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The invention of the rubber tire for passenger vehicles dates back to the mid-19th century, when the American chemist and engineer Charles Goodyear discovered the vulcanization process. It involved heating rubber with sulfur, which converted sticky rubber into a more pliable substance. Vulcanization thus enabled the transformation of raw rubber into different shapes, and it quickly became the most widely used material for making vehicular tires. The next stage in the evolution of the rubber tire came in 1888, when the Scottish inventor John Boyd Dunlop developed the pneumatic tire. The technology utilized in these tires involved enclosing air within the tire to reduce vibration and improve traction, thus making the ride comfortable for passengers.
Automotive tire OEM technology has come a long way since Goodyear and Dunlop’s discoveries and innovations. Today, tire manufacturers are engineering novel tire products using new-age production methods technologies and designing tire solutions for a broad array of industries, ranging from agriculture and mining to car racing and aviation. Moreover, with automobiles becoming more affordable and economies growing rapidly, the scope of this market is widening at an unprecedented pace.