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Continental Tyres are renowned for their expertise, which sets a solid foundation on which the company bases itself to constantly push and develop new trends within the tyre and automotive industry. Continental tyres provides innovative solutions to make mobility safer, more comfortable and more sustainable for their customers.

Continental Tyres develop and test their premium tyres, taking into account each key factor to ensure real safety for drivers, as well as the optimum quality and performance of their products. The tyres produced by Continental are regularly leading independent magazine tests.

Continental Tyres resonate with customers due to their product excellence and reliability in any scenario: resistance against wear, adhesion and comfort are the key for the development of their products.

Technological innovation is at the heart of the strategy deployed by the brand, which focuses on high-end and advanced technology. Continental tyres spreads its product offerings to a range of vehicles including: passenger cars, commercial and industrial vehicles, two-wheelers, and trucks.

Continental engineers work closely with new car manufacturers to ensure that their (OE) Original Equipment tyres are perfectly suited to the vehicle, and that they translate into performance on the road. One in every three new cars in Europe are now fitted with Continental tyres, and other Continental products, with Continental now suppling a wide variety of components befitting a modern-day car.



The History of Continental Tyres

  • October 8th, 1871: Continental-Caoutchouc- und Gutta-Percha Compagnie is founded in Hannover as a joint stock company. Manufacturing at the main factory in Vahrenwalder Street includes soft rubber products, rubberised fabrics, solid tyres for carriages and bicycles.

  • 1882: The rampant horse is adopted as the Continental Tyres trademark.

  • 1898: Production of automobile pneumatic tyres without tread pattern starts in Hannover-Vahrenwald.

  • 1901: The first Daimler-produced car to be called Mercedes achieves a sensational victory on Continental pneumatics in the Nice-Salon-Nice car race.

  • 1905: Continental produces riveted anti-skid tyres, a forerunner of steel-studded tyres.

  • 1909: Specimens of synthetic rubber developed at Bayer are successfully vulcanized at Continental and made into the first test tyres.

  • 1921: The first giant pneumatic tyres are made by Continental and replace the solid tyres used until that time on commercial vehicles.

  • 1926: Carbon black is used as a reinforcing filter to give the tyre more resistance to wear and ageing, as well as its characteristic colour.

  • 1936: Synthetic rubber is introduced into the tyre manufacturing process.

  • 1942: Continental markets a rubber-metal bonding under the registered trade name of Continental Schwingmetall. It is used to isolate vibrations and noise when supporting motors.

  • 1943: Patent application filed for tubeless tyres.

  • 1951: Production of steel cable conveyor belt starts.

  • 1952: Continental adds M+S tyres for winter driving to its range of conventional tyres.

  • 1955: At the beginning of the year Continental is the first German company to start manufacturing tubeless tyres.

  • 1960: Mass production of radial tyres begins.

  • 1972: Continental launches the studless ContiContact winter tyre.

  • 1993 – 1994: Introduction of the 1st generation of Silica technology in factories.

  • 2007: Continental acquires Siemens VDO Automotive AG and advances to among the top five suppliers in the automotive industry worldwide.

  • 2011: Continental expands its position in the tyre industry with the opening of their tyre plant in the Chinese city of Hefei in Anhui province.

  • 2011: Continental Tyres Australia opens its first Continental store in Wanneroo, Western Australia.