Where do tyres come from?
Posted by: Cal on 15/03/2013
Here at Tyreright, we are your number one stop for tyres in Australia and top quality tyre services.
We also happen to know a thing or two about the humble tyre - more than most, we bet!
You may have wondered where the tyre comes from originally. Well, it's complicated.
The first working pneumatic tyre was made in Belfast, Ireland in 1887 by John Boyd Dunlop. He made it for his son's bicycle after the latter kept getting headaches on rough terrain!
The word tyre was originally spelt 'tire' - and still is in American English. This actually a word derived from the French verb 'tirer', which means 'to pull'.
That's because the word 'tire' first referred to iron hoops or thick wires bound to carriage wheels, which 'pulled' the vehicles along.
The process of vulcanisation - the chemical process in which rubber is converted into a more durable material via the addition of certain 'accelerators' - was first mastered by Charles Goodyear in the 1840s in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Did you know that vulcanisation gets its name from the Roman god of fire, Vulcan?
More than one billion tyres are manufactured annually - in countries all around the world!