Ownership of the brand has become fragmented over the years. Three main events contributed to this fragmentation:
in 1899, the Dunlop company sold its Australian branch. As a result, Dunlop Australia acquired the rights to the brand in Australia.
in 1985, Dunlop Rubber sold the rights to the Dunlop brand of automobile tyre, following several bad business decisions, including a disastrous joint venture with Pirelli where Dunlop unwittingly took responsibility for significant debts.
between 1996 and 1998, BTR plc (which acquired Dunlop Rubber in 1985) sold a number of companies which used the Dunlop brand for their products.
The Dunlop brand todayEdit
Today, the Dunlop brand and logo (sporting and manufacturing) is largely reunified under the ultimate ownership of Sumitomo Rubber Industries. Many companies producing products bearing the D Device (flying D) have a long historical association with the original Dunlop brand and only these companies may incorporate the word Dunlop or the D device in their trading name.
It is amongst other things used for these products:
Motorcycle tyre rights in North America owned by Sumitomo Rubber Industries (the result of dissolvement of global joint venture with Goodyear)
owned by Sumitomo in Asia (the result of the acquisition from Dunlop Rubber in 1985), with the exception of Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei, where the brand is owned by Continental AG
owned by Sumitomo in Africa (the result of an acquisition in 2013 from Apollo Tyres of India, which had acquired the brand rights from BTR in 1998)
owned in India by the Ruia Group (the result of the sale of Dunlop India in 1984 to the Jumbo Group, which sold it on in 2005).
Dunlop Garage Equipment, a subsidiary garage equipment manufacturer, owned by Gemco, supplying vehicle servicing equipment for cars and commercial vehicles, based in Mytholmroyd, England.
Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, a company in Birmingham, England (sold by BTR in 1996; 75% of stack was sold to AAC Capital Partners. AAC sold company to Liberty Hall Capital Partners for $135 Million).
Dunlop Protective Footwear, a brand of waterproof footwear and safety boots, owned by the Dutch company Hevea, which acquired the brand in 1996.
In the US and Canada, the rights to the Dunlop brand is now owned by SRI Sports, part of Sumitomo Rubber Industries.
Dunlopillo, a brand of mattress and latex foam for furniture, owned in the UK by Steinhoff International, acquired in 2013 from Hilding Anders, which owns the brand in Scandinavia. Elsewhere it was owned by Dunlop Latex Foam Ltd (sold by BTR in 1997) and now by several companies including the Pikolin group. They are also operating in Asian countries like Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Vietnam.
Dunlop Conveyor Belting, part of Fenner Dunlop Conveyor Belting Worldwide, providing a range of conveyor belt systems
Dunlop Extrusions, a brand of rubber extrusions owned by an independent company in Manchester, England
Dunlop Fabrications, a brand of flexible fuel and water tanks owned by Trelleborg AB of Sweden
Dunlop Hiflex, a brand of hydraulic hoses and pipes
Dunlop Oil & Marine, a brand of rubber hose for marine use, owned by Continental AG of Germany
Dunlop Rubber Mouldings, owned by Dunlop Industrial Products, a South African company sold by BTR in 1998
Dunlop Systems & Components, an independent company borne of a management buyout from Trelleborg AB in 2007, who in turn had purchased the business as part of a suite of companies from BTR Seibe (which subsequently became Invensys - Until recently they owned a substantial historical catalogue of Trademark rights pertaining to use of the Dunlop/D Device in the manufacturing arena). Based in Coventry, England, manufacturing rubber full air struts, air springs, and bellows, ECAS (ElecronicallyControlled Air Suspension) air suspension components such as compressors and valve blocks and also owning the rights to automotive anti-vibration systems.
Dunlop Sport, a brand of golf and tennis equipment, sporting footwear and other products
Owned by SRI Sports (a subsidiary of Sumitomo) worldwide after acquisition of Dunlop Sport brand in most countries from Sports Direct. SRI Sports already owned Dunlop Sport in Korea, Japan, and Taiwan prior to its acquisition of Dunlop Sport International.
^Trademark Lawyer – Federal Court – Dunlop aircraft tyres, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres Limited v The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company  FCA 1014 (11 July 2018)