Dunlop Tyres Declining
Bicycles the first for Dunlop
So, In the days of Queen Victoria! Britain was going full steam ahead in the industrialized nation that we had become. Inventions were arising thick and fast.
In the year of 1889 cam a patent from John B Dunlop. His company was founded in Dublin. Subsequently, was called the Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Co Ltd. Dunlops company manufactures his very own patent! Called the Pneumatic tyre. Importantly, in those days just for the bicycle.
So, the bike was getting very popular in those days. Well informed people were starting to form clubs for racing. Strikingly, a famous racer in those days was called Willie Hume .Winning seven races on the new Dunlop tyres. Word soon spread, and full production started in 1890 in Belfast Northern Ireland.
Dunlop were able to open up similar businesses in Europe and North America and opened a factory in Australia.They then began having financial difficulties and indeed had to sell off the overseas operations. Furthermore, to this day The company had to split and in Australia they have been a separate company, both making different brands using the same name.
Dunlop UK then opened a large factory in Birmingham the UK. In a short time they started the production of car tyres. Importantly, the Birmingham plant became known as “Fort Dunlop” . Of course, a very famous part of the Birmingham Brummy landscape. I visited the fort many times in the past! Importantly, I was always made to feel very welcome. Consequently, they became a very rich company. Having had Worldwide operations in distribution. Manufacturing included owning their rubber plantations in Ceylon and Malaya.
In the 1930s Dunlop went into making other products
In the 1930s Dunlop Began diversifying into other rubber products, these were latex, golf balls, and other sporting equipment. They also started making rubber boots and “O” rings. In 1950 they then started making and supplying tyres for Formula 1 cars.
In 1971 Dunlop merged with Italian tyre giants Pirelli to form the biggest companies in the world. By 1984 they once again started with financial difficulties and the company was sold to Sumitomo Rubber Industries of Japan. The tyre brand name was split up over three groups and also all the other products that Dunlop made such as sports goods were sold off to various other companies. That just about brings us up to date, Dunlop and Goodyear now trade under the same brand names with the same parent company and made in different factories around the World.
Moving forward to 2019 ! Dunlop tyres are in decline. In my opinion Dunlop are certainly not the force they once were. Of course like anything else new tyre companies have moved ahead. Stealing the older tyre companies business with new ideas an enthusiasm. Of course , I am a keen follower of the Dunlop brand and in fact sell many Dunlop Tyres from my Halifax retail depot.
About Eric Roberts
Hi, I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. Happily, I used to work for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Now owning a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.