Although Vaculug first began manufacturing retread tyres in 1950, the tyre itself had gone on quite the journey prior to this.

Below is a brief timeline outlining the history of the tyre and where Vaculug fits into all of this:

16th century

The first tyres were made from leather, iron and later steel. They were placed onto wooden wheels of carts and wagons for use by wheelwrights.

17th century

The revolutionary discovery of rubber saw the beginning of the tyre as we know it today. It is widely believed that the first practical pneumatic tyre was created in 1887 by John Boyd Dunlop. The outer ring served to ‘attire’ the wheel for use, providing a wear-resistant surface to the perimeter of the wheel.

Early 20th century

This is the century that saw tyre companies first come into force, where they grew in tandem alongside the auto industry.

Mid 20th century

Vaculug began retreading tyres in the United Kingdom, gaining recognition as Europe’s leading tyre re-processor.


It is reported that over 1 billion tyres are produced annually, in over 400 tyre factories, with the top three tyre manufacturers commandeering a 60% global market share.