A little boy, a veterinarian, and a tricycle inspired this invention. Learn how a bumpy ride led to the first air-filled tires for automobiles!
What they do:
Pioneered pneumatic (air-filled) tires for all types of self-propelled vehicles.
In February 1888, British veterinary surgeon Jonn Boyd Dunlop wanted to cushion his young son’s bumpy tricycle ride. His family physician suggested filling sheet-rubber with air – creating similar to the air-filled mattresses used in hospitals.
About the business:
Dunlop developed and patented the first practical pneumatic (inflatable) tire — which was a hit with bicyclists. By 1891, he was manufacturing 3,000 a week. Five years later he began making his tires for automobiles. More than a century later, Dunlop remains a leading global brand of auto, truck and airplane tires.