Dunlop Tyres

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FoundedBirmingham, England (1889)
FounderJohn Boyd Dunlop
Akron, Ohio
United States
Areas served
North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand
ParentGoodyear Tire and Rubber Company (US) (Europe) (Australia) (South Africa)

Dunlop is a brand of tyres owned by various companies around the world. Founded by pneumatic tyre pioneer John Boyd Dunlop in Birmingham, England in 1889, it is owned and operated by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.[1] In India the brand is owned by Dunlop India Ltd. whose parent company is the Ruia Group.[2] In Asia (Japan, China, Indonesia, Thailand and Russia), Africa and Latin America (except Mexico) by Sumitomo Rubber Industries.[3]

In 1985, Dunlop Rubber Company was acquired by BTR plc, and Sumitomo acquired the rights to manufacture and market Dunlop branded road tyres. Sumitomo did not acquire any Dunlop company; in 1997 Sumitomo gained agreement to use the Dunlop name in its corporate name, and changed the name of its UK subsidiary to Dunlop Tyres Ltd.

In 1999 Sumitomo and Goodyear began a joint venture by which Sumitomo continued to manufacture all Japanese-made tyres under the Dunlop name, while Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company bought 75% of the European and North American tyre businesses of Sumitomo.[4]

The company has extensive manufacturing operations throughout the world, with the closure of the Washington plant in 2006, Goodyear Dunlop ceased mainstream car and lorry tyre production in the UK.[5]

In 2016 it was announced that Sumitomo Rubber Industries would commence the second phase of its $131 Million (USD) investment for the upgrade and expansion of its Dunlop tire manufacturing plant at Ladysmith, in South Africa.[6]

Sport tyres

Until May 2014 Goodyear Dunlop occupied a compact part of the site with their British main office; in the UK, the company operates as a sales organisation, importing tyres from manufacturing plants around the world, including China, Slovenia and Poland.

The Goodyear Dunlop joint venture is managed from sites in Luxembourg and Brussels, which report to Goodyear in Akron, Ohio, United States.


Dunlop employs multiple patented technologies to ensure performance of their tyres. Tyres that are made for different applications are built based on certain technologies.

  • Noise Shield Technology. It allows cutting interior sound level by up to 50%[7]. The technology involves bonding an advanced polyurethane foam layer inside of the tyre in order to reduce noise. to the tyre's inner surface to reduce interior vehicle noise, without compromising performance capabilities.
  • Multi Blade System. Tyres that feature this system are developed for safe and convenient drive in winter, the structure of such winter tyres features several types of blades, each of them is suitable for particular winter driving conditions.
  • Specific Bead Seat System. This technology was developed for precise driving experience, it strengthens the connection between the tyre and rim for firmer construction, increased stability and maximum give you maximum control, a more precise driving experience and outstanding road feedback.
  • RunOnFlat Tyres. Dunlop developed this technology in order to allow travelling certain distance (up to 50 miles) even if a tyre has got a puncture, these tyres, however, are allowed to use only on the vehicles that are designed for run-flat tyres and feature TPMS.

Fort Dunlop[edit]

Fort Dunlop was a motorsport manufacturing operation located in a corner of the original Dunlop factory in Erdington, Birmingham, established in 1891 until May 2014. This factory produced specialised vintage, motorcycle and touring car tyres, and produced about 300,000 specialised racing tyres per year, on 30 May 2014, the Birmingham factory ceased tyre production, ending Dunlop tyre production in the UK.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dunlop Info". Dunlop Tires. Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  2. ^ DUNLOP. DUNLOP. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Apollo Tyres sells South African business to Sumitomo Rubber for Rs 340 crore". The Economic Times. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  4. ^ Goodyear form 10-Q for quarter ended June 30, 1999, p.28
  5. ^ a b Brown, John Murray; Foy, Henry (18 March 2014). "Dunlop plant closure announcement branded cynical". Financial Times. Retrieved 19 March 2014. (Subscription required (help)).
  6. ^ "SRI Group". Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  7. ^ "Dunlop Technology". 2017.

Further reading[edit]

  • Tompkins, Eric (1981). The History of the Pneumatic Tyre. Dunlop Archive Project. ISBN 0-903214-14-8.