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A TIRE (American English) or tyre (British English), is a ring-shaped vehicle component that covers the wheel's rim to protect it and enable better vehicle performance. Most tires, such as those for automobiles and bicycles, provide traction between the vehicle and the road while providing a flexible cushion that absorbs shock.

The materials of modern pneumatic tires are synthetic rubber, natural rubber, fabric and wire, along with carbon black and other chemical compounds. They consist of a tread and a body. The tread provides traction while the body provides containment for a quantity of compressed air. Before rubber was developed, the first versions of tires were simply bands of metal that fitted around wooden wheels to prevent wear and tear. Early rubber tires were solid (not pneumatic). Today, the majority of tires are pneumatic inflatable structures, comprising a doughnut-shaped body of cords and wires encased in rubber and generally filled with compressed air to form an inflatable cushion. Pneumatic tires are used on many types of vehicles, including cars, bicycles, motorcycles, trucks, earthmovers, and aircraft. Metal tires are still used on locomotives and railcars, and solid rubber (or other polymer) tires are still used in various non-automotive applications, such as some casters, carts, lawnmowers, and wheelbarrows.

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  • Apollo - since 1972.
  • BFGOODRICH - since 1870. The first American tire manufacturer to make radial tires.
  • BRIDGESTONE - since 1931. "Your journey to the top is full of twists and turns. That's why our tires are rigorously engineered to perform their best when you need them most." As of 2017, the company is the largest manufacturer of tyres in the world, followed by Michelin (France), Goodyear (United States), Continental (Germany) and Pirelli (Italy).
  • CONTINENTAL - since 1871. "The Future in Motion."
  • DUNLOP - (1889-1985). After taking on excessive debt Dunlop was acquired by the industrial conglomerate BTR in 1985. Since then, ownership of the Dunlop trade-names has been fragmented.
  • FALKEN - since 1983. Falken has now become a stand-alone brand that focuses on UHP (Ultra High Performance) products while utilizing professional motorsports to further develop and improve products for worldwide distribution.
  • FIRESTONE - since 1900. "Dependability Never Clocks Out." In 1988, Firestone was sold to the Japanese Bridgestone Corporation.
  • FUZION - "Great Value. Total Confidence."
  • GENERAL TIRE - since 1915. "For over 100 years General Tire has offered a complete line of quality tires to meet all your needs."
  • GOODYEAR - since 1898. Goodyear manufactures tires for automobiles, commercial trucks, light trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, race cars, airplanes, farm equipment and heavy earth-mover machinery. As of 2017, Goodyear is one of the top four tire manufacturers along with Bridgestone (Japan), Michelin (France) and Continental (Germany).
  • HANKOOK - since 1941. South Korean tire company. Based in Seoul, South Korea, the Hankook Tire group is the 7th largest tire company in the world.
  • KUMHO TIRE - since 1960. "Better, All-Ways."
  • LEXANI TIRES - since 1996. "Performance Tire."
  • Maxxis - since 1967. "Maxxis International is committed to delivering high performance tyres to the world. Our products are unequalled in quality and performance."
  • MICHELIN - since 1889. "Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle." French tyre manufacturer. It is the second largest tyre manufacturer in the world after Bridgestone and larger than both Goodyear and Continental. In addition to the Michelin brand, it also owns the BFGoodrich, Kleber, Tigar, Riken, Kormoran and Uniroyal (in North America) tire brands.
  • PIRELLI - since 1872. "Power is nothing without control." Italian industrial enterprise active in more than 160 countries. The Pirelli Group is the fifth largest tyre manufacturer in the world, in terms of turnover, with 19 factories in four continents, and is a leader in the high end and high technology segments of tyre market.
  • SUMO TIRE - since 1909. "Engineered for Optimal Performance."
  • TOYO TIRES - since 1945. "Driven to perform."
  • Uniroyal - since 1892. "For Everything You Value." Manufacturer of high quality, affordable passenger, pickup, SUV & commercial tires.
  • YOKOHAMA - since 1917. "Tires that are not afraid to perform. Anywhere." Tires for passenger cars, trucks and buses, light trucks, mining and construction equipment.
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