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Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Co

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of 14 Regent Street, London

of 14 and 16 Holloway head, Birmingham (1896)

of Alma Street, Coventry (1896)

1896 May[1] [2]. The Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Company Limited was registered on 6 May, to take over the business of the Pneumatic Tyre Co as well as acquire the Clincher patents from Palmer Tyre Ltd and Westwood Rim patents and machinery for their manufacture which was then owned by the Cycle Components Manufacturing Co Ltd together with licences for manufacturing same which had been granted to the Stafford Manufacturing Co Ltd, Barton and Loudon, and the Westwood Manufacturing Co Ltd[3]. The company was one of those promoted by E. T. Hooley[4]. The directors were:

The shareholders listed were

1896, at the age of 56, John Boyd Dunlop transferred control of the patent and the company to William Harvey Du Cros. In return he was given 1,500 shares in the new company, which still bore his name, and he retired to Dublin. [5]

1896 Dunlop Cycle Co was formed by Dunlop. The name was later changed because of conflict of interest in making pneumatic tyres as well as bicycles. The new name chosen for its bicycle producing arm made use of the Ariel trademark, which had been acquired with an earlier acquisition by Dunlop. The result was the Ariel Cycle Co[6]. Advertising referred to "Ariel late Dunlop"[7]

1897 Had recently acquired the Bartlett (Clincher) tyre patent from the North British Rubber Co[8]

1897 Settled legal dispute with the Clipper Tyre Co by licensing the Bartlett (Clincher) and Westood Rim patents to that company[9]

1897 onward. Very litigous period as they tried to defend their patents.

1900. Settled legal dispute with Palmer Tyre. [10]

1901 Purchased the Rubber Tyre Manufacturing Co[11]

1901 Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Co bought the Clipper Pneumatic Tyre Co, which had premises in Alma Street, next door to Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Co's fire engine house.

1902 Initially the Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Co sub-contracted manufacture but by 1902 it had its own manufacturing subsidiary in Birmingham.

1907 In a re-structuring, the company set up the Dunlop Rubber Co by offering existing shareholders the opportunity to subscribe for shares to provide capital for the new company. [12]

1907 Lost their case to stop the Dunlop Motor Company of Kilmarnock using that name. [13]

1912 August. Financial issues between the company and the Dunlop Rubber Co. It was agreed to amalgamate the two companies[14] with transfer of assets and goodwill of this company to the Dunlop Rubber Co[15]. 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[16].

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Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. The Times, Monday, May 11, 1896
  3. The North-Eastern Daily Gazette, 11 May 1896
  4. The affairs of Mr E T Hooley - The Times, 25 July 1898
  5. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  6. Ariel Motorcycle History [1]
  7. [2]
  8. The Morning Post 10 March 1897
  9. The Times, Wednesday, Mar 10, 1897
  10. The Times, Monday, Nov 05, 1900
  11. The Times, Wednesday, May 15, 1901
  12. The Times, Wednesday, Mar 13, 1907
  13. The Times, Thursday, Jul 25, 1907
  14. The Times, Saturday, Aug 17, 1912
  15. The Times, Saturday, Aug 31, 1912
  16. The Times, 12 February 1913