All started by Charles Goodyear in the USA.
Accordingly, Goodyear Tyre Company had its seeds with Inventor Charles Goodyear in 1834. Charles first invented a tyre valve ! But was unable to impress any other business with his invention. Subsequently, he could not get financial backing. Goodyear tried for many years to transform the smelly gum that came from Brazil. Of course, into any kind of rubber product. Significantly, Charles desperately needed a new type of powder ! That would soak up the wetness of the rubber.
He was getting very desperate and one day bumped into a boyhood friend . Who had a small amount of capital to invest in Goodyear’s experiments. So, he started using magnesium as a drying agent. For the rubber and with the help of his family made hundreds of pairs of waterproof overshoes; I suppose they were similar to the ones that we get today for gardening. The problem came with the summer heat, before he could put them on the market and sell them; the whole lot melted because of the heat, the family were devastated.
Undeterred he carried on with his experiments
Naturally, started to add quicklime and magnesium and also boiling the mixture. Of course, his endeavors were getting closer and closer to the rubber that he wanted. Charles was then making rubber ornaments and started to paint them and decorate them in any way he could. One day he was trying to clean the paint of one of his pieces with nitric acid and later discovered that the acid had affected the rubber making it turn black and smoother, this was the best rubber he had ever made.
After several more years of failure and wasted backers money Goodyear was no further on. He couldn’t get the process of “vulcanisation” and all his work kept melting in the heat. Charles became destitute and for the next years suffered many setbacks in his life.
He carried on with his experiments and finally achieved his best result when he applied steam, under pressure for up to six hours at a temperature of about 270 degrees F. This was his best rubber mix yet and his wealthy brother in law became interested in Goodyear tyres award product to use in his textile mills making shirts using the rubber on the ruffles made for “dandies”. This sparked off a great demand for rubber products.
At the time Goodyear could have become a millionaire, but he was still more interested in making other products from his new found invention. Rubber was to become what plastic is today. Go0dyear eventually died in 1860 in poverty, but later the loyalties from his rubber products kept his family in relative comfort…More Reading… http://www.goodyear.com/corporate/history/history_story.html
Charles Goodyear not related to the Goodyear tyres and rubber company.
The Goodyear Car Tyres company had nothing to do with Charles Goodyear but continued to grow into one of the largest tyre companies in the world. The rubber industry will be employing over 300,000 people in the USA alone.
Goodyear tyres award in my opinion is truly a great company and has received many honours in its time for product innovation creating over 324 inventions between 2010 and 2012. Because of this they have been awarded the prestigious accolade of being one of the top innovators, by Thomson Reuters…http://thomsonreuters.com/. Truly a worthy tribute to a great tyre company.
Article by Eric Roberts
Hi I would like to introduce myself. So, I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Having worked for a couple for national tyre companies. Of course, in my younger days. Before starting my first automotive business. Now owning a garage and MOT testing centre. Luckily, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. A keen blogger about anything to do with cars. Including their related products that will help my business. Members of Point-S and Trading Standards . Finally, we are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.