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A young entrepreneur, K. M. Mammen Mappillai,opened a small toy balloon manufacturing unit in a shed at Tiruvottiyur, Madras (now Chennai).

MRF (Madras Rubber Factory) is Indias No.1 tyre manufacturing company. It was started in the year 1946 by K M Mammen Mappillai as a small toy ballon unit. Much later in November 1960 it ventured in manufacturing of tyres. The company entered a technical collaboration woth Tire & Rubber company, USA. In 1964 it established an overseas office at Beirut, Lebanon to tap the export market. This was amongst Indias very first efforts on tyre exports. In 1989 the company collaborated with Hasbro International USA, the worlds largest toy maker and launched Funskool India. In the same year it entered into a pact with Vapocure of Australia to manufacture polyurethane paint formulations and with Pirelli for MUSCLEFLEX conveyor and elevator belting.

Currently MRF exports tyres to over 65 countries including America, Europe, Middle East, Japan, and Pacific region. It presently has overseas offices in Dubai, Vietnam and Australia. Products Tyres- It manufactures various tyres for passenger cars, two-wheelers, trucks, buses, tractors, light commercial vehicles and off the road tyres. Conveyor belts- It manufactures conveyor belts with wide range of grades. It has a range of applications in industries like mining, ports, thermal power plants, cement plants, fertiliser, steel, etc. It exports the products to 15 countries.

It also operates retreading systems for tyres that enhances road grip, provides greater mileage and many others features. MRF Tyres & Services is one stop shop providing range tyres. Currently it operates 90 franchisees across the country. Awards It was awarded as Most Trusted Tyre Company in India by TNS 2006 global CSR study. The company won J D Power Asia Pacific award for customer satisfaction seven times. MRF was honoured with CAPEXIL award as acknowledgement for its export performance.

SERVICES T & S MRF T&S is a one stop shop for a unique tyre shopping experience. An experience that's fun and enjoyable for the whole family. T&S stocks the entire range of MRF tyres and is equipped to provide services of computerised wheel alignment, wheel balancing and tyre changing. It is an answer to the increasing number of world-class cars which are cruising on Indian roads. Customers shop for tyres and wheel related services in air conditioned comforts. Each T&S facility has an exclusive corner where customers can unwind over a cup of hot coffee as they wait. The technicians at MRF T&S are trained at the MRF Tyredrome. Currently, there are 90 T&S franchisees across the country and many more springing up each day.

MRF Tyredrome The MRF Tyredrome is a state-of-the-art facility with contemporary computerised equipment to diagnose and correct wheel related problems. The MRF Tyredrome is manned by factorytrained, experienced engineers and technicians. The Tyredrome is frequented by car owners who drive down and enjoy the unique carwash experience with their whole family.


TNSMRF voted the "Most Trusted" Tyre company in India by TNS 2006 global CSR study.

J D POWER ASIA PACIFICMRF won the award for customer satifaction not once but 6 times in the last 7 years

CAPEXILMRF won the award for exports