In March 2000, CVC Funds completed the acquisition of Metzeler from Invensys Plc. Metzeler is the leading global manufacturer motorcycle tyres.
The company was founded in 1863. Originally, Metzeler produced a variety of rubber and synthetic seals. In 1978, the company developed the first tubeless tyre in Europe. After 1979, Metzeler focused only on motorcycle tyres. From the introduction of new materials to the development of innovative tread designs and compounds, the German manufacturer has always been on the leading edge of technical innovation, offering superior quality and extraordinary performance across the range of its tyres.
In January 2004, Metzeler completed the sale of its automotive hose division to Trelleborg AB of Sweden.