Continental AG is one of the biggest tyre producers in the world. The company’s headquarters is based in Hannover. The company’s history dates back to 1871. In the tyre business the company made its debut in 1892 by manufacturing bicycle tyres. Six years later, first tubed car tyres were produced under the brand Continental.
When it comes to the tyres sold, the company is the first on the German market, the second in Europe and the fourth in the world. The company’s plants are placed in: Germany, France, Portugal, Czech Republic and Romania.
The company offers high quality HP and UHP class tyres. The main area of Continental’s interest is a fuel consumption reduction by the use of innovative technologies enabling a production of fuel saving tyres. The offer includes passenger car tyres, van tyres, truck tyres, agricultural tyres, motorbike tyres and bicycle tyres. Continental products were fitted to the legendary VW Beetle.
Moreover, among the company’s customers are such captains of the industry as : Daimler AG, Ford, Volvo, BMW, General Motors, Toyota, Honda, Renault or Porsche.
Moreover, Continental tyres were frequently favoured in prestigious tyre rankings (e.g. German ADAC).
Continental concern consists of: Barum, Semperit, General Tire, Viking, and Uniroyal.
History of the brand
The logo of brand Continental
Continental-Caoutchouc und Gutta-Percha Compagnie was the original name of the firm which began trading on 8 October 1871. The range of its operations at that time might seem surprising: apart from tyres for carts and bicycles, it originally also produced footwear, waterproof fabrics, and shortly afterwards also balls and toys. And what about car tyres? Remember that at that time the automobile was still confined, if not to the world of dreams, at least to the visionary plans of mad inventors. When in 1870 Siegfried Marcus constructed the first vehicle driven by a petrol engine, few imagined that in just a few decades the car would become a universal means of transport.
From bicycles to cars
Continental’s designers might have sensed the direction that events would take. For now, however, the growing demand for bicycle tyres persuaded the firm to launch tyres with an air cushion that could be pumped up. In 1892 the company, which adopted a kicking horse as its symbol, became the first in Germany to begin the production of pneumatic tyres. At the same time its Hannover factory produced the first automobile tyres.
The infant motor industry was developing in Germany at a rapid pace. German constructors were quickly assisted by Continental’s engineers who, inspired by the anti-skid bicycle tyres, presented in ...