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Dunlop Tyres Motorsport-in Birmingham may close ending a long history in the City

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Dunlop tyres Motorsport division was a memorable visit for me in the 60s

So, the Dunlop Tyres Motorsport division always brings back great memories for me . In the sixties a local would would be racing driver called Paul Craven wanted us to obtain some Dunlop racing sliks for his racing car (i think it was F2 racing but I am not sure)

Of course. Paul was the wealthy son of a Company that made building breeze blocks. Importantly, out of waste from the local coal fired power station (now pulled down).

In those days I worked for the local National tyres in Dewsbury West Yorkshire UK, and I was chosen to go to the  sports division in Birmingham the West Midlands. This was in pre-motorway days and the journey would have been about four hours. We did not have sat-navs then but I finally found the giant  tyre factory. In those days we did not ever travel far away from our small tyre depot. So I was very excited. The guys at the factory were very helpful and showed me round the racing division, the rally tyres and the F1 tyres and of course the ones that I had to collect were loaded onto my van and off I went back North, a great day out.

The  factory was now becoming old and was systemically dismantled over the coming years and the tyres were made in other parts of the World, only the racing division remained.

  Dunlop Tyres Motorsport now to close

Read more…

 “Fears for future of Dunlop Tyres Motorsport in Birmingham; Birmingham Mail NILGOSC claimed that its proposed development will employ about 140 people, but the Dunlop Motorsport unit, off Ashold Farm Road, currently employs 303 people, many of them highly skilled”…http://www.birminghammail.net/news/top-stories/2012/10/12/fears-for-future-of-dunlop-motorsport-in-birmingham-97319-32016092/

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Dunlop Sports Maxx Tyres-A tyre for the sporting car and driving enthusiast

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Dunlop Sports Maxx Tyres

6 reasons to buy Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tyres

  1. Excellent grip and handling: The Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tyres are designed to provide excellent grip and handling on both wet and dry roads.
  2. Enhanced stability: The tyre’s tread pattern and construction are engineered to provide enhanced stability at high speeds and when cornering.
  3. Long tread life: The tyre’s tread is formulated to wear evenly, which helps to extend its overall tread life.
  4. Quiet ride: The tyre’s tread design and construction help to reduce road noise, resulting in a quiet and comfortable ride.
  5. High-performance capabilities: The Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tyre is designed for high-performance vehicles and provides excellent traction and handling in a variety of driving conditions.
  6. Wide range of sizes available: The tyre is available in a wide range of sizes to fit a variety of vehicle types and sizes.

Dunlop Sports Maxx Tyres; launch a new bread of “sports TYRES”

Dunlop is a brand of tyres that has a long history dating back to the late 19th century. Of course, it has always been known as a great British company. Firstly, the company was founded by John Boyd Dunlop, a Scottish veterinarian. So, the first practical pneumatic tyre was developed in 1888. The tyre was invented to improve the ride of his son’s tricycle. However, it quickly gained popularity and was soon being used on bicycles and other vehicles.

In the early 20th century, Dunlop expanded its operations to include the production of car tyres. Over the years, the company has continued to innovate and develop new tyre technologies. Including the introduction of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tyre in the late 1990s.

This is the person I started my first tire-related job with. So, the period from 1960 to the early 1970s would be one of great acquisitions for the major tyre companies. exhilarated by the fact that the working man could now afford to buy his first car.

Companies such as Dunlop started a spending spree

Of course, buying out small and medium tyre retailers across the United Kingdom. This was to build a nationwide business to sell their particular brand of tyres. Dunlop developed many types of tyres throughout the seventies and eighties, including the SP Sport Maxx.

The SP Sport Maxx is a high-performance tyre that was designed for use on sports cars and other high-performance vehicles. It has a directional tread pattern, a special compound for better grip and handling, and a number of other high-tech features that make it perform and handle better than other tyres.

Today, Dunlop is a well-known and respected brand in the tyre industry, and its products are used on a wide range of vehicles around the world. The company has a wide range of tyres for cars, SUVs, trucks, buses, and more, and it continues to be on the cutting edge of tyre technology and innovation.

Dunlop Sports Maxx Tyres also introduce the Sports Maxx RT (Race Tyre)      

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Dunlop Tyres-One the founder and therefore earliest tyre companies and still a great tyre company.

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Dunlop Tyres

It was back in 1888 in Scotland. Thus, when the pneumatic tyres were invented by John Boyd Dunlop. Yet, another great British invention. He was working on his son’s bicycle at the time. Hence, he came up an inflated rubber tube filled with air. Of course, it was fitted around a metal rim for comfort. Hence, the rubber tyre was born. This invention paved the way for the future of the great company we now know as Dunlop tyres.

In 1985 Dunlop were bought by BTR plc and later a Japanese company Sumitomo were given the rights to make tyres under the Dunlop tyres road brand, it then started producing tyres in its UK subsidiary under the Dunlop Tyres Ltd name.

In 1999, the Sumitomo group began talks with Goodyear tyres and Goodyear bought a 75% stake in the company. Sumitomo carried on making Dunlop products in Japan and Goodyear made Dunlop in North America.

Motorsport tyre introduced

In 2006, The new tyre company stopped making tyres here in the UK. Motorsport tyres are still produced out of their Birmingham UK factory, turning out about 300,000 specialist tyres a year.

The old factory can still be seen from the M6 motorway as you travel through Birmingham but it is a shadow of its former self, joining in with the rest of the decline of British manufacturing in the UK, very sad, I have had many visits to the old tyre factory in its former glory days but now the tyre products are produced in China, Poland and Slovenia, not a British product anymore.

 Goodyear Dunlop tyres also own two smaller tyre companies,

 Fulda and Sava both brands that we used to sell in past and are good quality tyres. Goodyear tyres now operate from offices in Luxembourg and Brussels, who report to the main head office which is still in Akron USA.