Our Story

1950-1959

1950
9.1. the first sewing workshop starts work, producing work and protective clothing, aprons from rubberized textile - GumoTex.

1953
Production of a textile roof (Felicia and Velorex). The number of employees exceeded 1000 people.

1954
Significant expansion of the production of textile clothing, the rubberized textile coats become a hit.

1955
Semi-operational production of foam rubber from natural latex is started, the first tests of the production of inflatable loungers made of sheathed textile are carried out.

1956
The production programme is expanded to include sports inflatable products and fashion clothing.

1960-1969

1960
Synthetic latex is introduced in foam rubber technology, waterproof shushtackle tyres. PVC die-cast toys become a fashion hit.

1961
Massive construction takes place in the area of the Breclav plant, the area becomes a huge construction site.

1963
The production of lightweight soft polyurethane begins, the legendary MOLITAN brand is established, and the construction of a toy production plant is completed.

1966
Technology for the production of synthetic leather - Poretan - appears in the production programme. This new product attracts a lot of attention on the market.

1970-1979

1970
Production of fashion garments takes off, and a new tailor shop is opened in Kostice in addition to the one in Moravská Nová Ves. Fashion garments are gaining a lot of attention on the market and are becoming very popular.

1971
Production of shaped PUR foam armrests for the Škoda Coupé and dashboards for the Tatra 603 is launched.

1977
Production of semi-rigid and cold PUR foam for moulded parts (sun visors, head restraints) for Škoda cars is introduced.

1978
Significant expansion of production for the automotive industry.

1980-1989

1981
Lamination line of own production for double-sided flame lamination is put into operation, construction of 120 m high boiler room chimney is realized.

1982
The town of Breclav inaugurates the cultural house of which GUMOTEX was the main investor.
The line for the production of panels for trucks was put into operation.

1983
Production of de-icing coatings for the aerospace industry begins, new lines for the production of deckchairs, boats and cold foam are installed.

1985
Processing of thermoplastics and rubber deposits started on the BEMA production line.

1987
Production of Vylen (thermoinsulating) low-build polyethylene is launched, production of fittings and semi-rigid foam products for Škoda Favorit cars is expanded.

1990-1999

1992
Production of sun visors for foreign VW and AUDI cars started.

1994
Production for Škoda Felicia cars and rescue systems for shipping and air transport begins. First production of inflatable bed mattresses for the American market.

1997
Production of segmented rafts and motor boats made of new modern materials is launched.

2000-2009

2000
A two-man crew of an ultralight catamaran, whose floats were made by GUMOTEX, crossed the Atlantic in 33 days.

2003
Presentation of the new inflatable lifeboat UZC 420, emergency clothing SUNIT, self-inflating mattress. On the Vltava River on the Devil's Currents, the Pulsar Boats were used for the World Rafting Championships.

2006
Inflatable gangway for use at the Interprotect 2006 trade fair in Brno in difficult and dangerous terrains and a new material Porotex suitable for the production of firefighter's rescue clothing.

2007
Expandia, Milestone Partners and Genesis enter GUMOTEX by buying out the shares of the original owners.

2008
The new Gumotex Rescue Systems programme (rescue islands, flood barriers) was presented at the PYROS 2008 trade fair in Brno. Acquisition of the Jaroměř production plant.
Sale of block polyurethane production (MOLITAN).

2010-2019

2011
Series production of large seats and backrests made of PUR foam started.

2013
Start of production of sun visors for BMW.

2014
Acquisition of the production plant in Myjava (SK). Sale of the GUMOTEX MATRACE subsidiary.

2015
Commissioning of significant investments - SPUR line, KMB coating line, Coating Division development centre.

2016
Expandia Financial Group becomes the sole shareholder.

2017
In Trebic, the technology for the production of expanded polypropylene was put into commercial operation, which received the trademark UPPEX

2018
Award for the new Thaya kayak at Europe's largest trade fair in Nuremberg. DROP-STITCH material successfully introduced into the boat production.

2019
Back to Nuremburg, where the Rush kayak repeats the success of the Thaya boat.

2020-2029

2020
Investment in a second production facility for the production of UPPEX® - expanded polypropylene. Closure and sale of the Most plant, transfer of capacity to the Jaroměř plant.

2021
Construction of a new development centre and modernisation of the rubber rolling mill started.
Rebranding of the GUMOTEX Group.

2022
Presentation of a new type of decontamination shower HF-SDO7 developed specifically for the needs of integrated rescue systems.
GUMOTEX is actively involved in humanitarian aid to Ukraine by providing accommodation and material assistance, supplying cots for refugee centres.

2023
New production line KLM3 for the production of deckchairs is put into operation.
Transfer of PUR production from Breclav to Jaroměř.
Introduction of the new innovative tent HF-42 RDT for humanitarian organisations.
Completion of production at the GUMOTEX production plant in Myjava.
Completion of the new GUMOTEX development centre in Breclav, a strategic investment in innovation worth more than 90 million euros.
Completion of the installation of a new photovoltaic power plant at the Břeclav site.
Awarded at the Paddle Expo in Strasbourg for the new Seashine inflatable kayak, which won the top prize in the INFLATABLE category.
New sun visor production line put into full commercial operation.

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