Dunlop (brands)

This article is about brands named for John Boyd Dunlop first developer of the pneumatic tyre. For the Dunlop brand of guitar products, see Dunlop Manufacturing.

Dunlop is a brand of tyre originally produced by the Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Company from the end of the 19th century, taking its name from John Boyd Dunlop. The brand is used for many other products made from rubber or with rubber components and some with a looser connection to rubber.

Ownership of the brand has become fragmented over the years. Three main events contributed to this fragmentation:

The Dunlop brand today

Today, the Dunlop brand and logo (sporting and manufacturing) is largely reunified under the ultimate ownership of Mike Ashley (of Sports Direct fame). Many companies producing products bearing the D Device (flying D) have a long historical association and only these may possibly incorporate the word Dunlop in their trading name.

It is amongst other things used for these products:



Industrial products

Construction materials


Sporting goods


In the US and Canada, the rights to the Dunlop brand are now owned by a joint venture company owned by Sports Direct and Sumitomo[25]

See also


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