HISTORY
  • 1909

    Dunlop UK established Japan’s first modern rubber factory. Began production of bicycle tyres and tubes and solid rickshaw tyres.

  • 1911
    1911

    Started production of rubber tubing, gloves and water pillows.

  • 1913

    Started production of automobile tyres. Produced Japan’s first automobile tyre.

  • 1917
    1917

    Incorporated as a Japanese corporation with ¥1.18 million capital.

  • 1930

    Started production of golf and tennis balls.

  • 1935
    1935

    Started production of motorcycle tyres.

  • 1951

    Started production of blankets for offset printing presses.

  • 1954
    1954

    Developed Japan’s first tubeless tyre.

  • 1960

    The Sumitomo Group took a stake in the company.

  • 1961
    1961

    Nagoya factory commenced operations. Started production of Dunlop Fort tennis balls.

  • 1963

    Sumitomo assumed management of company. Changed name to Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.

  • 1964
    1964

    Started production of golf clubs.


  • 1966

    Started production of the SP3, Japan’s first radial tyre.

  • 1967
    1967

    Started production of marine fenders.


  • 1972

    Kakogawa factory commenced operations.

  • 1974
    1974

    Shirakawa factory commenced operations.


  • 1976

    Miyazaki factory commenced operations. Developed Japan’s first Formula-1 racing tyre.

  • 1984
    1984

    Acquired six tyre plants in the UK, Germany and France as well as Dunlop Tyre Technical Division in UK.

  • 1986

    Acquired Dunlop Tyre Corporation in the U.S.

  • 1994
    1994

    New head office building completed.

  • 1995

    Kobe factory closed due to the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake.

  • 1996
    1996

    Ichijima factory commenced operations.

  • 1997

    Indonesia factory commenced operations.

  • 1999
    1999

    Formed alliance in the tyre business with The Goodyear Tyre and Rubber Company of the U.S.

  • 2001

    Zhongshan factory (China) commenced operations.

  • 2003
    2003

    Merged with The Ohtsu Tyre & Rubber Co., Ltd. Established SRI Sports Limited* and SRI Hybrid Limited.


    *Renamed Dunlop Sports Co., Ltd. In May 2012

  • 2004

    Changshu factory (China) commenced operations.

  • 2006
    2006

    Released ENASAVE ES801, 70% fossil resource-free tyres. Thailand factory commenced operations. SRI Sports Limited listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

  • 2007

    Vietnam factory commenced operations.

  • 2008
    2008

    Released ENASAVE 97, 97% fossil resource-free tyres.

  • 2009

    Celebrated the Company’s 100th anniversary. Shirakawa Training Center completed. Tyre Technical Center completed.

  • 2010
    2010

    Integrated Dunlop Falken Tyres Ltd. and SRI Hybrid Limited.

  • 2011

    Established a natural rubber plantation and a natural rubber processing plant in the northern part of Thailand. Announced the prototype of a 100% fossil resource-free tyre.

  • 2012
    2012

    Launched MIRAIE, a seismic damper for wooden houses. The Group’s second tyre factory in China commenced operations. Announced the long-term vision "VISION 2020". Established a tyre sales joint venture in India

  • 2013

    Established a joint venture for the production and sale of tyres in Turkey. Brazil Factory commenced operations. Released ENASAVE 100, 100% fossil resource-free tyres.

  • 2014
    2014

    Formal acquisition of Indian owned Apollo Tyres South Africa (Pty) Ltd by Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI). Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (PTY) Ltd. is formed.