The MRF tyres was started as a rubber balloon factory with a funding of Rs.14, 000 way back in the 40’s and is now a multibillion legacy that produces quality tyres used all around India & internationally along with a presence in paints & coats, toys, motorsports and cricket training.In 1952 MRF’s venture into the manufacture of tread rubber in 1952 put them on the road and into the big leagues.
MRF’s origin traces back to the humble shack in Madras that housed its first makeshift toy balloon manufacturing unit set up by KM Mammen Mappillai in 1946. It was not until 1952 when it changed course and turned to tread rubber manufacturing. By 1956, within 4 years, MRF was the market leader of tread rubber in India with a 50% share.In 1961 MRF became a public company, established a technical collaboration with the Mansfield Tire & Rubber Company based in USA and then the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Mr. K. Kamaraj released the first tyre from MRF’s new pilot plant at Tiruvottiyur.
In 1963 Pandit Nehru laid the foundation stone for the Rubber Research Centre at Tiruvottiyur on June 12, 1963, commemorating the inauguration of the Tiruvottiyur factory.Thus began its glorious reign as the undisputed leader in the tyre making industry.By the early 60’s, MRF was exporting its quality tyres to offices overseas in multiple countries and soon its presence was known globally in 65 different countries - with tyres rolling out of 8 facilities built across 450 acres, 4000 plus strong dealer networks and 180 different offices.
MRF is recognized for its drive towards continuous quality improvement and customer satisfaction. It has won the JD Power award 12 times till date. It has also won the TNS and CAPEXIL awards for being voted as the most trusted tyre company in India.They shares a passion for quality tyres and fast cars just as it does for quality cricket and fast bowlers. It has chosen to associate itself with some of the world’s best fast bowlers through ‘Pace Foundation’ - An academy that has trained legends such as Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel, RP Singh, Bret Lee, Shoaib Akhtar, Glenn McGrath and many more.