|1909||Dunlop U.K. established Japan’s first modern rubber factory.|
|1910||Began production of bicycle tires and tubes and solid rickshaw tires.|
|1911||Started production of rubber tubing, gloves and water pillows.|
|1913||Started production of automobile tires.
Produced Japan’s first automobile tire.
The first Japanese-made automobile tire
|1917||Incorporated as a Japanese corporation with \1.18 million capital.|
|1930||Started production of golf and tennis balls.||
(Released in 1935)
|1935||Started production of motorcycle tires.|
|1944||Izumiotsu Factory commenced operations.|
|1954||Developed Japan’s first tubeless tire.|
|1960||Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., Sumitomo Corporation took a stake in the company.|
|1961||Nagoya Factory commenced operations.
Started production of DUNLOP FORT tennis balls.
|1963||The Japanse side's investment ratio exceeded 50%.
Changed name to Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
|1964||Started production of golf clubs.|
|1966||Started production of the SP3, Japan’s first radial tire.||
|1967||Started production of marine fenders.|
|1972||Kakogawa Factory commenced operations.|
|1974||Shirakawa Factory commenced operations.|
|1976||Miyazaki Factory commenced operations. Developed Japan’s first Formula-1 racing tire.|
|1981||Malaysia Factory commenced operations.|
|1984||Acquired six tire plants in the UK, Germany and France
as well as Dunlop Tyre Technical Division in UK.
|1986||Acquired Dunlop Tire Corporation in the U.S. Okayama Driving Test Course completed.|
|1994||Head office building completed.||
Head Office building
|1995||Kobe Factory closed due to the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake.|
|1996||Ichijima Factory commenced operations.|
|1997||Indonesia Factory commenced operations.|
|1999||Formed alliance in the tire business with The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company of the U.S.|
|2000||Started production of rubber parts for medical applications.|
|2001||Zhongshan Factory (China) commenced operations.|
|2003||Merged with The Ohtsu Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd.
Established SRI Sports Limited* and SRI Hybrid Limited.
|2004||Changshu Factory (China) commenced operations.|
|2006||Released ENASAVE ES801, 70% fossil resource-free tires.
Thailand Factory commenced operations.
Vietnam Factory commenced operations.
SRI Sports Limited listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
|2008||Released ENASAVE 97, 97% fossil resource-free tires.|
|2009||Celebrated the Company’s 100th anniversary.
Tyre Technical Center completed.
Tyre Technical Center
|2010||Integrated Dunlop Falken Tyres Ltd. and SRI Hybrid Limited.
Established a natural rubber processing plant in the northern part of Thailand.
|2012||Launched MIRAIE, a vibration control dampersr for wooden houses.
The Group’s second tire factory in China commenced operations.
Established a tire sales joint venture in India
|2013||Released ENASAVE 100, 100% fossil resource-free tires.
* Since the use of synthetic rubber became the mainstream.
* Based on our in-house research.
Secured a tire production base in South Africa through the acquisition of Apollo Tyres South Africa.
|2014||Released ENASAVE NEXT, 50% less Rolling Resistance tires, achieved the "AAA-a"rank under Japan's tire labeling system.
Established Tire sales corporation in Australia.
Launched premium runflat tires DUNLOP "SP SPORT MAXX 050 NEO" and FALKEN "AZENIS FK453 RUNFLAT" with “NEO-T01” High-Precision Metal Core Tyre Manufacturing System.
|2015||Acquired Lonstroff Holding AG a Swiss medical rubber parts manufacturer.
Dissolved the alliance agreement and joint ventures with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Acquired a USA factory.
Turkey Factory began operation.
|2017||Acquired the DUNLOP Brand Overseas Business
Acquired Micheldever Group Ltd. a leading tire distributor in the UK.
USA Technical Center and Europe Technical Center bagan operation.
Introduced "SMART TYRE CONCEPT" - a new technology development concept.
|2018||Integrated Sumitomo Rubber Group's sports business.|
|2019||Slovenia Factory commenced operations.
Launched "ENASAVE NEXT III" as the world’s first* tires to incorporate “Cellulose Nanofiber”.
* Based on our in-house research.
|2020||Established corporate philosophy structure"Our Philosophy".|
|2021||Established Long-Term Sustainability Policy: “Driving Our Future Challenge 2050”.
Began providing "Tire Pressure and Temperature Management Service" for passenger cars.
*Renamed Dunlop Sports Co., Ltd. in May 2012.Sports Division Overview here >>