DUNLOP RUBBER COMPANY LIMITED

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Details of DUNLOP RUBBER COMPANY LIMITED
Title: DUNLOP RUBBER COMPANY LIMITED
Reference: ACC/2166
Description:

Consists of a complete set of reports and balance sheets from all the Dunlop national companies and subsidiaries; from 1901 to 1965. The reports consist of both printed (for national companies) and typescript (for subsidiaries) financial reports on a yearly basis, predominantly from January to December. These were reports presented to the Board of Directors which controlled Dunlop Rubber Company Limited. They contain audited balance sheets, profit and loss statements and notes on the accounts. However, the extent of detail varies from company to company. Some overseas holdings have presented reports and balance sheets in the indigenous language. 'Prints' are printed annual reports.

 

Most volumes of reports and balance sheets have a contents page inside the front cover, which gives a breakdown of Dunlop Rubber Company Limited into its various Divisions and Groups.

Date: 1901 - 1965
Held by: London Metropolitan Archives: City of London, not available at The National Archives
Language: English
Extent: 107 files
Administrative History:

The Dunlop Rubber Company takes its name from John Boyd Dunlop, the first person to put the pneumatic principle into everyday use by making an air filled tube tyre for bicycles. However, he was only involved with the company from 1889 to 1894, when he joined a rival firm, Tubeless (Fleuss) Pneumatic Tyre Company.

 

The original company was the Pneumatic Tyre and Booth's Cycle Agency Ltd, founded in 1888 in Dublin. The name Dunlop Rubber Company was first used in 1889 for a private company created to serve as one of the manufacturing units for the founder company. This founder company changed its name several times: in 1893 to the Pneumatic Tyre Company Limited; in 1896 to the Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Company Limited and in 1913 to the Parent Tyre Company Limited. In 1931 the founder company went into liquidation.

 

In the meantime, Harvey Du Cros (who had helped to form the Pneumatic Tyre and Booth's Cycle Agency Ltd.) was providing finance to Byrne Bros., a Birmingham business engaged in the production of general rubber goods. In 1896 Byrne Bros. underwent flotation on the stock market as the Rubber Tyre Manufacturing Company based at Para Mill with the intention of building a new factory, Manor Mills, alongside it. Du Cros purchased the Manor Mills and the Rubber Tyre Manufacturing Company in 1900 and 1901 respectively, and the two companies were amalgamated to form the Dunlop Rubber Company Limited. This company purchased the founder company in 1912.

 

In subsequent years Dunlop expanded into a vast multinational organisation. By 1946 there were 90,000 shareholders and 70,000 employees with factories in, any different countries, sales outlets in nearly every country, and rubber plantations in southeast Asia (from 1910). Apart from merely producing tyres, the Dunlop Rubber Company Limited made cycle rims and motor car wheels fro,,, 1906 and in 1914 developed a process of spinning and doubling cotton for a new tyre fabric. A collapse in trade in 1922 after the post World War 1 boom led to financial and administrative reorganisation, but the inter war period also saw the development of Latex foam cushioning (sold by the subsidiary, Dunlopillo) and expansion by way of new factories in South Africa and India.

 

After World War II (during which Dunlop played a major part as suppliers of tyres and rubber goods to the Allied forces). Dunlop expanded further to produce sports goods, sponge rubber, precision bearings and adhesives. Dunlop Holdings Limited (encompassing the whole company) was bought by BTR plc in 1985.

 

An alphabetical list of subsidiaries and companies included in the Dunlop Rubber Company Limited Reports and balance sheets (ACC/2166/001-107) with an indication of the approximate date at which the name first appeared.

 

Name Date

 

Aberdeen Tyre Services 1956

 

Allington Finance Co Ltd 1958

 

Anode Rubber Co 1929

 

Argus Sports Co 1928

 

Australasia 1928

 

Aviation Division 1946

 

Bahau Rubber Co Ltd 1916

 

W R Barnes and Co Ltd 1955

 

W and A Bates Ltd 1927

 

Bemban Rubber Co Ltd 1913

 

Bibile Rubber Co Ltd 1913

 

Bintex 1949

 

W Briggs and Co Ltd 1931

 

British Hard Rubber Co Ltd 1954

 

C H Brittain and Co Ltd (Hanley) 1927

 

Brynmawr Rubber Ltd 1954

 

Brynmawr Rubber (Sales) Ltd 1954

 

John Bull Group 1959

 

Casey and Sons 1929

 

C H Ltd 1962

 

Clipper Tyre Co Ltd 1918

 

County Tyre House Ltd - Canterbury 1931

 

F A Davis Ltd 1925

 

Dengate Tyre Co Ltd 1955

 

Deutsche Dunlop Gummi Compagnie A-G 1923

 

Dreghorn Publications Ltd 1962

 

Dunlop Advisory Services Ltd 1957

 

Dunlop America 1923

 

Dunlop Gomm Kyokuto Kabushiki Kaisha (Kobe) 1927

 

Dunlop Malayan Estates Ltd 1940

 

Dunlop Malayan Industries Ltd 1961

 

Dunlop Pension Trust 1949

 

Dunlop Perdriau 1930

 

Dunlop Plantations Ltd 1918

 

Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Co (S America) 1913

 

Dunlop Rayon Doublers 1949

 

Dunlop-Revere Thread Co Ltd 1933

 

Dunlop Rim and Wheel Co Ltd 1913

 

Dunlop Rubber Co Ltd 1901

 

Dunlop Rubber Co Ltd (Ceylon) Ltd 1923

 

Dunlop Rubber Co (Continental) Ltd 1913

 

Dunlop Rubber Co (Far East) Ltd 1927

 

Dunlop Rubber Co (India) Ltd 1913

 

Dunlop Rubber Co (Ireland) Ltd 1924

 

Dunlop Rubber Co (South Africa) Ltd 1913

 

Dunlop Rubber Co (South America) Ltd 1913

 

Dunlop Rubber Cotton Mills Ltd 1918

 

Dunlop Scotland Ltd 1949

 

Dunlop Special Products Ltd 1947

 

Dunlop Sports Co 1928

 

Dunlop Tire and Rubber Goods Co Ltd of Canada 1927

 

Dunlop Weatherprooofs Ltd 1947

 

Dutfield Rubber Industries 1956

 

Engineering Consultants 1961

 

Express Companies 1962

 

S L and M Feathers 1951

 

Flexible Saddles Ltd 1927

 

Gardner Bros 1930

 

Gemas Rubber Co Ltd 1913

 

Glovers (Thread Coverers) Ltd 1933

 

Gomali Rubber Co Ltd 1913

 

W Goodyear and Sons Ltd 1925

 

Gorrills 1962

 

Grimsby Tyre Co Ltd 1938

 

Guernsey Elastic Thread Co 1935

 

Harrogate Tyre Co Ltd 1938

 

Hollingsworth 1936

 

Hollingsworth Auto Elect Services Ltd 1955

 

Hood and Winterburn Ltd 1938

 

James Hoyle Ltd 1920

 

Hungarian Rubber Co 1927

 

Fred Hurtley and Son Ltd 1964

 

Improved Steel Co Ltd 1920

 

Industrial Developments Ltd 1939

 

International Latex Processes Ltd 1945

 

International Synthetic Rubber Co Ltd 1961

 

H James 1926

 

Johore Rubber Lands 1930

 

Lastex Yarn and Lactron Thread 1935

 

Latex Corporation of Ceylon 1951

 

Latex Holdings 1930

 

Leicester Brace and Garter Co 1929

 

John Letters Ltd 1957

 

Litesome Sportswear Ltd 1965

 

L L Tyre Service Ltd 1938

 

Macintosh Group (also known as the Northern Group) 1926

 

Including Charles Macintosh

 

Charles Macintosh depots: Sydney, Buenos Aires, Johanesburg, Dublin, Belfast, Brook Street

 

Macintosh Cable Co Ltd

 

Manchester Balata Belting

 

Broadhurst and Co Ltd

 

New Eccles Rubber Works Ltd

 

Casoid Ltd

 

Campbell Achnach and Co Ltd

 

Liverpool Rubber Co all 1926

 

Dela Rubber Co Ltd (Liverpool) 1927

 

Dela (London) 1928

 

Macinlop 1928

 

Macinlop (India) 1928

 

Macinlop (Ireland) 1928

 

Macinlop New Zealand 1928

 

Macinlop Polsce 1938

 

Macinlop (S Africa) 1928

 

Charles Macintosh (S America) 1928

 

Deutsche Macinlop 1928

 

Marsham Tyre Co 1935

 

Martins (Leicester) 1928

 

Midland Tyre Co Ltd 1938

 

Naaml Venn Nederlandsche Dr en bauder maatschappy 1922

 

Newton Services (Devon) Ltd 1956

 

Nigerian Plantations Ltd 1957

 

Nile Spinning and Doubling Co Ltd 1919

 

Overseas Trust Ltd 1952

 

Playlastic Toy Co Ltd 1947

 

Playlastic Toy Sales Co 1949

 

John Rain 1929

 

Rapid Tyre Service Ltd 1931

 

Redditch Mouldings Ltd 1955

 

Regent Tyre and Rubber Co Ltd 1938

 

Ross Spinning Co Ltd 1919

 

Rubber Curing Patents Syndicate Ltd 1954

 

Rubber Insurance Agencies Ltd 1951

 

Rubbermaid Ltd 1954

 

Edgar Sealey 1961

 

Segamat (Johore) Rubber Estates Ltd 1920

 

Semtex Ltd 1938

 

Shrewsbury and Challiner Tyre Co Ltd 1928

 

Slazengers Ltd 1959

 

Smallbone 1938

 

Sociedad Espanola Dunlop 1918

 

Societa Italiana Dunlop per I'Industria della Gomma 1913

 

Société Anonyme des Pneumatiques Dunlop 1919

 

South Lincs Tyre Co 1942

 

Spalding Companies 1962

 

Standamac 1929

 

Stella Group 1961

 

Straits Settlement Co 1927

 

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd 1962

 

Terco 1953

 

Thompson's (Carlisle) Ltd 1938

 

Thread Holdings Ltd 1935

 

Tyerco (France) 1954

 

Tyre Disposals Ltd 1955

 

Tyre Economy Ltd 1957

 

Tyre Investment Trust (TIT) 1927

 

Tyre Machinery Syndicate 1928

 

Tyre (Scotland) Production Ltd 1955

 

Tyre Stores Ltd 1949

 

Tyremail 1937

 

Tyres (Scotland) Ltd 1955

 

Tyres (Scotland) Accessories Ltd 1955

 

Tyresoles Ltd 1953

 

United Reclaim Ltd 1961

 

Universal Tyre Co (Yorkshire) Ltd 1938

 

Virginia Rubber Co Ltd 1915

 

Welsh Tyre Service Ltd 1938

 

West Mills, Harlow 1929

 

Xetal Products 1949

 

Yorkshire Tyre and Rubber Co 1938

Publication Notes:
  • P F Jennings: Dunlopera: The Works and Workings of the Dunlop Rubber Company (1961)

     

    G Jones: The Multinational Expansion of Dunlop, 1890-1939 (1986)

     

    R H A Storrs: Dunlop in War and Peace (1946)

     

    A P Du Cros: Wheels of Fortune: a Salute to Pioneers (1938)

Subjects:
  • Manufacturing industry
Creator Names:
  • Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Company Limited
  • Rubber Tyre Manufacturing Company
  • Dunlop Holdings Limited
  • Dunlop Rubber Company Limited
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