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Dunlop Rubber Co

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of 150 to 152 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC. Works: Para Mills, Aston Cross, Birmingham (1914)

as Dunlop Rubber Co. Ltd - Goods Division of Fort Dunlop, Erdington, Birmingham, and of Cambridge Street, Manchester. Telephone Central (Manchester) 2131. Telegraphic Address: "Rubber, Manchester". (1937)

as Dunlop Clothing and Weatherproofs Ltd of Bridport Road, Edmonton, London, N18. (1947)

as Dunlop Rubber Co Dunlopillo Division, Rice Lane, Walton, Liverpool. (1947)

as Dunlop Rubber Co. Ltd (Sports Division) of St. James's House, St. James's Street, London, SW1. (1929 and 1947) Sole Distributors of Sports Goods of Dunlop Rubber Co.

General

1889 The name Dunlop Rubber Company was first used for a private company created to serve as one of the manufacturing units for the Pneumatic Tyre and Booths Cycle Agency Ltd [1].

1907 In a re-structuring of the Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Co, that company set up a new Dunlop Rubber Co by offering existing shareholders the opportunity to subscribe for shares to provide capital for the new company [2].

1912 August. Financial issues between the company and the Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Co. It was agreed to amalgamate the two companies [3] with transfer of assets and goodwill to this company [4]. The Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Co would change its name to the Parent Tyre Co to avoid confusion as it continued to pay dividends to its shareholders [5].

1912 Purchased 200 acres of land to build Fort Dunlop. [6]

c.1913 Acquired Coventry Rim and Wheel Co; formation of Dunlop Rim and Wheel Co as a subsidiary[7].

1914 Established Castleton Mills to manufacture the fabric which would be the foundation of Dunlop pneumatic tyres.

1914 Manufacturers of Dunlop pneumatic tyres for motors and cycles. [8]

1919 New issue of shares. A. L. Ormrod is Chairman, [9]

1925 Eric Geddes is chairman. Issue of shares [10] to pay for acquisition of various companies which would broaden the business into general rubber goods trade:

1927 Stand No. 113 at the 1927 Motor Cycle and Cycle Show at Olympia.[11]

1929 British Industries Fair Advert for Tennis Machine, Balls, Rackets; Racket Presses; Golf Balls; Hockey Sticks; Bowls; Football Bladders; Sundries. (Sports Goods Section - Stand No. B.16) [12]

1931 Colour image on this page. [13]

1931 Dunlop Rubber Company went into liquidation.

1933 Concentration into 4 divisions. As a result a number of the subsidiary companies were liquidated with their business carried on by the parent company: [14]

1935 Eric Geddes is Chairman. [15]

1935 Mr H. L. Kenward (see May 1935 image) is the Sales Director for the Dunlop Rubber Co and has also been elected President of the Motor Trade Association.

1937 British Industries Fair Advert for Industrial and Mechanical Rubber Goods. Driving, Conveyor and elevator Belting hose. Anti-corrosion rubber. rubber Rollers. Rubber Blocks for road lines and pedestrian crossings. Rubber Flooring. Gloves. (Engineering/Metals/Quarry, Roads and Mining/Transport Section - Stand No. D.609) [16]

1938 J. George Beharrell (Chairman); C. A. Proctor and John L. Collyer are joint MD appointed this year. Other directors include Clive L. Ballieu and S. Hardman Lever [17]

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

1947 British Industries Fair Advert for Clothing (at Earls Court: Ground Floor, Stand No. 240) including Rainwear, Sportswear, Leisurewear, Skiwear; Sports Equipment (at Olympia: 1st Floor, Stand No. F.1805) for Tennis, Golf, Badminton, Squash, Hockey, Table Tennis, Darts; Dunlopillo (at Earls Court: 1st Floor, Stand No. 679) for Latex foam cushioning, Mattresses, furniture upholstery, cushions, hospital equipment; Industrial (at Birmingham) for Rubber Goods, Belting, Hose, Anti-corrosion rubber, Gloves, Rubber Floors. (Textiles Section) [18]

1959 Acquired Slazenger and John Bull Rubber Co[19]

1961 Group employees are 100,000. Sales in 1959 were £261m. Manufacture tyres, tubes, brakes, aviation equipment, adhesives, flooring, footwear, hose, belting, rubber goods, sports goods and marine equipment. [20]

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Car tyres and tools. [21]

1968 Testing of aircraft tyres at Fort Dunlop. [22]

1968 Queen's Award to Industry for Export Achievement. [23]

The company once had extensive manufacturing operations in the UK. With the closure of the Washington plant in 2006, Goodyear Dunlop have ceased mainstream tyre production in the UK. There is still a bespoke Motorsport manufacturing site on a corner of the original Fort Dunlop factory in Erdington, Birmingham, opened in 1891, which supports specialised vintage, motorcycle and touring car tyre production. The factory produces around 300,000 specialised Racing tyres per year which are shipped all over the globe.

The main Birmingham site has been extensively redeveloped with a modern shopping centre (The Fort Shopping Centre) and several logistics warehouses. The iconic former head office building is being redeveloped into a combined residential, office and hotel complex. This can be observed between junction 5 and 6 of the M6, on the east side of the motorway.

Dunlopillo

See Dunlop Rubber Co: Dunlopillo

Notes

Robert William Thomson (1822 - 1873) invented the actual first vulcanised rubber pneumatic tyre. Thomson patented his pneumatic tyre in 1845, his invention worked well but was too costly to catch on.

[4] Manchester Archives. Records, 1930s-1950s: correspondence and articles on the company’s war work; report of a visit to its factories in South Africa, 1955; photographs including the Gaythorn plant, Manchester, the Gateshead factory, Newcastle upon Tyne, and barrage balloon production and workers. These records can be found in the personal papers of Charles Hemm, Director of the company. (M536/)

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Sources of Information

  1. National Archives [1]
  2. The Times, Wednesday, Mar 13, 1907
  3. The Times, Saturday, Aug 17, 1912
  4. The Times, Saturday, Aug 31, 1912
  5. The Times, 12 February 1913
  6. The Times, Tuesday, Dec 02, 1919
  7. National Archives [2]
  8. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  9. The Times, Tuesday, Dec 02, 1919
  10. The Times, 16 December 1925
  11. Bicycling News
  12. 1929 British Industries Fair Advert 140; and p53
  13. [3] History World
  14. The Times, 30 August 1933
  15. The Times, Friday, May 10, 1935
  16. 1937 British Industries Fair Advert p618; and p356
  17. The Times, Wednesday, Apr 06, 1938
  18. 1947 British Industries Fair Advert 462; and p88
  19. The Times, Jan 07, 1959
  20. 1961 Guide to Key British Enterprises
  21. 1963 Motor Show
  22. The Engineer of 22nd March 1968 p477
  23. The Engineer of 26th April 1968 p650
  • [5] Wikipedia