The Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Co. (S.A.) (Pty) Ltd

The Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Co. (S.A.) (Pty) Ltd

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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Co. is an American multinational tire manufacturing company founded in 1898 by Frank Seiberling and based in Akron, Ohio. Goodyear manufactures tires for automobiles, commercial trucks, light trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, race cars, airplanes, farm equipment and heavy earth-mover machinery. It also produced bicycle tires from its founding until 1976. As of 2017, Goodyear is one of the top four tire manufacturers along with Bridgestone (Japan), Michelin (France) and Continental (Germany).

The company was named after American Charles Goodyear, inventor of vulcanized rubber. The first Goodyear tires became popular because they were easily detachable and required little maintenance. In 1947 it established a factory in South Africa.

The company is the most successful tire supplier in Formula One history, with more starts, wins, and constructors’ championships than any other tire supplier.

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