Since 1963 REMA TIP TOP UK has offered its customers high quality products, service and solutions to the UK Automotive Aftermarket. The famous TIP TOP repair patches became the cornerstone in a range of Automotive consumables and equipment which leads the way in industry standards and innovation.
Today the company provides its knowledge and expertise in three key industry segments; material processing, surface protection and automotive. These sectors are serviced by industry solutions that are tailored and certified to meet every requirement of a knowledgable and discerning customer base.
The REMA TIP TOP brand has been established even longer than the original UK roots. In fact it was 1923 when the brothers Otto and Willy Gruber found a joint company. The brothers’ first trade in screws and small metal parts under the name Otto Gruber & Co., but soon start selling compressors and lift platforms.
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1923 - The beginning
In 1923 the brothers Otto and Willy Gruber found a joint company. The brothers’ first trade in screws and small metal parts under the name Otto Gruber & Co., but soon start selling compressors and lift platforms.
1928 - The term "Stahlgruber"
Steel, a more modern material, increasingly replaces conventional iron. The Gruber brothers therefore include steel screws and bolts in their commercial program. The term "Stahlgruber" soon comes into common use and this is finally adopted and retained as the company name.
Increasing transport mechanization also extends the circle of customers. New car repair workshops are opened up everywhere. Stahlgruber becomes the leading trade supplier of automobile accessories, tools and workshop equipment.
1935 - A real market niche
Otto Gruber & Co. KG, headquartered in Munich, is founded.
The Grubers discover a real market niche when visiting a vulcanizing operation. Up to this point, tyre repair material has been laboriously cut out by hand from old tyres. No alternative is been available on the market up until this point.
1937 - Tyre patches
The Gruber brothers decide to produce inner tube patches. This is followed in 1938 by inner sleeves and tyre patches. The breakthrough, however, comes shortly after the end of the war with the development of a cold vulcanization material that for the first time permits a temperature-resistant tube repair.
1938 - The name
During a product trial, Willy Gruber exclaims: "This is tip-top!" and thus creates the name of an idea whose fulfillment one day led to the conquest of the world market.
1944 - Increase in demand
Things continually improve. Due to the ongoing increase in demand, a production facility is set up in the town of Fuerstenzell in Bavaria.
1949 - Record level
The millionth inner tube patch is manufactured.
1950 - First agencies abroad
Stahlgruber opens its first agencies abroad (Italy, Japan), production runs at full capacity. The trading portfolio, comprising car parts, accessories, tools and workshop equipment, is continually extended. Both the services offered and international involvements also increase strongly.
1954 - Poing
The Poing factory is opened.
1960 - Expansion
A new production facility is opened in Desdorf, near Cologne. The first jointly-owned companies abroad are founded.
1963 - TIP TOP Vulcanising Products Limited - Founded in UK
April 1963 The TIP TOP brand of tyre repair material is distributed in the UK, by TIP TOP Vulcanising Products Limited (REMA TIP TOP AUTOMOTIVE UK Limited). The former name was ultimately deemed too restrictive to the growing range.
1965 - Wear protection
Product development gets underway: Wear protection material is developed.
1969 - New headquarters
The first vulcanisation machines are produced. The new headquarters in Munich is opened.
In addition, the Stahlgruber Foundation is set up according to the last will and testament of Otto and Willy Gruber, its purpose being the training of young craftspeople for the automobile and vulcanization trade.
1990 - UK subsidiary renamed - REMA TIP TOP UK LTD
TIP TOP Vulcanising Products Limited becomes REMA TIP TOP UK LTD. The business name now reflects the expansion and diversity of product lines and business segments.
1991 - A Quality Driven Organisation
REMA TIP TOP UK Ltd received ISO9001 accreditation in December 1991. Since that time REMA TIP TOP have continued to develop and improve its operational standards, both of its own efforts, and using appropriate available worldwide technological developments.
2002 - From Munich to Poing
The entire company moves its location from Munich to Poing.
2007 - Foundation of the GmbH
REMA TIP TOP GmbH is founded.
2008 - Merges into AG
Merges into STAHLGRUBER Otto Gruber AG.
2009 - South Africa
Founding of the LSCE Logistic Service Center Europe. Acquisition of Dunlop Belting (Pty.) Ltd., South Africa.
2010 - Alfa Development
Consolidation of the manufacturing and development departments into the independent alfa DEVELOPMENT GmbH.
2011 - Latin America
REMA TIP TOP Latin America SPA is founded.
2014 - New Milestone
A further milestone in the history of the Company: REMA TIP TOP trades as a non-listed stock corporation as of 2014.