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Pneumatic Tyre was discovered in the year 1888 by a Scotsman John Boyd Dunlop (1840-1921).
The beginning of Dunlop legacy occurred in 1888.
The first company founded by John Boyd Dunlop was Dunlop Tyres.
1896: Dunlop started marketing cycle tyres in India.
1926: Dunlop incorporated its business in India as Dunlop Rubber Company (India) Limited with an authorised capital of Rs. 5 million.
1928: Dunlop Rubber Co (I) Ltd was renamed Dunlop India Ltd (DIL).
1936: Dunlop’s Head Quarter in India was shifted to the sprawling Dunlop House on Free School Street, Calcutta. In the same year DIL set up the first tyre manufacturing plant in Asia on a 239-acre plot of land at Sahaganj, near Calcutta. The plant, which started its production with tyres for passenger cars, cycles and animal drawn vehicles, over the years added capabilities for manufacturing 300 varieties of tyres ranging from scooter tyres to tyres for truck, bus, tractors and earthmovers and aircrafts. Sahaganj also produced an array of Industrial Products. The range included: steel cord conveyor belting, rubber & PVC conveyor belting, transmission belting, industrial and automotive v-belts, hoses, adhesive solutions and other products.
1942: Toward the end of the 2nd World War Sahaganj started manufacturing tyres for aircrafts.
1946: Dunlop India started production of Industrial Products.
1952: First Conveyer belt rolled out of the Dunlop Plant.
1956: Production of OTR tyres started.
1959: DIL set up its second plant in India at Ambattur, near Chennai.
1987: Steel Chord belt production started.
2005: The Ruia Group led by Mr Pawan Kumar Ruia took control of DIL. At this point DIL had liabilities in excess of Rs 6.5 billion.
2006: The DIL plant at Ambattur resumed production on 27 August, while Sahaganj opened its gates on 31 October.
2007: Dunlop came out of BIFR’s purview on 19 December.
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