Nokian means safe driving and excellent performance in even the most difficult weather conditions. It was the company that launched the first ever winter tyre (Nokian Kelirengas) characterised by a thick-ribbed profile in 1934. Nokian winter tyres are famous all over the world due to their resistance to extremely low temperatures. Of course, they also produce a range of summer tyres and all-season tyres.
If you expect safety from your tyres and don't want to be limited by weather conditions, Nokian is the perfect solution for you. The company is renowned for its implementation and promotion of environmentally-friendly solutions so, if you care about the environment, Nokian is a great choice. Not only will you limit your consumption and emissions of harmful gases into the atmosphere, but you will also spend less on fuel.
Due to Finland's unique landscape and weather conditions, the company naturally conquered the market for specialised, industrial and forest tyres. The Nokian represents excellent durability and resistance to damage and wear. These are tyres you feel confident with, regardless of the surface type and condition, during everyday driving in the city and beyond.
Nokian has its own testing centre in Ivalo in Lapland, north of the Arctic Circle. It is the northernmost centre for testing tyres under winter conditions.
It's no accident that Nokian sounds similar to the name of the famous Finnish company Nokia. Both brands initially belonged to one company, from which Nokian split to form an independent company.
Nokian's head office is located in the small Finnish town of Nokia on the Nokianvirta River.
These tyres are manufactured not only in Finland, but also in Russia. The factory in St. Petersburg is one of the world's most modern tyre-producing factories.
History of the brand
The logo of Nokian tyres
On the Nokianvirta river
Its beginnings go back to the second half of the nineteenth century, when in 1865, in Tampere in south-western Finland, mining engineer Knut Fredrik Idestam set up a small timber mill. In time he moved the business to the small town of Nokia on the Nokianvirta river. This was the first of the three firms that would later combine to form the Nokia Corporation. The town’s name also provided the name of the firm, Nokia Wood Mills, although it should be remembered that the Finnish word nokia also means a forest weasel.
Thirty-three years later, in 1898, the firm known as Finnish Rubber Works (Suomen Gummitehdas Oy) was founded. In 1904 the first FRW factory built in Nokia came into operation. Also at the start of the century the firm took over Nokia Wood Mills, and in 1967 both firms merged with Finnish Cable Works, which had been founded in 1912. Thus the Nokia Corporation was born.
First bicycles, then cars
Returning to the question of tyre production, in 1925 Finnish Rubber Works began making tyres for bicycles. Previously it had manufactured footwear and other products, including rubber parts used in various branches of industry. In 1932 the Nokia factory produced its first car tyre. Four years later the firm’s flagship product was ready – the tyre known today as ...