On the strength of his experience in the agricultural tires sector, Michel Phely founds OTICO as a tire wholesaler and service provider.
Its offices and headquarters are in Provins.
OTICO moves to its present site in Chalmaison and, as a pioneer in recycling, begins retreading heavy goods vehicle tires and then agricultural tires.
The company also diversifies by buying a production plant to make belts used in flax harvesting.
The first partnerships with manufacturers of agricultural machinery, to optimise equipment in contact with soil for agricultural bins.
Olivier Phely takes over as technical director of OTICO and invents the production of semi-hollow tire for bins and seed drills, under the OTIFLEX brand, for RIBOULEAU- MONOSEM.
OTICO innovates by creating the first range of tire-mounted crawler tracks, under the TERRAFLEX brand for its customer PONCIN.
Acquires its German rival FARMFLEX, a Continental Group brand, which will become OTICO's semi-hollow brand.
and continues to grow the company by diversifying the FARMFLEX range of semi-hollow rollers and by modernising and increasing the capacity of the production plant.
in North America, Russia and Ukraine.
and a new facility with 50 presses and moulds. First test bench installed for wheels and rollers.
with a capacity of 10-15,000 wheels per week.
First robotised extrusion line is installed, specially for the production of semi-hollow FARMFLEX.
dedicated to wheels / new & retreaded tires business: 20,000 m², of which 5,500 m² are a covered storeroom and workshop.
for storing components and raw materials: 700m² floor area, 9m high.