History

From Autobanden De Sprint to Inter-Sprint

What began in 1965 as a ‘stack of tyres’ on Rotterdam’s Feijernoordkade has now, 50 years later, expanded to become one of Europe’s largest tyre and wheel distributors. Initially only sold car tyres to private individuals, under the business name ‘Autobanden De Sprint’ (‘De Sprint Car Tyres’). The simple basic plan to start selling tyres to private individuals at great prices was only the beginning of realising the final goal: the national and international distribution of car tyres and, later, wheels.

The conviction that the Dutch and European vehicle pool would grow explosively formed the basis for this. Now, almost half a century later, ‘Autobanden De Sprint’ has grown up to become ‘Inter-Sprint’, one of the most innovative and renowned international players in car tyre distribution.

1965

How it all began

The first piles of tyres lie on the pavement in Rotterdam. The first deliveries are made.

1965

Autobanden De Sprint

Under the name 'Autobanden De Sprint' ('De Sprint Car Tyres'), the first official branch is opened on the Feijernoordkade. Private customers can come here to purchase and have tyres fitted.

1975

The business keeps on growing

Tyre fitting branches aimed at consumers are opened at several locations throughout Rotterdam.

1975

More cars, more tyres

The success of De Sprint continues unabatedly. Larger branches, like here on the Ceintuurbaan, are necessary to continue to satisfy demand.

1985

More and more customers from the professional sector

Sprint branches, as well as the first garage and fitting businesses, are provided with tyres from Sprint's own warehouses.

1985

Inter-Sprint goes (inter)national

In Strijen, Inter-Sprint sets up its own large warehouses. Under the name Inter-Sprint, increasing numbers of businesses in the Netherlands were supplied with tyres from this location. In addition, the first containers of tyres were delivered abroad.

1995

Heinenoord opens its doors

More and more garage and installation companies become clients of Inter-Sprint. Demand skyrockets. For the company's expansion, Heinenoord is chosen as the location for Inter-Sprint's own warehouses. An impressive complex is created there.

1995

Tyres and wheels go hand in hand

Under the name Inter-Tyre, the first alloy wheels are delivered. Later, a fully-automatic assembly machine for tyre/wheel combinations was also installed at this location.

2009

The logistic centre in Moerdijk becomes a reality

In 2009, Inter-Sprint moves to Moerdijk The new building, with enormous storage capacity, makes the desired expansion of the range and the stock possible. In addition, with a view to the future, a lot of free building space is available. The location also makes it ideal in terms of logistics. Inter-Sprint can continue to grow here without limits.

2011

Inter-Tyre moves to Moerdijk

Inter-Tyre moves from Heinenoord to Moerdijk. At Distriboulevard 11, we create a future-oriented location. Here too, the warehouse capacity is strongly reinforced for even more stock.

2012

Wheeltyre

Especially for supplying tyre/wheel combinations in large quantities, we set up a new location under the name Wheeltyre. The fully-automatic assembly machine moves from Heinenoord to the new building and is updated.

2013

Zeehaven Location

Due to the growth of the international sales market, the demand for tyres grows strongly. At the new location on the Zeehaven, we can take large quantities of tyres into stock and subsequently deliver them. At this location, a special location for our container storage is also developed.

2013

Truck and OTR tyres

A new location is opened at Distriboulevard 15 especially for truck and OTR tyres. These bulky tyres require a lot of storage space.

2013

We keep on building

We once again expand our warehouse capacity in order to make our stock even more complete for our customers.

2015

Formidable, even from a bird's-eye view

A large area of the Distriboulevard is built on to create warehouses for tyres and wheels. An impressive complex has developed.

2015

Havenkade and container transshipment

Zeehaven site bird's-eye view, with the harbour quayside and the (sea) container storage and transshipment area.

2017

Looking to the future

We continue to look ahead. The combination of our vision for the future and strategy requires a greater storage and transshipment capacity. The first pile being sunk at the Distriboulevard 27 in June 2017 was the starting signal for a new expansion of our warehouse capacity. Halfway through 2018, another impressive location will have been added to our business complex.

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