Tigar Tyres

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Tigar Tyres
Native name
Tigar Gume
Founded30 October 2002; 16 years ago (2002-10-30) (Current form)
First founded in 1935
Nikole Pašića 213, Pirot
Area served
Key people
Andre Donzallaz (Director)
Carmen-Elena Petcu (Director)
Roy de Lachaise Stephane Marie Bertrand (Director)
Feliciano Augusto Abrantes de Almeida (Director)
RevenueIncrease 589.84 million (2017)[1]
Increase €87.04 million (2017)[1]
Total assetsIncrease €440.53 million (2017)[1]
Total equityIncrease €116.27 million (2017)[1]
OwnerMichelin (100%)
Number of employees
3,364 (2017)[1]

Tigar Tyres (full legal name in Serbian Latinic: Preduzeće za proizvodnju guma Tigar Tyres d.o.o. Pirot) is a Serbian tire manufacturing company based in Pirot, eastern Serbia. Since 2007, it is owned by the world's second largest tyre manufacturer Michelin.


Tigar Tyres was founded in 1935 in Pirot as a workshop for the manufacture of rubber products and all kinds of footwear. It was longtime part of joint venture company Tigar a.d. from Pirot. After second world war company was nationalized by new Communist authorities.

In 2007, the French company Michelin became a major shareholder of the company.[2] In February 2008, Michelin bought the remaining shares of Tigar Tyres for $47 million. With this acquisition, Michelin would become 100 percent owner of the company by 2010.[3]

In 2012, Michelin planned to invest 170 million euros in production capacity and employ 700 more workers over 5 years.[4] In October 2014, a new plant of the factory, worth 215 million euros, was opened. It has provided an employment for additional 500 employees.[5] For this investment, Tigar Tyres received "Aurea" award, given by the business portal eKapija for the best investment in Serbia for 2014 calendar year.[6]

As of April 2016, the company had around 3,000 employees.[7] From 2013 to 2016, Tigar Tyres has invested 215 million euros in factory's modernization and construction of new facilities.[7]

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In 2013, Tigar Tyres was the fourth biggest Serbian gross exporter (not counting imports by the company) with the total value of exported goods worth 231.4 million euros.[8] Since then, Tigar Tyres has established itself as one of three biggest Serbian gross exporters,[7] being the third biggest exporter in 2014 (233 million euros of exports),[9] 2015 (291 million euros)[10] and 2016 (315.7 million euros).[11]

According to the 2017 financial report submitted to the Serbian Economic Registry Agency, the company has 3,364 employees and it posted an annual profit of €87.04 million for the calendar year 2017.[1] Tigar Tyres finished the 2018 calendar year as the fourth biggest Serbian gross exporter with 388.9 million euros worth of exports.[12]


On 23 April 2015, six employees were injured by electric shock in the factory plant, of whom three had serious injuries.[13] All three had burns that were covering between 50 and 80 percent of the body. In the next 10 days after the accident, all three workers who were seriously injured died of injuries sustained due to the electric shock.[14][15]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "СТО НАЈ... ПРИВРЕДНИХ ДРУШТАВА У РЕПУБЛИЦИ СРБИЈИ У 2017. ГОДИНИ" (PDF). apr.gov.rs (in Serbian). Belgrade: Agencija za privredne registre. September 2018. pp. 14, 15. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Francuski "Michelin" preuzima većinsko vlasništvo u "Tigar MH"". ekapija.com. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Michelin buys out Tigar Tyres for $47 million". rubbernews.com. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Michelin ulaže u Tigar Tyres 170 miliona evra". 4gume.com (in Serbian). Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  5. ^ Велики скок пиротског „Тигра”. politika.rs (in Serbian). Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  6. ^ Nikoletić, I. "Tigar Tires dobitnik nagrade za investiciju godine". danas.rs (in Serbian) (26 March 2015). Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  7. ^ a b c Stjepanović, Jelena (26 April 2016). "Tigar tyres: 500 novih radnih mesta, plata iznad proseka". b92.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Najveći izvoznici u 2013. godini". siepa.gov.rs (in Serbian). Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Ko su najveći izvoznici". vreme.com (in Serbian). 2 April 2015. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Najveći izvoznici iz Srbije i Regiona u 2015. godini". rpk-subotica.org.rs (in Serbian). Ministry of Finance of Serbia. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Ovo su najveći izvoznici u 2016. godini!". plutonlogistics.com (in Serbian). Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Železara iz Smedereva prvi put najveći izvoznik, slede Fijat i NIS". n1info.com (in Serbian). Beta. 19 February 2019. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Pirot: Povređeno šestoro u fabrici". b92.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  14. ^ "Second Tigar Tyres worker dies in Germany". b92.net. 28 April 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  15. ^ "Preminuo i treći radnik "Tigra"". b92.net (in Serbian). Tanjug. Retrieved 2 May 2015.

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