Dunlop Tyres


  • George Rietbergen
  • Annette Grams
  • Evelyne Friday
  • Frank Titz

Dunlop is one of the world's most famous tire brands. Today, Dunlop is active for motor vehicles of various kinds in the fields of development, production and sale of tires. Since 1999, the brand is part of a global joint venture of Sumitomo Rubber Industries, which is the sole parent, and the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.


The origins of the brand date back to the Scottish Dunlop tires pioneer John Boyd Dunlop, who in 1888 registered the first patent for the bicycle tires. After the founding of the first Dunlop plant in Ireland one years was founded later in 1893 Hanau, the first overseas branch under the name " The Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Co. Ltd. and ". Co-founder of this company was the Frankfurt bicycle manufacturer Heinrich Kleyer.

Other significant innovations were 1908, the development of the first tire with metal studs, the forerunner of the spikes often used in the sixties. 1922 was tripled with the introduction of the cord fabric in the tire cover tire life. In 1959, Dunlop introduces its first slat profile. A year later, Dunlop researchers discovered a hitherto unexplained phenomenon of aquaplaning. Then tires could be developed that have the ability to dissipate through cuts in the design and openings in the side galleries the water. Even in the development of steel-belted tires Dunlop 1972 was involved with the steel belt tires 60 series.

1981 Dunlop achieved global sales of 1.68 billion U.S. dollars and had a global market share of 5.6 percent.

In September 1983, Dunlop sold its European tire factories to the Japanese Sumitomo Rubber Industries without the subsidiary " Dunlop France", which then went bankrupt.

More recent developments include the first radial tire in ultra - lightweight ( ULW ) In 1994, the development of the Instant Mobility System ( IMS) as a replacement for the spare tire or the first DSST tire, a self-supporting runflat tire in 1998. Belongs to the latter also the tire pressure warning system Warnair: This quickly detects air pressure drops from 30 percent, and are indicated to the driver via audible or visual signs.

Dunlop is also involved for a long time in motorsport. For example, from 2000 to 2010 in the DTM.

German locations

The German branch Goodyear Dunlop Tires Germany supplied with a share of about 80 percent of total sales in the German market, but in addition also large parts of Europe.

Production sites are located in the following:

The daily production of the works amounts to more than 30,000 tires. The annual turnover is around 1.4 billion euros ( 2000). The number of employees is approximately 4600th The German headquarters is now located in Hanau.