The company was established by the Wolfgang Family; a Zionist family that immigrated to Israel in 1936, in order to join and strengthen the Jewish settlement, on its way to the establishment of a state.  The Zionist spirit and the local production, all made in Israel, continues to constitute an important part of the company’s core values until this very day.

The 1930s, prior to the establishment of the State of Israel, was a period of austerity.  During those years, children used to use paint cans and use them as a tambourine, turning it into a wooden drum with a sheet stretched over the top of the can.  This simple optimistic and childish act, added some sound and color to their lives in such a challenging time, and served as the inspiration for the name chosen for our paint company - Tambour.

The first place the name Tambour appeared was on a sign posted at the entrance to a small shop in Safed for construction and paint supplies.  Tambour quickly became Israel’s leading paint company.  Like Artic became a generic name for ice pops and Pladelet for steel doors, Jeep for 4-wheel drive vehicles so too did Tamboriya become the generic name for building supplies stores in Israel.

Products that were developed during this decade included oil pants for walls and Tamboulin for door frames and doors.


In 1944, Tambour was purchased by the British Conglomerate -Jenson and Nicolson Ltd. - and expanded as a paint company in the international arena thanks to advanced technological know-how.

Tambour grew and expanded and became a brand known for its products.  One of the first products was Tambour Gloss - a shiny white lacquer for painting door frames and doors.  Another important product was Tanurol - a stoving finish topcoat for painting various steel products.

Another milestone that positioned Tambour as a high quality dependable brand was the selection of Tambour paints for the painting of Israel’s national theater, Habima, when it was first built in 1945.


In the 1950s, the company invested in advertising, and its first slogan was created - Tambour Paints - For Beauty and Elegance.  Tambour signs on shops helped with the branding and the term Tambouriya became a part of the Israeli vernacular. 

Many significant things took place during this decade:  the first Israeli car - the Susita - was manufactured and painted with Tambour paints.  Tambour also created the first color charts in Israel, helping customers select the right shade.

Another important step was the transition from oil paints - Tambourlin - to synthetic paints - Superlak.  Tambour invested a great deal of resources in developing and strengthening the brand.  They launched a new product Hammerton - a paint for metals that prevents rust.  The name Hammerton was selected due to the hammered look of the paint, long before the car that was named after the hammer.

Other products that were developed during this decade and which have influenced Tambour’s huge business deals include:   Antifouling - an innovative and advanced paint for painting ships; Emulsin - plastic PVA-based paint for interior walls; Kol-Kol - a cream for paint shade variation in a tube.


Many changes took place around the world during this decade; and color was definitely a predominant factor in the 1960s.  The flower children, the psychedelic trend with its bold colors, the kaleidoscope all had an impact on Tambour and many products are launched and joined the long list of quality items offered by the brand to its growing list of customers.  In addition to innovation, there was also a spirit of nostalgia for a vanishing world, perhaps leading to the Yiddish term Photocolor - meaning color photography, for the code name of all Tambour’s basic colors.

In 1963, one of the company’s most important and critical products was launched - Supercryl - a significant milestone for Tambour - serving as Israel’s leading and most advanced interior wall paint.  Polysid also was launched during this decade, designed to replace traditional whitewash which would serve Tambour and its customers for decades to come.

Other products launched in the 1980s:

Tambolak - Shiny, silky paint for doors.  This product was replaced by Polyor.
M.D. 77 - a shiny lacquer that creates at thick layer, for painting doors and door frames.
Unikal - Selection of synthetic paints.
Emulkir - Synthetic paints for walls
Bonderol Super -  for bonding plastic or acrylic paint to whitewashed walls.

The slogan during this period was - Thinking in Color.

Another was - The Colorful Dimension.


On a routine flight over the IDF bases in the Negev, Chief of Staff Rafael Eitan realized that there was an immediate need to camouflage the bases, which were too conspicuous.  The IDF approached Tambour, which was developing camouflage paints at the time - and together they painted the bases and put the Chief of Staff at ease.  Tambour’s paint turned out not only to be good for camouflage but also for killing fleas.  Following a plague of fleas on the concrete walls at the IDF bases near the Suez Canal, project contractor, Meir Katzav painted the concrete walls with Tambour paints, and the fleas completely disappeared, with the IDF benefitting from two services for the price of one.

What else happened in the 1970s?  It’s good you asked…

1972 - Tambour acquires Haifa Paints
1974 - Tambour acquires Eskar Ltd.


Tambour begins to manufacture emulsions and opens a plant in the north
Supercryl is launched, serving as a quality and decorative alternative to Cementcoat, as an exterior paint.  While Cementcoat came only in black and white - Supercryl came in a wide variety of colors.
Ecotex - During this period, the first texture was created for painting exterior walls.
Polysid is launched, replacing the mineral whitewash.  The new product was adopted by Israel’s leading construction companies, such as Rasco, Solel Boneh, and Shikun Ovdim.
Polytone was launched - a clear lacquer for painting wood.
Polyor - a velvety and silky paint for wood and metal walls, in a special viscosity making it ready for use.

Tambour enhanced Israel’s paint market - investing in paint design education and leading one of the most significant revolutions that turned paint, previously just a functional product, into a fashionable product influenced by trends.  During the 1970s, Tambour began offering consultation services for selecting the right shades.
In 1973, a manual for painting schools was published in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and the Council for a Beautiful Israel.

Projects during this period:

1975 - At Israel Shipyards, 4 new container ships were painted:  Vered, Palmach, Sigal and Rakefet for ZIM Ltd.
1975 - One of the first projects in which Polyor was used was a construction project that built 150 villas in Kiryat Ono - in which all the doors and door frames were painted with the new paint.
1972 - Tambour acquires Haifa Paint
1974 - Tambour acquires Escar Ltd.
1974 - Plascon sells its shares (50%) to Koor Industries Ltd.

The slogan used during this period was “Look What Paint Can Do”


During the 1980s, miracles and wonders take place - Tambour launches large projects and icons that establish Tambour as a forward-thinking manufacturer in constant development that was making huge strides.

The company continues to expand; crossing borders to Nigeria, where Tambour solved the mold problem in a very large residential neighborhood using Tambour paints, which were used to paint most of the neighborhood’s homes.  Testimonies from people who recently visited this area report that these homes are still standing, and have remained white and clean.  Tambour also painted hotels in Ghana and ran training seminars for locals on how to use Tambour paints.  The 90,000-seat Lagos Stadium in Nigeria was painted using Tambour’s Tamgloss system.

Tambour became prominent in the hotel industry.  Within a short period of time, 7 hotels in Eilat were painted using Tambourflex and Tamgloss.   It was a quite a spectacle to see the dozens of tons of Tambourtex 2000, Tambourtex 55 and Tamgloss, piled onto trucks that made their way down to Eilat on a daily basis to supply paint to Eilat.

Tambour led the revolution in the local market after receiving authorization from Tel Aviv City Engineer to use Tamgloss paint!  Iconic institutions and buildings are painted with Tambour’s Tamgloss, including:  Beit Gibor Sport, Beit Yachin, the High Antenna in the Kiriya, Rambam Hospital, Beilinson Hospital, the Dan Hotel in Tel Aviv, etc.

In 1980, one of Israel’s leading graphic designers, Dan Reizinger, designed the Delek Group’s gas stations.    The bold colors identified with Delek stations are red and green to this day.  Tambour created the two shades to meet Reizinger’s exact specifications and all the Delek stations were painted with Tambour paint.

In addition:

Tambour supplies paint for Zim’s 4 container ships and 15 container ships at Kiel.  Just imagine how much paint that was.
The Council for a Beautiful Israel held a competition for the IDF’s most beautiful base. In honor of this competition, all IDF bases were painted with Tambour paints.
All of Israel’s police stations were painted with a mocha shade of Supercryl.
Tambour has painted all of the beachfront hotels in Tel Aviv, including Kikar Atarim.
Products launched during this decade:

Electrostatic Paint Powder

Tambourtex - Paint with a special slightly sandy texture that looks like an orange peel, which became an alternative and rival of the cement schlicht paint.
Advanced Antifouling - paint for ships.

Another important aspect related to our products was the removal of heavy toxic metals from all our decorative paints for walls, wood and metal, making them eco-friendly.
Sportcoat - Special coating for tennis courts was used to paint tennis courts in Ramat Hasharon, Kiryat Shemona, Nahariya and many kibbutzim.
Supercryl M.D. - replaced Supercryl for painting of exterior walls.
Flexible Tambourflex - Highly flexible coating for building exteriors.

The slogan during this period was Tambour Paints the World


In the 1990s, the last decade of the past century, the technological world took giant strides and the digital world as we currently know it was born.  The internet and the cell phone became an integral part of the daily lives of most of the world’s residents.  Politically speaking, this was the period immediately following the Cold War, and China was just becoming an economic power and the center of global manufacturing.

Tambour also continued to develop and grow and did not rest on its laurels.  In 1991, Tambour moved over from the production of synthetic solvent-based paints to water-based paints for wood and metals.   It developed Varnit - a clear water-based lacquer for wood that replaced the solvent-based Polytone.
Supercryl 2000
Supercryl M.D. - paint for exterior walls

In 1992, Tambourmix was launched - offering an advanced shade system which was a significant breakthrough in the paint market.  Up to that point, shades were obtained using Kol-Kol, which was launched in the 1960s.  Even the new court house in Jerusalem was painted with Tambour paints.
In 1994 - Tambour introduced a shade system for industrial paints called Tikkurila.
In 1994 - Hammerlak was launched - A special paint development for painting metal. Tamgloss was also launched - a dual component paint for cement, metal and floors, designed for the difficult conditions in the Coastal Plain.  The Israel Trail is inaugurated and painted with Tambour Supercryl.

This was definitely a fruitful decade and new products were launched that enabled Tambour to take part in global projects, such as:

The painting of 5 container ships in China, which eventually made their way to Abu Dhabi - this involved a shipment of 60 containers of paint (mostly epoxy) totaling $3.5 million!
Paint was supplied for 15 container ships at Kiel Shipyards in Germany for ZIM Ltd.

In Israel, the Azrieli skyscraper complex was officially opened and became Israel’s tallest building.  The parking structure was painted with Tambour paints.  The pier at the Hadera Power Station was also painted with Tambour paints.

During this decade:

1990 - Koor sold the balance of its shares in the company (25.1%) to Ofek Projects and Investments Ltd.
1991- Acquisition of 50% of Seraphon’s shares
1992 - Acquisition of Gil Israeli Paint Marketing Company ltd. (Shamtan)
1993 - Acquisition of Gidji.
1993 - Tambour became a public company traded on the Israeli Stock Exchange.
1996 - Tambour Ecology was established - Tambour’s subsidiary for water treatment.
1997 - Tambour Rechev was established - engaged in the marketing of paint for vehicles - and Gmar Sid - synthetic lime paint for interior ceilings in apartment buildings.
1998 - Franchise contract was signed with BASF for the manufacture of car paints.

The slogan during this period - Tambour - the National Paint


The first decade of the 21st century was characterized by an increased acceleration of the globalization process as a direct result of the development of the internet.  Massive technological and human development led to significant implications such as breaking the cycle of poverty of many people around the world, primarily from third world countries.

Tambour continued to develop new products:

Supercryl - was discovered as an effective product for reviving lawns, and become a sought after product during the difficult drought of that period, in which irrigation of lawns was prohibited.
Paint effect products were developed:  Antique - paint with an old-fashioned look and Wash - a paint effect with a cloudy look.
Fantasia was launched - paint effects with a metal glaze look and Sparks - designed for metalwork painting and maintaining a shiny metal effect.
The effects field is expanded with Suede and Safari that has a wild dune look.
A special washable anti-mold acrylic paint was developed suitable for kitchen and bathroom spaces.
2007- The Schlicht revolution - Tambour began a massive campaign to market the schlicht - and a short while later, it controlled a significant market share.  It also launched the Magic Bond trowel to smoothen walls.
2008- The Acoustic Gypsum Board, FireDefender and Superboard are launched and a state-of-the-art gypsum plant was built - the most advanced of its kind in the Middle East.  The plant’s activity created a significant market share within a short period of time.  Among the prominent projects that made use of the advanced gypsum products were the Kiryat Ata Shopping Mall, the Modiin Shopping Mall, etc.

Similar to all the other decades, Tambour was involved in wide-scale projects:

The company supplied paint for 6 submarines in Kiel, for the German navy.
It painted the roofs of buildings in a disadvantaged neighborhood in Jamaica using Polygag.
It was responsible for painting Bezeq telephone boxes nationwide.
A bridge in Moscow was painted with the Tamgloss system, and a bridge in Siberia was painted with an epoxy-based Tamgloss system. 
In Israel, colorful ox sculptures were painted with Tambour paints and displayed on Rothschild Boulevard near the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.
A bridge was painted in Kimry, Russia using the Tamgloss System.
A bridge was painted in Irutzak using the Tamgloss system.
In Israel, Oranges in Holon - Sculptures of oranges painted with Tambour paints were installed citywide, and in Ramat Hasharon strawberry sculptures painted with Tambour paint.
6,000 gallons of Tambour paint were sold to a highway marking project in Krasnovsky, Russia.

In 2008 - Tambour took part in the renovation of the Habima Theater building.
In 2009 - Beit Tambour was opened - a center for every builder, renovation expert and architect.
In 2013 - The Beit Tambour concept was expanded under the name Tambour Studio offering service at 35 service centers in the periphery.

Giving Back to the Community

2004 - Bezeq Communication Boxes painted around the country.
2005- Colorful ox sculptures were painted with Tambour paints and displayed on Rothschild Boulevard near the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.
2007 - Oranges in Holon - Sculptures of oranges painted with Tambour paints were installed citywide.
2007 - Strawberries in Ramat Hasharon - strawberry sculptures were painted with Tambour paint and displayed throughout the city.
2011 - Thinking Out of the Box - A box design competition held in the spirit of the year 1975 and its slogan - See What Paint Can Do.  The ten winning designs were printed on real boxes and the proceeds from the sale of the boxes were donated to youth at-risk.

2013 - The Diaspora Museum Project - Blue and White in Color.  The public was invited to create a community mural of the future on a giant wall using paint and imagination - with the supervision of wall mural artist Max Levi Frider.

During this year, the Beit Tambour’s brand concept of offering a home to every builder, renovation expert and architect was expanded under the name Tambour Studio offering service at 35 service centers in the periphery.

Tambour also launched the Touch the Color Fan, which won the quality star at the national quality competition in the Negev and Galilee Regions. Supercryl Matte won product of the year and Tambour was awarded the Super Brand Award.


2011 - Tambour was rated Platinum on the Maaleh Index, for a period of 5 consecutive years.
2012 - Tambour was awarded the Yahalom standard mark by Maaleh.
2012 - Tambour won the Social Responsibility Award from the Israel Manufacturers Association.
2013 - Supercryl won the product of the year award
2013- Tambour won the quality star at the national quality competition in the Negev and Galilee Regions.
2013- Tambour was awarded the Super Brand Award.
The slogan for this period - Put Some Color into Your Life, See What Color Can Do


Tambour is approaching its 100th anniversary of activity.  The company’s current owner is Kusto - a multi-national corporation specializing in the fields of infrastructure and building materials.  The company’s main activities are in manufacturing, import and export of paint, including paints for walls, wood and metal, paints for cars, aviation and ships, flame retardant paints, light and heavy maintenance paints, exterior coatings, paints for road marking, etc.  It also produces finishing and construction materials such as gypsum boards and blocks, glues for wood and textiles, concrete additions, tunneling materials, concrete rehabilitation,  sealants, insulation products, acoustic ceilings, tiles, wallpaper, etc.  The company runs production sites in Acco, Migdal Haemek and Gesher, and in the south, in Ashkelon and Nitzanei Oz.  Its headquarters is in Netanya.

Tambour has a number of subsidiaries:

Tamboard - A company engaged in the manufacture and sale of gypsum products
Tzah Serafon - Specializes in the manufacture of building materials, cement, plaster, glues and emulsions.
Gesher Gypsum 2006 Ltd. - Manufactures gypsum plaster and gypsum-based building products
Tambour Rechev - a company engaged in the field of paints for cars, etc.

2014 - Tambour extensively launches the Touch the Color fan - with 1,650 colors shades
2015 - Rebranding - As part of the Tambour Group’s plans for strategic development, a comprehensive rebranding process was created to preserve Tambour’s historic values, using the dominant red color and the familiar icon, looking forward to the future as one company - offering a holistic solution for the home.  Part of this process included the redesign of the Tambour packaging.

Tambour launched an innovative service called Designers at Your Home - where professional designers come to the customer’s home and together they make design dreams a reality with paint.

Giving Back to the Community

2014 - Thinking Out of the Box Project
2014 - Larger than Life - Tambour painted a building at Tel Hashomer Hospital designed for children with cancer and their families during their extended treatments.
2014 - Benches in cities of Tel Aviv-Jaffa and Modiin were painted by local artists
2015 - Go Yarkon - a social athletic group-building activity.  Tambour was the main sponsor for this sports competition organized and run by the Tel Aviv Municipality.


2014 -Tambour won the Super Brand Award for the second time
2015 - Supercryl Supermatte won Product of the Year for the second time
2015 - Tambour won the Super Brand award
2015 - Tambour won the Grand Effie, at the Effie Awards Competition

This period’s slogan - Only Tambour in My House