|Avon India Rubber Company|
|1885 Brown and Margeston set up a rubber products manufacturing company in Stoke, Bath.|
Already five years in the tire business, Avon moves to the bank of the Rover Avon in Melksham in Wiltshire, Great Britain; we haven’t moved since.
|1901 Pneumatic Tyre production facility is build and paves the way for subsequent expansion.|
|1908 The company adopts the Trilithon (Stonehenge) trademark, with the hook line, "Symbols of Endurance", emphasising the durability of Avon products.|
The world’s waking up to the joys of motorcycling and Avon starts making tires for bikes and sidecars.
|1914-1918 Avon products are built and used for almost every type of miliary vehicle.|
|1920 Avon weathers the post -war slump by innovation, as one of the first companies to a manufacture a popular cord motor tyre.|
|1933 Avon shares are issued on the London Stock Exchange.|
|1941 World War 2 – Avon operates at full stretch to support the war effort with a total of 2,500 employees in all its enterprises.|
|1952 Avon’s line of classic tires arrives with the Speedmaster, Safety Mileage and Sidecar range|
|1956 Avon Tyres undertakes its largest project to date; a complete modernization and expansion of tyre manufacturing, carried out over five years and resulting in 50% increased productivity.|
|1957 Avon enters into motorcycle racing reaping rich rewards with every solo motorcycle champion wining on Avon Tyres from 1958-1963.
Avon acquires Henley Tyre and Rubber Company of Gravesend, Kent, with production of Henley tyres transferred to Melksham.
Glory years; every solo world champion, including John Surtees pictured here, rode to victory on Avon motorcycle tires.
|1961 Avon hits record production with 1.5 million tyres per year. Wide acclaim is won for the development of a cling rubber tread compound for car and motorcycle tyres, greatly enhancing wet road grip.|
|1966 "The great fire of Melksham", rages for hours destroying the finished goods stores and other areas of the factory: production resumes in just 24 hours.|
|1970-1980s Avon is at the forefront of radial tire development, superseding cross ply technology|
|1981 Avon opens a race tire production facility|
|1983 Avon creates its own racing tire division to design, develop and sell racing tires internationally|
|1985 The Roadrunner touring tire is launched|
|1987 Not content with street legal tires Avon launches its race range for track use only|
|1988 Gripster is the new dual purpose tire from Avon|
|1993 Look out – the Gangster tire is on the loose with Avon’s widest whitewall at 2 and ¾”|
|1996 A new Adventure sport tire is out called Distanzia|
|1997 Avon Tyres Limited is acquired by Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. of Ohio, USA. The creation of Cooper-Avon Tyres Limited marks the beginning of a new era for the company. Cooper-Avon Tyres Ltd. was also the first tyre manufacturer in the world to gain the prestigious ISO 9001 quality award.|
|2000 Avon range of Z rated tires successfully applies Advanced Variable Belt Density technology (A-VBD)|
Supermoto takes off as an international sport. Avon responds with a range of Supermoto tires for both amateurs and professionals.
|2005 A scooter range rolls off the production floor called Viper Stryke|
|2006 The Roadrider replaces several ranges – Super Venom/HKM and Roadrunner|
|2007 Venerable Venom gives way to the new Cobra range|
|2011 Avon Motorcycle Tyres celebrates its 100th anniversary, 3D Ultra sport range introduced|
|2013 Storm 3D X-M sport touring range trialed in 3 sizes and is so successful the full range comes out a year later|
|2014 Avon creates a front trike tire|
|2015 Avon’s TrailRider on road oriented Adventure Sport tire makes its appearance|
|2016 New 50/50 on/off road tire is launched called TrekRider and the StreetRunner is the first Avon range to be made at Cooper Tire’s plant in Serbia|