Goodyear & Dunlop Tyres is a company based on firsts — and we’ve worked hard to make history time and again throughout our 100 years. Get a glimpse of the historic highlights of Goodyear & Dunlop Tyres.
Charles Goodyear accidentally discovers that the addition of heat and sulphur alters the consistency of rubber; a process eventually known as ‘vulcanisation’.
Frank Seiberling borrows $3,500 from his brother-in-law for the down payment on an abandoned strawboard factory on the banks of the Little Cuyahoga River in Akron, Ohio. He choose the name ‘Goodyear’ in honour of Charles Goodyear and the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is born.
Paul Litchfield is granted patent on first tubeless automobile tyre.
Goodyear establishes in Melbourne and soon after has distribution arrangements in Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company becomes the world’s largest tyre company.
Goodyear establishes operations in New Zealand and launches Wingfoot express truck line.
The first Australian-made Goodyear tyre leaves the production line.
Goodyear starts its long and impeccable record within Australian aviation.
Goodyear tyres make tracks on the moon’s surface.
Beaurepaires grows into an Australian-wide network of 170 branches, offering a complete tyre retreading, repairing and retailing service and additional facilities such as front end alignment, suspension and brakes.
Beaurepaires and Olympic Tyre & Rubber Co. join together with the Dunlop Group to form Dunlop & Olympic Tyres, then naming themselves Pacific Dunlop Ltd.
Goodyear supplies the first radial tyres for commercial aircrafts.
Pacific Dunlop transfer all of its tyre manufacture and sales operations to a new joint venture with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company generating a new name, South Pacific Tyres Ltd.
Goodyear celebrates its first 100 years of business.
Pacific Dunlop fully integrates into the Goodyear Tyre and Rubber Company, creating the ideal combination of racing heritage and worldwide technological resources.
South Pacific Tyres changes its name to Goodyear & Dunlop Tyres.
Goodyear celebrates being in Australia for 100 years.