Mounting and maintenance of your Continental tyres
Continental was founded in Hanover in 1871 as the stock corporation “Continental-Caoutchouc- und Gutta-Percha Compagnie”. Manufacturing at the main factory in Hanover included soft rubber products, rubberized fabrics, and solid tyres for carriages and bicycles.
In 1898, initial successes in development and production were celebrated with the production of automobile pneumatic tyres with a plain tread. At the turn of the century Continental balloon fabric was used to seal the gas cells of the first German airship. In 1904 Continental became the first company in the world to develop grooved tyres for automobiles, in 1905 they commenced production of rivet anti-skid tyres, similar to the later studded tyres, and three years later they invented the detachable wheel rim for touring cars. In 1909, French aviator Louis Blériot was the first person to fly the English Channel. The flying surfaces of his monoplane were covered with Continental Aeroplan material.
In the late 1920s, the company merged with major companies in the rubber industry to form “Continental Gummi-Werke AG”.
In 1951 they commenced production of steel cord conveyor belts. In 1955, they were the first company to develop air springs for trucks and buses. Series production of belted tyres began in 1960. Around 30 years later Continental brought the first environmentally friendly tyres for passenger cars onto the market
In 1995 the Automotive Systems division was established to intensify the systems business with the automotive industry. Continental presented the key technology for hybrid drive systems back in 1997.
Today, Continental ranks among the top 5 automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tyres and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also a competent partner in networked automobile communication.
The Continental Corporation is divided into the Automotive Group and the Rubber Group, and consists of five divisions:
- Chassis & Safety focuses on modern technologies for active and passive safety for vehicle dynamics.
- Powertrain represents innovative and efficient system solutions for the powertrain of today and of the future for vehicles of all categories.
- Interior combines all activities relating to the presentation and management of information in the vehicle.
- Tyre offering to ensure the right tyre for every application – from passenger cars through to trucks, buses and construction site vehicles to special vehicles, bicycles and motorcycles. Continental tyres stand for excellent transmission of forces, exceptionally reliable tracking in all weather conditions and are highly cost effective.
- ContiTech develops and produces functional parts, components, and systems for the automotive industry and for other key industries.
The Tyre Division currently has 24 production and development locations worldwide, including South Africa. The broad product range and continuous investments in R&D makes a major contribution to cost-effective and ecologically efficient mobility. As one of the world's leading tyre manufacturers with more than 50,000 employees, the Tyre Division achieved sales of €10.7 billion in 2016.
Passenger and Light Truck Tyres
Continental is one of the leading manufacturers of passenger and light truck tyres in Europe and the world's fourth largest passenger tyre manufacturer in the original equipment and replacement market. The product development focus of the Continental premium brand is to optimize all safety-relevant characteristics, while simultaneously minimizing rolling resistance.
Where to buy Continental tyres?
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