In 1888, Scottish veterinary surgeon John Boyd Dunlop invented the tyre as we know it today in Belfast, Northern Ireland. As early as 1889, following the success of his invention, he opened the Dunlop group’s first factory in Dublin, Ireland. In 1893, Dunlop’s headquarters moved to Carlisle in the north of England before the entire company moved to the “Fort Dunlop” factory in the town of Birmingham.
Avon Rubber was created in 1885 in the small village of Limpley Stoke in the heart of the Avon Valley, located in the south west of England. In 1904, the company founded the Avon Tyres brand which sold tyres for cars, motorcycles and bicycles. Avon Tyres and all of the group’s tyres operations were then sold to the American company Cooper Tires in 1997. Although today, the operational headquarters are in the United States, the brand still produces its tyres in the United Kingdom.