In mud soaked valleys, in dry leafy terrains, in narrow streets and on wide-spreading highways, whichever road you take, one thing that’s very crucial while driving is the quality of tyres. If your car features inferior quality tyres, even the adventurous of journeys is spoiled. And so, extreme care should be taken while purchasing the tyres. Here are the top 10 brands of tyres in the world.
Choose wisely so that tyres don’t become a barrier and you can take the road you’ve always wanted to take. Starting with,
Founded in Birmingham, Dunlop is a subsidiary brand of Goodyear Tyre and Rubber Company. It supplies tyres for all seasons and all terrains including the ones with sporty tyres and for pick-up. The brand’s tyres are equipped with plenty of features like Hydro-Paddle TechnologyTM, Dunlop Self-Supporting TechnologyTM(DSST), Silicarbon MatrixTM, Traction Web TechnologyTM and many more. In Asia, the brand is operated by Sumitomo Rubber Industries. In 2016, Sumitomo started the upgradation of the brand at Lady smith, South Africa.
Incorporated 71 years ago, Toyo is an automotive brand of Toyo Tyres & Rubber Company based in Osaka, Japan. Apart from tyres, the brand deals with other products of rubber as well. This chain of rubber products includes synthetic resin items, waterproof sheets, sheet cushions, polyurethane products and sporting goods. The company employs Nano technology and T mode Simulation Technology in designing their products. The brand signifies the power of youth. Also, they believe that their blue logo is a signifier of youth’s energy.
All those hot-shot advertisements of the popular automobiles like Volkswagen, Ford, BMW, Toyota, Porsche, etc. you see everywhere are driven by Continental. No, it’s true. The tyres these renowned companies use are of this brand. It comes under the Germany-based company Continental AG that deals in tyres, brakes, interior vehicle electronics and automotive safety. It is currently the fourth largest tire manufacturing company in the world.
Everyone is well aware about the super-durable mobile phones of Nokia but few know that this leading tyre brand Nokian is a tributary formed by Nokia only. It was in 1932 when Nokia started focussing entirely on mobile communications that Nokian was formed. Though it is known for its winter tires, the remaining product chain of the brand includes car tyres, commercial vehicle tyres, bicycle tyres and other tyre-related products. Nokian is also the owner of the Vianor tire chain, which is the largest tire chain in Nordic countries.
Being the seventh largest tyre company in the world, Hankook supplies nearly 100 million tyres annually. However, it was not until that they started producing radial tyres and bias-ply tyres that they go famous worldwide. In addition to tyres, Hankook is a leading supplier of batteries, alloy wheels and brake pads. Established in 1941 as the Chosun Tire Company, the brand now has a team of over 21,000 persons from round the globe.
From toy balloons to manufacturing tread rubber to world’s most trusted tire brand, MRF has spanned a long journey, and is continuing. Headquartered in Chennai, MRF or the Madras Rubber Foundation is an Indian multinational company producing tyres and rubber products. Among its many awards and honours, the brand is recognized as a recipient of JD Power Award, 11 times in a row.
Till 2005, Pirelli’s focus was primarily on tyres and telecommunication cables. It was when they sold their cable division to Goldman Sachs that Pirelli became a tyre brand. Established in Milan, the company holds an extensive network consisting of 160 countries and over 10,000 distributors. The company is also an active sponsor for many worldwide fashion projects and sports events including Formula One Championship 2011-2019.
3. Bridge Stone
Bridge stone is a multinational company whose name was derived from its founder’s name Shojiro Ishibashi in which Ishi means Stone and bashi means bridge. It is one of the largest tyre manufacturing companies in the world. Also, Bridgestone is a sponsor to many sports events including formula racing, motorcycling, sports car racing and more. Along with its automotive line of business, the company operates a commercial services group, a bicycle brand, golf products and an annual journalism competition.
Apollo Tyres is an Indian company with its five manufacturing units, four in India and one in Netherlands. Founded in 1972, the billion dollar tyre brand is operated by a team of over 16000 employees. It generates its maximum revenue, around 70%, from the Indian industry. At recent, Apollo has also bought the German company Reifencom for 45.6 million euros. Currently, it operates from its headquarters in Gurgaon.
Have you heard of a Michelin-star restaurant? Ever wondered, these stars awarded for cooking could come from world’s number one brand of tyres, Michelin. From its many amazing inventions, the two main are removable tyres and radial tyres. Not just cars or cycles, Michelin manufactures tyres for space shuttles, aircrafts and other heavily equipped vehicles. The 127 year old French company grosses an annual revenue of over 20 billion euros.
The next time you are in a car showroom purchasing a new model; do ask the dealer which brand its tyres are made of. People, happy driving!