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Dunlop
Subsidiary
IndustryAutomotive
FoundedBirmingham, England (1889)
FounderJohn Boyd Dunlop
Headquarters
Akron, Ohio
,
United States
Areas served
North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand
ProductsTyres
ParentGoodyear Tire and Rubber Company
Websitedunloptires.com (US)
dunlop.eu (Europe)
www.dunloptyres.com.au (Australia)
www.dunloptyres.co.za (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 several other Asian countries (Japan, China, Indonesia, Thailand and Russia), Africa and Latin America (except Mexico) it is operated 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 US$131 million investment for the upgrade and expansion of its Dunlop tire manufacturing plant in Ladysmith, South Africa.[6]

Sport tyres
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.

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Anthony: Hey, this is Anthony with RevZilla TV, where you can watch, decide and ride. Welcome to our Dunlop Tire Guide and Brand Overview at RevZilla.com. Now, from Dunlop, a premiere tire manufacturer, Dunlop has a long and storied history. In this video, I'm going to walk through the five main categories of Dunlop tires. Hopefully, demystify them quickly for you and give you a starting point. Remember, we have a video on all of these tires, and their families of tires. But really, what you need to know, the key things about Dunlop, besides the fact that they make premium tires, Dunlop makes and tests and develops its tires, here, in North America. In the U.S., for that matter, the only major tire manufacturer to do so. They have their proving grounds in Huntsville, Alabama. They design, they test down there, and they're manufacturing in the states. They make OEM tires for Harley Davidson, Harley approved tires, really a wide range. And remember, you can watch any of these videos. Let's quickly walk through the five main families of tire from Dunlop. Starting on my left, I have the Roadsmart II, which is a sport touring tire for your commuter, VFR, your versus. This is a mixture of sport and longevity, with great wet season performance. This is the Roadsmart II. Great commuter tire, as well. Moving underneath that, we have the super-premium sport tire, I'm going to call it the hyper sport tire. It's the Sportmax Q2 Tire. Now, there's also a Sportmax Qualifier, which is your more economical sport tire. Sportmax Q2's dual compound, uses the IRP technology, which I explained in that video. Again, there's also a Sportmax D211, which is your trackside, race only tire. Again, a full family of Sportmax tires from Dunlop. The Q2 is by far the most popular and the most versatile. Moving on from there, let's talk about off road for a second. This tire's actually the D606, you wouldn't believe it, but it's a dual sport tire. Eighty percent off road, 20% on road. You're getting the benefits and outing for a smaller bike. For bigger off roading, your TR91. For full scale off roading, you're looking at something like the Geomax Tire, which Dunlop has a full line of motocross tires. Start there. The other big key category of tire are your bigger bikes. I am not going to call Harley Davidson a cruiser. I'm going to call a Harley a HD or a V-Twin, and with that tire, you're going to have three different tires that work within that line, that are Harley approved, developed in conjunction with Harley Davidson. All the way on the bottom, are the American Elite, for newer style touring Harley Davidsons, from '09 on. For Harley Davidsons that are going to be a lighter weight, like your Sportster, their non-touring bikes, you have the 401 from Dunlop, the D401. And then for your 2008 and older models, for touring bikes, you have your D402. When you get into the metric cruiser world, then you have your Elite 3. One tire to rule them all, from Dunlop, in the metric cruiser world, and they'll cover all of your bikes. Now again, you're looking at tires with different compounds, with different uses, developed in North America, dating all the way back, you have to remember that John Boyd Dunlop was the guy that invented the pneumatic tire in the 1920's. The technology started all the way back in the 1880's, in Dublin. Again, elite tire, premium tire, competing with most of the other key manufactures like Michelin, Metzler, Pirelli. And what you need to know, is that we're here, and we have videos for all of these. So, keep your questions coming, and see us at RevZilla.com or 877-792-9455. We're here to work you through any of the different options or questions you have about the tire you're choosing. And as always, leave us your comments on the Product Page, on our YouTube page at RevZilla TV, where you could be watching this, where you can subscribe to all of the latest gear reviews and guides, we're constantly rolling out. And leave us your comments in your feedback. We're always happy to hear your opinion of the tires, what your experience has been, and any other questions you might have. Remember, anything at RevZilla over $39 bucks ships for free, exchange for free. No restock fee. If you need, send it back to us, and get our TeamZilla Cash, which is our loyalty program dollars. Save you some money on your next order, on any order that you place, which is over $100 bucks. Thank you for watching our Dunlop Tire Guide and Brand Overview. We hope we've demystified the families of tires from Dunlop for you. Find the full range at RevZilla.com/dunlop. I'm Anthony. We'll see you next time.

Contents

Fort Dunlop

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

References

  1. ^ "Dunlop Info". Dunlop Tires. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  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.
  6. ^ "SRI Group". www.srigroup.co.za. Retrieved 7 December 2018.

Further reading

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