The Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company started in 1898 when Frank Seiberling purchased the company's first plant using money he borrowed from a brother-in-law. The rubber and cotton had to be transported from halfway around the world, to a landlocked town that had only limited rail transportation. Seiberling named the company after the courageous pioneer Charles Goodyear, the discoverer of vulcanisation. He also determined the distinctive winged-foot trademark that remains a symbolic link with the company's past.
With just 13 workers, Goodyear production began with a product line of bicycle and carriage tyres, horseshoe pads and poker chips. After the first full month of business, sales amounted to $8,246. Since the first bicycle tyre in 1898, Goodyear has pedalled its way toward becoming the world's largest tyre company, a title it earned in 1916 when it adopted the slogan "More people ride on Goodyear tyres than on any other kind" It became the world's largest rubber company in 1926. These legendary early years set the tone which continues to be felt in all aspects of the company and its relationship with its customers.
When you look today at the global Goodyear brand, with its thousands of breakthroughs, innovations, new inventions, firsts and groundbreaking improvements, you're seeing a reflection of the bold, innovative and down-to-earth character of the company's founders. Today, Goodyear is the world's largest tyre company, with a presence on six continents and annual sales of more than $15 billion. In addition to Goodyear brand tyres, it produces several other well-respected brand names including Dunlop, Kelly, Fulda, Lee, Sava and Debica. Its non-tyre business units provide rubber products and polymers for a variety of automotive and industrial markets
As the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road, tyres play a vital role in driving safety. Goodyear is at the forefront in developing new technologies that help to keep you secure on every journey. From compound polymers that deliver better grip and braking, to tread patterns that keep working when worn, we’re dedicated to delivering products you can trust.
A tradition of innovation
At Goodyear, we’re always looking ahead. We’ve been advancing tyre technology since 1898 – producing the tyres for the first Ford Model T, playing our part in land speed records, and crafting the first tyre to land on the moon. Along the way, we’ve pioneered technologies that have been used in everything from aircraft to artificial hearts. We’re continually crossing boundaries to make our products better, which means you’ll always get a tyre based on the very best of our research.
Kinder to the planet
Goodyear technologies are helping to protect the planet too. Our latest tyres last longer, use fewer natural resources, and reduce fuel consumption. With our recent advances in renewable biomass materials, we’re working to reduce our impact further and help you leave a smaller footprint.
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