Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is a United States based global company that specializes in the design, manufacture, marketing and sales of automobiles, light truck, medium truck tires, and subsidiaries which specialize in motorcycle and racing tires, as well as tread rubber and related equipment for the retread industry. With headquarters in Findlay, Ohio, Cooper Tire has 59 manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design facilities within its family of companies located around the world.
Cooper also owns the UK Avon Tyres brand, which also produces tires for motorcycles, road cars, and for motor racing.
Its slogan is "The tire with two names....the company and the man who built it."
Avon Rubber plc
In 1997, the tire business of Avon Rubber plc
, in the United Kingdom
was sold to Cooper Tire. This left Avon able to concentrate on its core businesses of automotive components, technical products, and protective equipment. The Cooper Tire site remains a major employer in central Melksham.
A1 Grand Prix
Cooper Tire became the official tire of the A1 Grand Prix
, dubbed the World Cup of Motorsports, for the series' initial 2005-2006
season. Cooper was under contract to produce slick tires and treaded rain tires for the series championship until 2008
Champ Car Atlantic Championship
Cooper Tire became the official tire of the Champ Car Atlantic Championship
Cooper is heavily involved in the sport of drifting
by supplying tires to several drifters in both the Need for Speed Formula D
Drift series and U.S. Drift series.