Hutchinson SA

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FoundedFrance 1853
Key people
Jacques Maigné, CEO
ProductsBody Sealing Systems, Precision Sealing Systems, Fluid Management Systems, Materials and Structures, Vibration Control Systems, Belt Drive Systems
Revenue4.115 M€ (2017)
Number of employees
Bicycle with Hutchinson tires.
A Hutchinson factory in Łódź, Poland.

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 it did not start manufacturing bicycle tires until 1890, having first had eyes on the shoe market under the original company name Compagnie du Caoutchouc Souple.[1] It has more than 38,000 employees at 96 sites in 23 countries.[2][3] Hutchinson introduced tubeless tires for road bicycles in 2006.[4][5]

Hutchinson also offers products for aerospace, rail, construction and defense.


Late 19th century[edit]

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



  • In 1932, the first artificial sponges were 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 to sixty countries.


  • In 1973, Hutchinson and Mapa merged and Jean-Felix Paulsen sold Paulstra to Hutchinson Mapa (which was renamed Hutchinson in 1981).
  • In 1974, the company Total took a majority stake in the company. The new company had 13,500 people in 26 different sites. The Hutchinson Group focused its major markets in automobiles, heavy industry and the general consumer public.
  • In 1986, Hutchinson acquired two major companies: Le Joint Français (for rubber manufacturing) and Corduroy Rubber Compagny (antivibration motor activity), marking the beginning of a new globally-focused Hutchinson.
  • In 1989, the artificial sponges assumed the brand 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. Archived from the original on 16 January 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
  6. ^ hutchinsonworldwide. Hutchinson Retrieved 9 February 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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