Exclusive Tyre Distributors (ETD) is excited to announce the company has signed 5 year agreements for the wholesale distribution of Dunlop passenger and commercial tyres in Australia and New Zealand.

The transition will occur firstly in NZ with ETD commencing deliveries to customers from 1st November. The Australian transition will follow, with customer deliveries by NTAW Group companies scheduled to commence at the beginning of April 2024.

ETD CEO Simon Billington said “We couldn’t be more excited about adding Dunlop to ETD’s brand portfolio and we’re equally excited for customers both existing and new. We’re looking forward to helping them win with Dunlop as we have with other leading tyre brands”.

“Right now the focus is on getting things up and running for a November 1 start in NZ” he said, adding that “Commencing in NZ will enable us to ensure the smoothest possible transition to Dunlop in Australia early in the new year. We couldn’t be more excited and can’t wait to get started”.

Dunlop History

John Boyd Dunlop invented the pneumatic tyre in 1888 after he noticed his son’s discomfort while riding a tricycle fitted with solid rubber tyres over cobbled ground. Dunlop wrapped the tricycle wheels in thin rubber sheets, glued them together and inflated them with a football pump. And so it was 135 years ago that the world’s first commercially viable pneumatic tyre was created by Dunlop who lent his name to the brand.

From there Dunlop’s growth from pioneer to successful multinational brand was swift, with factories owned by separate businesses soon opened in many parts of the world. The Australian owned Dunlop Rubber Tyre Company was one of the first, opening a factory in Melbourne in 1893. That Company operated for over 100 years, changing its name to Pacific Dunlop, one of the 20 largest companies in Australia and continuing to manufacture here until 2006. .

Today the Dunlop brand remains at the cutting edge of tyre development technology supported by Goodyear and Sumitomo factories and technical teams the world over. Dunlop is internationally synonymous with motorsport and is currently in its 23rd successive season supplying the Australian and New Zealand Supercars Championship Series. The technical leadership of Dunlop is evident from the fact that Dunlop tyres are fitted as original equipment on many high performance vehicle marques and other leading car brands throughout the world.

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