The transition process began in Púchov rubber plant in 1988.Then, the company was changed to state-owned enterprise and two years later it transformed itself to joint-stock company. During the transition company had to change its trademark. After 40 years of using Barum trademark the company reintroduced old trademark Matador and from July 1993 all products were manufactured under this trademark. The transformation of the joint-stock company to private company was completed in 1994.
The quality management system of design, manufacture and servicing of tyres was certified in accordance with standard ISO 9001 by certification company DET NORSKE VERITAS. One year later company TÜV CERT issued certificate for the company of quality management system for conveyor belts, inner tubes and technical rubber products in accordance with ISO 9001 requirements.
In 1995 Matador established subsidiaries Matador Machinery and Matador Omskshina.
The environmental management system of the company was approved by certificate of DET NORSKE VERITAS in accordance with BS 7750 and ISO 14001 standards in 1996.
Two important audits of quality management system for tyres were held in Matador in 1998. Audits proved that Matador was the first company in the Slovak Republic and Eastern Europe to undergo successfully certifications of the system in accordance with the ISO 9001, QS 9000 and VDA 6.1 standards.
Joint venture Continental Matador for the production of truck tyres was established in Púchov in September 1998.
In 1999 the transformation of the company took its final phase by change of strategic management and by shift to division management system.
The management of the Company is being transformed to the German model and re-engineering processes, while using international consulting companies, are establishing the strategic targets for the Company.
In the year 2001, Matador as one of the first companies in the middle Europe acquired the certificate of management system of tyre development and production quality according to technical specification ISO/TS 16949 (requirements on system of quality management in automotive industry accepted by important automotive associations, the mentioned certificate continuously replaced individual certificates according to the requirements of American and German automotive association.)
In December, 2001 the company DET NORSKE VERITAS issued the Management Quality System Certificate in accordance with standards ISO 9001:2000, valid for design, production, assembling, servicing and sales of machines and equipment for rubber industry and management of design and development, production, servicing and sales of moulds.
September 2005: the company MATADOR was celebrating its one hundred´s anniversary and introducing a new company logo, which will represent the company in the new centenary.
In 2007 the company Continental AG acquired 51% of the MATADOR Rubber Division.
On July 1st 2008 Continental and Matador Group agreed on the transfer of an additional 15% of the shares in Continental Matador Rubber. As of this date the Continental Group owns 66% of the shares in Continental Matador Rubber.But this additional acquisition within a few months shows the commitment of the Continental Group to the investment in the Puchov area.
In 2009 Continental AG Hannover increased their capital share to 100%. New Continental’s distribution-logistic centre was open in that year in Puchov, for Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the new production finalisation hall.
In May 2010 Continental is opening new production hall in Púchov that will enable further increase of capacities for the produciton of passenger and light truck tires