Joseph Henry Fenner established The Fenner Group in 1861. At the time of the founding, the company manufactured leather belting. These products were essential in lacing hoses, and in power transmission. Up to the end of the 19th century, the largest markets for Fenner’s products were India and Europe. Fenner expanded its operations to include manufacturing of polymer belting as well as using textiles to reinforce rubber products.
Fenner floated its shares on the London Stock Exchange in 1937, where the shares were traded as FENR. The company embarked on an expansion drive into international markets like India, South Africa, and Australia in the 1950s. However, the company’s headquarters remain in Hessle, the United Kingdom. The Australian subsidiary was acquired by Dunlop in 2001 and changed the name to Fenner Dunlop. In 2018, Michelin acquired Fenner PLC, together with Fenner Dunlop. As a result, Fenner was delisted from LSE.