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Forrez tyres was founded in November 1964. Lucien Forrez started the company in association with his wife Maria Decuypere in a shed behind their house in Zillebeke.
Zillebeke is located in a large agricultural area, so the choice of specialization in agricultural tyres was obvious.

Next to tyres Lucien Forrez specialized also in performing repairs on steel rims. It was in those days that the idea of an own company for wheels construction was born.
Lucien Forrez and Maria Decuypere were blessed with four children: Paul, Marie-Christine, Marie-Paul and Marie-Catherine.

In 1986, Paul started his carreer in the company and 8 years later Geert Mertens, the husband of Marie-Christine, joined Paul in the management team.

Forrez Tyres grew rapidly in the early 80’s and a new, larger warehouse was built across the street. Thanks to some successful acquisitions Forrez has become an important player in the tyre business. Currently Forrez has 13 houses spread over the west and the south of Belgium.
After the take-over of "De Hoeve, tyres and wheels" in the Netherlands Forrez now really became international.

In February 2008 Lucien Forrez, the inspirer and founder of the company, deceased. The torch was passed to Paul Forrez and Geert Mertens.

In June 2009 a brand new distribution center was inaugurated mainly for exportation to the Benelux and France.

In 2002 Lucien made his dream come true by founding his own wheel construction company in Ypres.

In 2014, the year of the 50th anniversary of Forrez Tyres, Paul Forrez stopped his operational function and Geert Mertens was appointed as the CEO of the company.





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