RONAL GROUP Celebrates 50th Anniversary


The RONAL GROUP, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of light alloy wheels for passenger and commercial vehicles, is celebrating its 50th birthday this year.

Major Milestone for German Wheel Manufacturer

RONAL was founded in Walldorf (Germany) in 1969 by Karl Roland Wirth. A year later saw the company build its first plant in Forst (Germany), specialising in the production of cast light alloy wheels and received its first order from an automobile manufacturer as early as 1970.

More than 8,000 employees currently work for the RONAL GROUP at several subsidiaries around the globe, in administration and production. Furthermore, the Group manufactures its own tools at two sites, and has in RONLOG a central logistics centre for its products.

Towards the end of 2018, an innovation centre (in the form of newly founded RONAL Technologie GmbH) was established at which research is to be conducted into the technologies, materials and products of tomorrow, and at which solutions are to be developed with which the RONAL GROUP will be able to contribute towards shaping mobility of the future – with a view to safeguarding the technology leadership position of the company.

In addition, the RONAL GROUP has also had for many years, with its PLANBLUE concept, an eye on its responsibility for successive generations. The development of sustainable products such as the RONAL R60-blue wheel, saving resources, reducing CO2 emissions, and actions such as “Bike2RONAL” for employees, are just some aspects of the sustainability concept that are being extended continually.

For its special birthday, the RONAL GROUP has also come up with a special treat – a gilded version of the popular RONAL R50 AERO cult wheel – that was showcased for the first time at the Essen Motor Show 2018 and is commercially available from spring 2019.

About the author

David is the Owner and Publisher of Commercial Tyre Business. With over 30 years' experience as a specialist tyre industry journalist, he first entered the tyre industry in 1987 as Editor of Tyre & Accessories. He was Editor of Tyre Trade News between 1993-96 before establishing Retreading Business in 1997. In 2004 he acquired the Malaysian tyre magazine The Tyreman, before establishing Tyre & Rubber Recycling in 2009. In addition to his publishing ventures, he was also Director of the Retread Manufacturers' Association between 2004 and 2014.


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