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ContiRe.Tex tire

Introducing ContiRe.Tex

Using recycled materials in the design, development and production of premium tyres

With our ContiRe.Tex technology, we aim to make the manufacturing, use, and recyclability of our tyres more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. We just got one step closer to our goal of tyres being made from 100% recycled or sustainable materials.

“Tex” is an abbreviation for textiles, in this case, to denote a high-quality polyester yarn produced from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, which could’ve otherwise ended up in rubbish incinerators, oceans, or landfills.

The yarn is mechanically produced without any intermediate chemical steps. The process entails manually separating bottles from the caps, followed by mechanically cleaning, shredding, and processing the plastic into granulate, which is finally spun into the polyester yarn used to make our sustainable tyres.

We ensure that the PET bottles are gathered exclusively from regions without a closed recycling loop. A set of standard passenger car tyres utilises material from 40 recycled PET bottles (ContiRe.Tex utilises between 9 to 15 PET bottles per tyre, depending on our tyre size).

EcoContact 6 ContiRe.Tex

Today’s plastic waste is tomorrow’s production material

ContiRe.Tex completely replaces conventional polyester normally used in the construction of tyre carcasses and is as durable as conventionally-made tyres. The textile cords embedded in the tyres are designed to absorb the forces of internal pressure and remain dimensionally stable even under heavy loads and at high temperatures.

ContiRe.Tex has successfully proven its performance with the our CrossContact Extreme E racing tyre under extreme conditions in the second season of Extreme E Racing. The season kicked off in February 2022, and will continue throughout the year. Moreover, the support vehicles for this year’s Tour de France will, for the first time, be equipped with tyres including ContiRe.Tex technology. ContiRe.Tex tyres can be distinguished from tyres without ContiRe.Tex through a special logo printed on the sidewall that states: “Contains Recycled Material.”

Quote from Ferdinand Hoyos

Our sustainability commitment guides our efforts

  • We consume 55% less water and 17% less energy than the industry average of per metric tonne of tyres produced
  • We plan to further reduce this by another 20% by 2030
  • Since the end of 2020, grid electricity purchased for our tyre production sites worldwide is carbon-neutral thanks to the procurement of energy attribute certificates
  • We are a member of the RE 100 initiative that fosters renewable energy
  • Our tyre production will be carbon neutral by 2040
  • We aim to be completely climate-neutral along our entire value chain by 2050
ContiRe.Tex technology

ContiRe.Tex technology in currently available in five sizes in our PremiumContact™ 6 and our EcoContact™ 6 tyre categories

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

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

EcoContact 6 ContiRe.Tex tire

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