MELBOURNE, Australia (Feb. 1, 2016) — Goodyear's Australian subsidiary is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
Goodyear Australia traces its history back to “the humble beginnings of a small Sydney office in 1915.” The company established a national presence with distribution arrangements in most capital cities, then — to meet demand — established a local manufacturing plant in Sydney where in 1927 Goodyear produced its first Australian-made tire.
By 1930, according to the company, “depots were set up in Newcastle, Goulburn, Tamworth and Lismore (NSW), Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong (VIC); and Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns (QLD).”
By 1932, it had manufactured 1 million tires and by 1951 that production soared to 10 million tires.
During World War II, Goodyear's Australian operations serviced tire needs of aircraft, trucks, jeeps and motorcycles and, by the turn of the century, “the iconic Goodyear Blimp flew Australian skies for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games,” the company said.