Bridgestone was founded in 1931 by Shojiro Ishibashi in Japan. Japan started slowly producing automobiles in the 1930s, and Bridgestone became the first tire manufacturing company to offer tires nationwide.
The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company were founded in 1900 by Harvey Firestone in the rubber capital of the world—Akron, Ohio. Harvey Firestone recognized the overwhelming potential for automobile tires.
Fuzion was born for performance drivers and vehicles as a subdivision of Bridgestone, which is one of the largest tire producers in the world. Fuzion has several types of tires.
BFGoodrich® Tires became the first rubber company in the United States when founded in 1870 by Dr. Benjamin Franklin Goodrich in the rubber capital of the world, Akron, and Ohio.
Continental has been a leading automotive industry supplier for over 100 years. Continental was founded in 1871 in Hanover, Germany, but merged with other major companies in the German rubber industry in 1928.
Cooper Tires was started in 1914 in Akron, Ohio by two brothers-in-law, John F. Schaefer and Claude E. Hart. The in-laws began by founding a business called the M&M Manufacturing Company.
Dunlop started one day in 1888 when John Boyd Dunlop was watching his son ride his tricycle. Dunlop noticed how rough the ride was because the tires were treaded with metal.
Falken Tires was created as a high-performance brand of OHTSU Rubber & Tire in 1983. Falken started slow, introducing products gradually, but they started a ripple effect when Falken tires kept winning races in Japan, Falken’s homeland.
In 1954, Federal Tire was founded in Taiwan by Ma Chi San. Federal Tire cooperated with the Bridgestone Corporation for almost twenty years, followed by the Sumitomo Rubber Industries.
Hankook Tire was founded in 1941 under the name “the Chosun Tire Company” in South Korea. The Chosun Tire Company changed its name to Hankook Tire in 1968.
Kumho Tire Co. Ltd., formerly known as The Samyang Tire Co., Ltd., was founded in South Korea in 1960. Samyang Tire produced its first tire in 1961 and settled technological ties.
MICHELIN® was founded under the Michelin Rubber Factory in 1888 by Édouard and André Michelin in Paris, France. The original Rubber Company has since grown into the biggest tire manufacturer.
The Nexen Tire Company was established in 1942 in Korea under the name Heung-A Tire Company. Nexen Tire was recognized as the first Korean tire company in 1956.
As a branch of the Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd., Nitto Tire was founded in 1949 in Japan. In 1966, Toyo Tire became the first Japanese tire manufacturer.
Giovanni Battista Pirelli founded Pirelli & Co. in Milan in 1872, and rubber production began within two years.
Sumitomo tires are manufactured by the Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd., a subsidiary of the Sumitomo Group, one of the largest tire manufacturers in the world.
The Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd. was established in Japan in 1945. In July of 1966, U.S. operations of Toyo tires began in California.