SRI has enjoyed a long relationship with the Dunlop brand both in terms of manufacturing and distribution.
The company was first established in 1909 as the Far East Division of Dunlop UK and later incorporated as
Dunlop Rubber (Far East) Co. Ltd in 1917. The company became Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd in 1963. In
1985, when Dunlop was taken over by BTR plc, the company acquired the automobile tyre assets of Dunlop,
including the right to use the Dunlop brand on car tyres. In 1986, SRI also acquired the Dunlop Tyre
Corporation of the US from its management. In 2013, SRI acquired Apollo Tyres South Africa (Pty) Ltd as part
of its strategic global development plans and renamed the company Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Pty) Ltd.