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Sumitomo

_1909_
Dunlop U.K. established Japan's first modern rubber factory.
Began production of bicycle tires and tubes, and solid rickshaw tires
1913
Produced Japan's first automobile tires
1917
1Incorporated as a Japanese company with ¥1.18million.capital
1930
Produced Japan's first golf and tennis balls
1960
Nagoya Factory began operation.
Began production of Dunlop Fort tennis balls
1963
Changed name to Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
1983
Gained completed independence of management through acquisition of Dunlop U.K.'s equity in company.
Began production of "Omnicourt," all-weather, sand-filled artificial turf.
1984
Acquired ad assumed operation of former Dunlop Holding plc including six tire plants U.K., West Germany and France as well as Dunlop Tyre Technical Devision in U.K.
1986
Acquired majority equity interest in Dunlop Tire Corporation in U.S.A.
1990
Began production of studless tirs for truck and buses
1993
Opened a winter tire testing course in Nayoro, Hokkaido
1994
Constructed new head office
1995
Sumirurubber Indonesia began operation
1996
Completed construction of Ichijima golf ball factory
1997
Nagoya and Shirakawa factories received ISO14001 certification
1999
Formed alliance with The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in U.S.A. in tire businesss
2001
Constructed precision rubber parts production plant in China
2002
Achieved zero emissions at head office and 4 plants
2003
Integration with Ohtsu Tire and Rubber Company
Established SRI Sports Ltd. and SRI Hybrid Ltd.
2004
Tire production factory and backlight unit production factory started operation in China
2005
Tire production factory under construction in Thailand
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