Excellence since 1871

140 Years of Continental... A Brief History.

The strength of Continental lies in its German heritage as a premium tyre manufacturer, and more recently in our comprehensive divisions. The combination of these attributes make Continental a leading technology supplier to the automotive industry. No other tyre manufacturer has the benefit of this level of expertise in-house, which is one of the many reasons why Continental is the best choice for all cars.

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 into the tyre manufacturing process.

1932

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.