There are many variants of the Dunlop Company – a multinational company involved in the manufacture of various rubber goods. For simplicity, I will be listing all Dunlop manufactured items under “Dunlop Tire and Rubber Corp.”.
Below is some information on the different divisions of Dunlop that I’ve found during my research.
Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Company, Australian branch (1893 – 1899)
In 1893, the Dublin, Ireland company, “The Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Company” opened a branch office and factory in Melbourne, Australia. It was located in the heart of Melbourne’s Chinatown district. The company ran into financial difficulties and sold its Australian interests in 1899
Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Company of Australasia Ltd (1899 – 1906)
The Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Company of Australasia Ltd was formed by a Canadian syndicate in 1899 when they purchased the Australian interests from the Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Company Ltd. In 1905 it acquired its main rival the Barnet Glass Rubber Company. In 1906 it became the Dunlop Rubber Company of Australia Ltd.
Dunlop Rubber Company of Australia Ltd (1906 – 1929)
The Dunlop Rubber Company of Australia Ltd succeeded the Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Company of Australasia in 1906. The Company merged with the Perdriau Rubber Co. Ltd., in 1929, forming the Dunlop Perdriau Co. Ltd.
Dunlop Perdriau Co Ltd (1929 – 1980)
Dunlop Perdriau Co. Ltd. was established in 1929 as a result of a merger between the Dunlop Rubber Company of Australia Ltd. and the Perdriau Rubber Co. Ltd. In 1980 Dunlop Perdriau joined the Olympic Tyre and Rubber Company, forming Dunlop Olympic Limited.
Dunlop Olympic Limited (1980 – 1986)
Dunlop Olympic Limited was established in 1980 as a result of the amalgamation of the Olympic Tyre and Rubber Company and Dunlop Perdriau Co. Ltd. In 1986 Dunlop Olympic changed its name, becoming Pacific Dunlop Limited.
Pacific Dunlop Limited (1986 – 2002)
Pacific Dunlop Limited was established in 1986, after Dunlop Olympic Limited underwent a change of name. In 2002 the company again changed its name to Ansell Limited.
Dunlop Sport is a British sporting goods company that specializes in tennis and golf equipment. Dunlop have manufactured sporting equipment since 1910.
In most of the world, Dunlop Sports is owned by SRI Sports, a subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Sumitomo. Spartan Sports have the rights to the brand in Australia and New Zealand.
Dunlop Rubber Co., LTD
Dunlop Sports Co. Ltd.
Speke, Liverpool, 19
St James’s House, St James’s Street, London S.W.I
Warwick box 1938
Green Dunlop Warwick six ball box
Blue “The Service” can
Deutsche Dunlop Gummi Compagnie AG
German ‘Jester’ Can
Dunlop Boy Can
Societe Anonyme des Pneumatiques Dunlop
64, Rue de Lisbonne Paris
R.C. Seine 54 B 1684
French red can, yellow can with metal lid (Type 11)
In 1959, Slazenger, a major English sporting goods rival, was acquired .
Dunlop extended into tennis ball manufacture in 1924. In 1925, F A Davis was acquired, which had tennis racket manufacturing expertise. Dunlop opened acquisition discussions with Slazenger in 1927, but without success. In 1928 the sports division became a subsidiary of Dunlop Rubber named Dunlop Sports. Headquarters were relocated from Birmingham to Waltham Abbey in Essex