As a part of its centenary celebrations, Birmingham-based Dunlop Aircraft Tyres this month welcomed HRH The Duke of York to its head office in Erdington.
The Duke of York toured the company’s offices, factory and testing facility, where new products are being developed for aircraft including the Embraer E-Jets family, the Airbus A320, the Eurofighter and Airbus Military A400M transport aircraft.
Prince Andrew was told about Dunlop Aircraft Tyres’ achievements both at home and overseas and he discovered how he might be able to support this major exporter in his role as the UK’s special representative for international trade and investment.
At the end of his visit, HRH The Duke of York, who flew Dunlop-equipped Lynx and Sea King helicopters as well as Bulldog light aircraft during his time as a Royal Navy pilot, unveiled a plaque and was presented with a commemorative tail tyre from a Spitfire aircraft.
“We feel honored that HRH The Duke of York was able to visit us during our centenary celebrations,” said Dunlop Aircraft Tyres’ chairman, Ian Edmondson.
“The Duke showed great interest in our success as a major exporter and our continued investment in new products for civil and military aircraft.”
Dunlop Aircraft Tyres recently opened a new joint venture distribution and retreading facility in China and it has invested in additional manufacturing and testing equipment so that it can increase production and develop new products at its site in Birmingham.