Effective July 1, the business areas of ‘Commercial Specialty Tyres’, ‘Two Wheel Tyres’ and ‘Hoosier Racing Tyre’ are combined in a new “Specialty Tyres” business unit. As a result, from now on the entire Continental specialty tyre business will be developed, manufactured and distributed worldwide under the umbrella of the new unit: From tyres for material handling, the agricultural, port, and construction sectors, to bicycle and motorcycle tyres and tyres for racing.
Wolfgang Thomale, who has also been heading the ‘Commercial Specialty Tyres’ business unit since July 1, is responsible for the new business unit. The new unit also includes the ‘Two-Wheel Tyres’ area under the leadership of Thomas Falke, and ‘Racing’ under the responsibility of Joerg Burfien.
In the new role, Thomale reports directly to Christian Kötz, head of the ‘Tyres’ business area and member of the Executive Board of Continental AG. “With the new business unit, we are following the path we embarked on to consistently align all activities in the ‘Tyres’ business area with the customer,” says Kötz.
“We are combining niche segments with highly-specialised requirements on the part of customers in order to develop solutions and services even more quickly and flexibly and to gradually expand our product range in the interests of our customers.”
Wolfgang Thomale has been working at Continental for almost 30 years. He has held various positions in this time, most recently as head of PLT Channel Management Retail & Region Central Europe.