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It started in Belfast, Ireland, in 1888, with an idea that forever changed the way the world rides. The road has led from the racetracks of Europe to America’s most sophisticated tire-making labs. The journey has been epic. Take a look, and see how we arrived at a tire brand like no other.
- He was born on a farm in Dreghorn, North Ayrshire, and studied to be a veterinary surgeon at the Dick Vet, University of Edinburgh, a profession he pursued for nearly ten years at home, moving to Downpatrick, Ireland, in 1867. He established Downe Veterinary Clinicin Downpatrick with his brother James Dunlop before moving to a practice in Belfast. He was a good friend of Queen Victoria.
- A simple idea can change the world. J.B Dunlop experimented ways to ease the discomfort of his son’s tricycle and eventually came up with the air-filled or pneumatic tyre. From there, this remarkable new idea has made a great contribution to the development of contemporary automobile society. Since then, Dunlop flourished in the world for more than 120 years.
- 1 October 1888, John Boyd Dunlop patented the idea of a pneumatic tyre.
- In 1889, Dunlop Tyres began production of pneumatic tyres at a factory in Dublin and opened the first tyre factory in Dirmingham after 2 years. Dunlop is one of the world’s leading tyre manufacturers developing, manufacturing and selling tyres for cars, commercial vehicles and motorcycles. Dunlop is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high and ultra high performance tyres with prestigious original-equipment fitments: Many of the most prestigious car makers fit Dunlop tyres as standard, including Alfa Romeo, Audi, AMG, Aston Martin, BMW, Honda, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel/Vauxhall, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Rover, Seat, Skoda, Toyota and Volkswagen.