The Kormoran brand has been well known to Polish drivers for many years. It is associated in particular with reliability and reasonable prices (it falls in the economy category). The history of Kormoran tyres is associated with Stomil Olsztyn plants and their takeover by the French company Michelin. The brand naturally continues the tradition of the Olsztyn Car Tyre Plant (Olsztyńskie Zakłady Opon Samochodowych), which was launched in 1961, with production beginning six years later.
The Polish factory became famous for producing Poland's first radial tyres for vans and lorries in 1973. It continued operations in its original form between 1992 and 1995, at which time it was taken over by Michelin.
The Kormoran brand was established through the initiative of the new owner, and was very quickly accepted by customers due to its modern design and good price. The Kormoran tyre product line contains tyres for passenger cars (including SUVs), light delivery vans and lorries.
Kormoran could have been called Cavalier, Medalist, Amplor or Warrior, which were all names considered by the heads of Michelin when they brought their brand to Poland. In the end, they decided to use something that sounded less exotic to the Polish ear.
The brand's name and logo (the cormorant bird) hark back to the tradition of Stomil and the natural landscape of Warmia and Masuria.
The Olsztyn factory has already produced more than 100 million tyres. The Olsztyn factory that produces Kormoran tyres is one of the biggest Michelin plants and the largest tyre factory in Poland.
More than 5 million Kormoran tyres have been sold since 2005. The brand has more than 2,400 points of sale in Europe. It is a known and renowned European brand and is present in countries such as Poland, Russia, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Hungary and Romania.
In 2000, the first model of the Kormoran directional tread tyre was presented.