History

From shoes to tyres

From shoes to tyres

In 1853, Hiram Hutchinson, a US citizen arrives in France and starts the production of rubber shoes under the trade name of « Aigle ». In 1860, he inaugurates his third company in Mannheim, Germany and in 1890 starts the manufacturing of bike tyres.

The industrial revolution

The industrial revolution

At the beginning of the 20th century, the automobile industry is in full development and is followed by aviation. Hutchinson supplies the first airplanes with a coated fabric. In 1918, Hutchinson opens its head office in Paris on the Champs Elysées. Hutchinson becomes a leader of many markets : shoes, fabrics, automotive, bikes, trucks, aiplanes, etc.

Time for invention and the Thirties

Time for invention and the Thirties

In 1934, two friends Paulsen & Stratosky set up Paulstra to develop a new process to bond rubber with metal. The first elastic mounts for the aerospace industry are born in 1936From this point on, rubber will be used as an anti-vibration component for the entire industry.

Paulstra will join the Hutchinson group in 1973.

Hutchinson becomes an international company

Hutchinson becomes an international company

In 1974, the French Oil Company acquires Hutchinson, offering it the chance to become a major player on the international scene with 13,500 people worldwide.
Hutchinson concentrates its activities on three main markets : Automotive, Industriy / Aerospace and Consumer Goods.

Hutchinson becomes a dedicated partner of major industrial companies

Hutchinson becomes a dedicated partner of major industrial companies

With the acquisition of Barry Controls USA (1999), Jehier (2006), Strativer (2008) and at most recently Kaefer Aerospace, Germany (Olutex and KTN) (2011). 

KTN was founded in 2001 and as was awarded major contracts on composite ducts and Interior parts (A400M in 2005, A350 and A380 in 2010)

KTN received the Diehl Aircabin Supplier Award in 2008 & 2009.

Olutex was founded in 1997. Since then, Olutex has been the end to end supplier of insulation to Airbus (Single Aisle and Long Range) and was awarded Design & Build contracts awards for  A380 (2002) and A400M (2005) 

In 2009, Olutex implemented and installed FAR25.856(b) burn through systems in all Airbus commercial platforms. 

Today, Hutchinson is a major player in the Aerospace Industry dealing with  Airbus, Boeing, Diehl Aircabin, etc.