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This article is about the company which has made Dunlop automobile tyres since 1985. For the rubber and tyre company before 1985, see Dunlop Rubber.

Dunlop Tyres is owned by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company which sells Dunlop brand tyres in North America, Australia and Europe.[1] In other regions of the world, the Dunlop brand is owned by other companies. In India the brand is owned by Dunlop India Ltd. whose parent company is the Ruia Group, [2] and in the rest of Asia and Africa by Sumitomo Rubber Industries.[3]

In 1985, Dunlop Rubber Company was acquired by BTR plc, and Sumitomo acquired the rights to manufacture and market Dunlop branded road tyres. Sumitomo did not acquire any Dunlop company. In 1997 Sumitomo gained agreement to use the Dunlop name in its corporate name, and changed the name of its UK subsidiary to Dunlop Tyres Ltd.

In 1999 Sumitomo and Goodyear began a joint venture by which Sumitomo continued to manufacture all Japanese-made tyres under the Dunlop name, while Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company bought 75% of the European and North American tyre businesses of Sumitomo. [4]

The company has extensive manufacturing operations throughout the world. With the closure of the Washington plant in 2006, Goodyear Dunlop ceased mainstream car and lorry tyre production in the UK.

There is still a Motorsport manufacturing operation located in a corner of the original Dunlop factory (nicknamed "Fort Dunlop") in Erdington, Birmingham, established in 1891. This factory produces specialised vintage, motorcycle and touring car tyres, and produces about 300, 000 specialised racing tyres per year.

The Dunlop GP Racer D209 tyre has been chosen repeatedly as a control tyre for the R&G Racing GSX-R Trophy motorcycle race. It has also been chosen for the Henderson Harley-Davidson XR1200 Trophy and Focused Events KTM RC8 Cup race.

The main Birmingham building has been redeveloped extensively as a combined residential, office and hotel complex, with a modern shopping facility (The Fort Shopping Centre), car dealerships and several logistics warehouses. It can be observed between junction 5 and 6 of the M6, on the north side of the motorway and is overlooked by Thomas Pearson who has access to the companies innermost functions and processes on a grand scale.

2008-03-16 19:18:24 by lrdoflamancha

I want some of what ever this guy is smoking.

2000 Yamaha Royal Star Venture - MINT
Original Owner since new, ALWAYS Garaged, Very well maintained, Synthetic Motorcycle Oil in Engine and Synthetic Gear lube. New Battery
Brand New Front & Rear Dunlop Tires, Front Brakes and Rear Rotor and Brakes
Only 21,000 miles, 1294cc V4 ( from each side has look of Big V-twin)
I have 2 Yamaha windshields, 1 Large, 1 slightly smaller, Added Yamaha Light Bar and rear chrome luggage rack. GORGEOUS two tone red.
AM/FM/Cassette - 4 speaker system /CB,Cruise Control, also has driver and passenger plugs for helmet communication system

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