Dunlop celebrates 130th anniversary in South Africa

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Dunlop executives at Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA) have been celebrating the company’s 130th birthday. Since its founding by John Boyd Dunlop, the brand has achieved many significant milestones.

Riaz Haffejee CEO of SRSA, said, “We acquired the Dunlop brand in 2013 and it has been a privilege to take on a brand with such a rich heritage and continue its amazing journey. Dunlop’s legacy of quality and reliability is why it has stood the test of time. At SRSA we are committed to serving our customers with excellence, and as the custodian of the #SaferthanSafe initiative, quality and safe products remain our top priority.”

Customers and staff alike shared their enthusiasm for this milestone.

“Dunlop is the tire brand that took my parents and grandparents places, helped them make memories and is a big part of who we are as a family today. The Dunlop brand is a proudly South African household name to me,” said Kenneth Botha of Cuyler Service Centre.

“The brand ’Dunlop’ is more than a tire brand. In most parts of Africa especially in Nigeria and Zambia, Dunlop has achieved an iconic status. Even after decades of existence, it is still among the most trusted brands in Africa. The ’D’ of Dunlop is one of the most recognized symbols in the tire industry and we feel privileged to represent the brand in many countries in Africa,” commented Govind Ram, DWA Tyre Group.

Stephen Orr, group manager for business development at SRSA, has been employed by the company for over 10 years. He said, “Under SRSA we have seen the Dunlop brand grow from strength to strength. This is due to the company’s commitment to customer service, quality and safety. I am proud to work for a brand that is so passionate about its products.”

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