While developing our premium tires, we consider each and every safety and performance aspect. The result: top ratings for Continental tires – around the world. Continental not only claims to produce world‐class tires of highest quality standard. We can actually prove it, too: Our multi‐award-winning tires are regurlary tested by independent international magazines.
Since 2007, Continental products have received the highest recommendations in almost 80% of all tests. Furthermore, the company has been voted the top tire brand by renowned car magazines such as AutoBild and AutoZeitung and warded the best of 50 years test by auto motor sport.
And our constant tire development will keep this tradition up.
•1871: Continental-Caoutchouc & Gutta-Percha Compagnie is founded as a joint stock company by nine German Hanover-based bankers and industrialists.
•This does not, however, amount to an initial public offering as understood today. Initially the founders divided up the shares among themselves. Only gradually did the shares come to be traded. The share is already being quoted on the Hanover stock market in 1873/74.
•October 1882: Continental registers the “prancing horse” as its official trademark with the imperial patent office in Hanover. To this very day the succinct identifying emblem is a protected trademark.
•Late 1920s: Major companies in the German rubber industry merge to form “Continental Gummi-Werke AG”. This company produces almost solely in Germany. But the share of output exported continues to rise.
•1979: The German tiremaker begins to orient itself in a more international direction, a strategy it has vigorously pursued to this very day.
•1979: Continental acquires the European tire operations of the American-based Uniroyal, Inc. This puts Continental on a wider footing in Europe.
•1985: With the takeover of the Austrian tire brand Semperit, Continental finally gains a foothold in Europe.
•1987: To strengthen its position on the North American market, Continental buys U.S. tiremaker General Tire (GT). Since 2001 GT has been operating under the name Continental Tire North America, Inc.
•1989/1990: Continental and the Portuguese company Mabor establish a joint venture for the production of tires in Lousado, Portugal. In 1993, Continental takes complete control of Lousado tire activities.
•1994: Benecke-Kaliko AG is integrated into the ContiTech division. Its production focuses on leatherette and foils.
•1995: The Automotive Systems division is established to step-up systems business with the automotive industry.
•1998: Automotive brake & chassis operations are purchased from the U.S. American company ITT Industries. The core of the acquisition is Alfred Teves GmbH, Frankfurt/Main, Germany.
•2000: Continental and Nisshinbo set up a new joint venture, Continental Teves Corporation, to cash in on the Japanese and Korean markets for brake and chassis systems.
•2001: Continental acquires the international electronics specialist Temic to bolster its position on the American and Asian markets. Temic has production facilities in America and Asia. In 2001 two further acquisitions are made. Continental acquires a majority holding in two Japanese companies engaged in the production of brake actuation components and disk brakes.
•2002: Continental and Yokohama form a 50/50 joint venture to step up tire activities with Japanese automotive manufacturers.
•2003: The joint venture Continental Sime Tyre in Malaysia is established. Continental’s expands its tire business in the ASEAN area (Southeast Asian countries) and Australia.
•2004: Phoenix AG merges with ContiTech to give rise to the world’s largest specialist for rubber and plastics technologies.
•2006: ContiTech acquires a Danish manufacturer of power transmission belts with production facilities in Denmark, China, Korea and India.
•2006: With the purchase of the automotive electronics business from the American company Motorola, Continental expands its activities in the telematics area and elsewhere.
•2007: The tire divisions and ContiTech step up their involvement in the Central and Eastern European markets. Continental obtains a majority holding in Matador Rubber s.r.o., Slovakia.
•2007: With the takeover of Siemens VDO Automotive AG, Continental makes the biggest acquisition yet in its corporate history. Continental moves up into the top league of automotive suppliers worldwide. At the same time the company bolsters its market position in Europe, North America and Asia.
•2009: A milestone for Continental’s growth in China and Asia: The new Asian headquarters and a research and development center are opened in Shanghai.
•2011: Continental lays the cornerstone for a new research and development center in Singapore.
•At present: Continental ranks among the top five automotive suppliers worldwide and holds the number 2 spot in Europe.