History

Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tyre companies. It employs approximately 72,000 people and manufactures its products in 56 facilities in 22 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centres in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry.

 

For innovation, technology and performance in tyres, Goodyear continues to lead the way and is clearly 'One Revolution Ahead' of the competition.

1839

Charles Goodyear invented the process of rubber-curing, which he called vulcanization.


1898

Frank Seilberling founded the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and chose the name "Goodyear" to honour Charles Goodyear.


1908

Henry Ford's Model T, fitted with Goodyear tyres, is a sensation with middle class consumers and car registrations skyrocket.


1909

Goodyear builds its first aircraft tyre.


1911

Goodyear builds its first airship envelope.


1913

Goodyear enters Indy 500 racing.


1916

Goodyear becomes the world's largest tyre company.


1917

Goodyear launches the Wingfoot Express truck line to prove the durability of the pneumatic cord tires and also develops a serious tyre development program with Goodyear Cord Tyres dominating the race circuits.


1917

Goodyear begins producing airship and observation balloons for the military.


1919

Goodyear tyres are on the winning car for every major race won in the country, including the Indy 500.


1928

Construction of the airdock begins in Akron.


1929

Goodyear struggles through the Depression.


1930

Goodyear builds the 'world's largest tyre'.


1940

Goodyear builds the nation's first rubber synthetic factory.


1942

Synthetic rubber becomes extremely important during WWII with Goodyear a major contributor.


1948

Goodyear celebrates its first 50 years.


1952

Goodyear introduces the revolutionary high quality nylon tyre, strengthened using the 3T process.


1954

Goodyear starts its long and impeccable record within Australian aviation.


1960

Goodyear expands manufacturing globally into Europe.


1964

Using Goodyear tyres, Craig Breedlove becomes the first man to top 600 miles (960km) an hour.


1969

Goodyear Aerospace helps send astronauts to the moon and return them safely to earth.


1971

Goodyear tyres were the first tyre tracks to land onto the Moon.


1972

Goodyear develops the radial tyre that changes the tyre industry.


1972

For the next 24 years, every winner of the Indy 500 will ride on Goodyear tyres.


1980

Goodyear announces the 'Eagle' will be the name of its racing tyres. Goodyear's high performance tyres also adopt the Eagle name.


1987

saw the creation of Australia's largest tyre marketer in South Pacific Tyres (SPT), a joint venture between Goodyear Tyres and Pacific Dunlop Limited (now Ansell).


1992

The Goodyear Aquatreds revolutionary design makes it a hit with consumers and designs.


1997

NASCAR names Goodyear tyres as the exclusive supplier of the stock-car circuit.


1997

Goodyear wins its 350th Formula One race, with Jacques Villeneuve in Barcelona.


1998

Goodyear celebrate its 100th year anniversary.


1998

Goodyear exits Formula One racing with a record 361 victories and Drivers world championships.


2000

Goodyear is a proud sponsor for the Sydney Olympic Games, during this time the iconic blimp is utilised.


2001

Goodyear launch Trinuum Technology, the integration of its 3 main engineering and technical centres from around the world, including Europe, the USA and Japan.


2003

Goodyear stands at the pinnacle of drag racing, winning the most championships in both the professional and sportsman categories, in the National Hot Rod and International Hot Rod Association competitions.


2004

Marks Goodyear's 50th anniversary of involvement with NASCAR, and as the longest-running sponsor of the sport.


2004

Goodyear launches the revolutionary Ducaro GA, incorporating state of the art 'Bubble Blade' technology. This launch is in conjunction with the new Brand direction 'One Revolution Ahead', which reflects Goodyear's commitment to further leading the industry with the creation of innovative and high performance products.


2005

Goodyear launches its revolutionary RunOnFlat technology which allows you to keep on driving after a puncture.


2006

The launch of Goodyear Excellence incorporating a state-of-the-art 3 Zone tyre technology that boasts high levels of safety, performance and comfort.


2011

Goodyear named one of America's most reputable companies in Forbes magazine


2011

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 and Eagle F1 Directional 5 tires launched in Asia Pacific.


2011

Goodyear and NASCAR sign a five year agreement for Goodyear to continue as the exclusive tyre used in NASCAR's top three racing series.


2012

Goodyear launches its quietest SUV tyre ever, the Goodyear Eagle Efficientgrip SUV with QuietTred Technology.


2012

Goodyear’s EAGLE F1 Asymmetric 2 awarded Gold Medal in the latest Australian MOTOR Magazine Tyre Test, cementing its position as Australia’s ultimate performance road tyre. The accolade also gives Goodyear a hat-trick of wins in the authoritative test with the original EAGLE F1 Asymmetric earning the award the two previous years. 


2012

The Goodyear EfficientGrip SUV receives coveted recommendation from consumer watchdog CHOICE in the 2012 CHOICE Small SUV Tyres Review and Compare. The recommendation of the EfficientGrip SUV tyre also extends Goodyear Australia’s reign as the most “CHOICE Recommended” tyre company, highlighting the company’s commitment to safety and innovation.


2013

Goodyear named a Thomson Reuters 2012 Top 100 Global Innovator, recognising its achievements as one of the world’s most innovative companies


2013

The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500, featuring the most powerful production V8 in the world is fitted OE with Goodyear Eagle F1


2013 

Goodyear Assurance Triplemaxx launched in Australia with Fuel Saving Technology®for Excellent Fuel Efficiency and Hydrogrip Technonology for maximum Wet Grip, maximum Surface Contact Area and maximum Braking Ability


2013

Goodyear launches the Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure in Australia with a guaranteed warranty of between 55,000-95,000km depending upon tyre size.

Goodyear Wrangler