to Hutchinson Mapa (which was renamed Hutchinson in 1981).
  • In 1974, the company Total took majority stake in the company. The new company had 13,500 people in 26 different sites. The Hutchinson Group based its major markets in automobile, industry and the general public.
  • In 1986, Hutchinson acquired two major companies: 'Le Joint français’ (for rubber manufacturing) and 'Corduroy Rubber Compagny' (antivibration motor activity) will mark the beginning of a new international Hutchinson.
  • In 1989, the artificial sponges from 1932 took the name Spontex .[6]


  1. ^ hutchinsonworldwide. "Hutchinson, 160 years of enthusiasm for industry". Hutchinson. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Hutchinson Worldwide". Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Hutchinson Tires". Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Pacocha, Matt. "It's show time! The doors open at EuroBike". VeloNews. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Felton, Vernon. "Are Tubeless Tires Worth It?". Bike Magazine. Retrieved 14 June 2010. 
  6. ^ hutchinsonworldwide. Hutchinson Retrieved 9 February 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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