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Dunlop Aviation

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July 1949. Canadair North Star. (Flight 1949/07/28)

Note: This is a sub-section of Dunlop Rubber Co

Dunlop Aviation subsidiary of Dunlop Holdings.[1]

Dunlop designed the brakes for Concorde and had also invented Maxaret, the world's first anti-lock braking system (ABS), in the early 1950s which improved stopping distances for aircraft.[2]

1968 Testing of aircraft tyres at Fort Dunlop. [3]

1982 Dunlop Aviation Division secured an important civil aviation deal following the decision by US firm Boeing to use the company's weight-saving carbon brakes on the new 757 airliner.[4]

1985 BTR Industries acquired Dunlop Aviation Division

1998 BTR Industries sold the aerospace businesses to Doughty Hanson, including Dunlop Aviation, which made and serviced wheels and barkes, Dunlop Precision Seals and Standard Aero, which repaired engines, together with a business which made parts for turbofans. The businesses were named Dunlop Standard Aerospace Group[5]

2004 Meggitt acquired the aircraft wheels and brakes business of the Dunlop Standard Aerospace Group for £793 million; the rest of the company (engine repair) was acquired by Carlyle Group[6].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1982/04/29
  2. Wikipedia
  3. The Engineer of 22nd March 1968 p477
  4. The Engineer 1982/04/22
  5. The Times, August 01, 1998
  6. The Times, July 06, 2004