Dunlop (tire manufacturer)

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Subsidiary in Germany: Goodyear Dunlop Tires Germany

legal form GmbH
founding 1889
Seat Hanau , Germany
  • Jürgen Titz
  • Christoph Maas
  • Christian Niebling
  • Sturmius Wehner
Number of employees 4600 (2006/07)
sales 370 million (2006/07)
Branch tires

Dunlop SP Sport Maxx (DTM tires from 2004)
Tires Dunlop SP Sport 01 on a light metal rim of Volkswagen in the dimension 235/55 R 17 (2017)
Preference shares of the parent company Dunlop Pneumatic Tire Company Ltd. dated May 23, 1912
Bicycle tire with Dunlop valve from 1904

Dunlop is one of the world's most famous tire brands . Today, Dunlop is active worldwide in the development, production and sale of tires for motor vehicles of all kinds. Since 1999, the brand was part of a global joint venture of the companies Sumitomo Rubber Industries and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company . The joint venture was dissolved at the end of 2015. The worldwide trademark rights were divided according to the agreement, in Europe excluding Russia, Australia and New Zealand the brand goes entirely to Goodyear, in North America (USA, Canada and Mexico) Goodyear holds the Dunlop brand for the free tire market and for original equipment of new vehicles, except for Japanese makes. Sumitomo holds the rights here, also in general for motorcycle tires. Sumitomo holds the rights to the Dunlop tire brand in all of Latin America except Mexico, in all of Asia except India and in all of Africa. The Indian Ruia Group holds the trademark rights in India. In January 2017, Sumitomo Rubber Industries also acquired the trademark rights to the Dunlop Sports brand, under which sporting goods, especially sportswear, are sold.


The origins of the Dunlop brand go back to the Scottish tire pioneer John Boyd Dunlop , who applied for the first patent for the pneumatic bicycle tire in 1888. After the first Dunlop plant was founded in Ireland in 1889, the first foreign subsidiary was founded four years later in Hanau, Hesse, under the name “The Dunlop Pneumatic Tire Co. GmbH”. The Frankfurt bicycle manufacturer Heinrich Kleyer was a co-founder of this company .

Other major innovations were the development of the first tire with metal rivets in 1908, the forerunner of the spikes often used in the 1960s . In 1922, with the introduction of cord fabric in the tire cover, the service life of tires tripled. In 1959, Dunlop presented its first sipe profile. A year later, scientists at Dunlop researched the previously unexplained phenomenon of aquaplaning . As a result, tires were developed that could drain the water through cuts in the profile and openings in the side lugs. From 1972 Dunlop also manufactured steel belted tires ( 60 series ).

In 1981 Dunlop had worldwide sales of 1.68 billion US dollars and a world 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 .

The more recent developments include the first radial tire in ultra-lightweight construction (ULW) in 1994, the development of the Instant Mobility System (IMS) as a replacement for the spare wheel or the first DSST tire, a self-supporting tire with run-flat properties in 1998. The latter includes also the Warnair tire pressure warning system : This detects air pressure losses of 30 percent and more in a very short time and signals this to the driver via acoustic or optical signals.

The company has also been involved in motorsport for a long time. For example, from 2000 to 2010 inclusive in the DTM .

In October 2016, the company announced that it would close the plant in Philippsburg , where around 900 people are employed. Production at the plant was stopped in July 2017.

German locations

The German subsidiary Goodyear Dunlop Tires Germany supplies around 80 percent of total sales to the German market, but also to large parts of Europe.

Production sites are located in:

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

Web links

Commons : Dunlop Tires  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Electronic Federal Gazette, November 28, 2008, annual financial statements for the business year from November 1, 2006 to October 31, 2007
  2. Goodyear and Sumitomo Rubber Industries complete the worldwide divorce. Neue Reifenenzeitung , June 4, 2015, accessed on June 11, 2015 .
  3. Sport Direct sells the Dunlop Sports Brand Report on dated January 3, 2017, accessed February 4, 2017
  4. Almost 900 jobs on the dump - Goodyear closes tire plant in Philippsburg., October 24, 2016, accessed on July 20, 2017 .
  5. Last tire produced in Philippsburg - premature end., July 17, 2017, accessed on July 20, 2017 .
  6. Worldwide Facilities. Goodyear Corporate, accessed June 30, 2014 .