Continental Launches World-First Tyres with Polyester Made from Recycled PET Bottles

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Continental Launches World-First Tyres with Polyester Made from Recycled PET Bottles

05/04/2022
  • Initial tyre dimensions with new ContiRe.Tex technology now available
  • Technology developed in-house for greater sustainability was brought to production readiness in just a few months

Continental is the first tyre manufacturer to launch volume production of recycled polyester yarn obtained from PET plastic bottles into passenger car tyres. The new ContiRe.Tex technology completely replaces the conventional polyester in a tyre carcass, with a set of standard tyres using material from around 40 recycled PET bottles.

The high-performance material will first be used in selected sizes for Continental’s PremiumContact 6 and EcoContact 6 summer tyres.

In September 2021, Continental unveiled the inhouse ContiRe.Tex technology for the first time. It uses polyester yarn, which is obtained from used PET bottles without any intermediate chemical steps and not recycled in any other way. This makes the technology much more efficient than other standard methods for processing PET bottles into high-performance polyester yarns. The bottles used for the technology come exclusively from regions without a closed recycling loop. As part of a special recycling process, the bottles are sorted and mechanically cleaned, after the caps are removed. After mechanical shredding, the PET is further processed into granulate and finally spun polyester yarn.

“We only use high-performance materials in our premium tyres. From now on, these will include polyester yarn from PET bottles, made in a particularly efficient recycling process. We brought our innovative ContiRe.Tex technology to the production stage in just eight months. I’m proud of our entire team for this remarkable achievement,” says Ferdinand Hoyos, who heads up Continental’s tyre replacement business in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He adds, “We’re constantly expanding the share of renewable and recycled materials in our tyres. By 2050 at the latest, we want to use only sustainable materials in our tyre production.”


The first tyres with recycled PET bottles are now available

All tyres with ContiRe.Tex technology now being produced in the upcoming market launch phase come from the Continental tyre plant in Lousado, Portugal. Tyres with ContiRe.Tex technology have a special logo on the sidewall (“Contains Recycled Material”).

Polyester yarn made from PET has long been used as a material in passenger and light truck tyre assembly. The textile cords absorb the forces of the tyre's internal pressure and remain dimensionally stable even under high loads and temperatures. To make the tyres more energy-saving and environmentally friendly in manufacturing, use and recyclability, Continental is intensively researching alternative materials for tyre production.

In September 2021, the premium tyre manufacturer debuted the Conti GreenConcept, using polyester from recycled plastic bottles in the carcass, at IAA MOBILITY. For the second season of the all-electric Extreme E racing series, which opened in February 2022, Continental has developed a tyre which uses ContiRe.Tex too. The support vehicles for this year’s Tour de France will also be equipped exclusively with ContiRe.Tex tyres.

In the UK, Continental is initially launching from mid-April across ten sizes of the PremiumContact 6 and the EcoContact 6 tyres. 

Currently available products and dimensions with ContiRe.Tex:

PremiumContact 6

EcoContact 6

225/45R17 91Y

205/55R16 91V

225/40R18 92Y

195/65R15 91V

235/45R18 98Y

205/60R16 96H XL

235/40R19 96Y

185/65R15 88H

245/40R19 98Y XL

235/55R18 100V


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Samara Edwards Amos

Communications and PR Specialist

Continental Tyres

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Yiewsley

West Drayton

UB7 7XW

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