In February 2014 the trade journal “Tire Technology International” had special praise for Continental‘s recycling of rubber from end-of-life tyres in conjunction with the retreading of truck tyres at the ContiLifeCycle plant in Hanover.
Praising the ContiLifeCycle plant, jury member Joe Walter, an adjunct professor at The University of Akron said: “Utilising end-of life rubber products should lead to a significant reduction in Continental’s corporate carbon footprint while producing retreaded tyres in an environmentally friendly fashion. This recycle-retread initiative seems to be win-win for the consumer and the environment.”
“We are delighted that our ContiLifeCycle plant has been named Tyre Manufacturing Innovation of the Year,” said Christian Sass, who heads up the Truck and Bus Tyre Retreading segment at Continental. “We see this as confirmation that, with our globally unique combination of rubber recycling and truck tyre retreading, we have come up with a sustainable solution. In the space of 18 months our team transformed the vision of an innovative retreading and recycling solution into a reality. The outcome is a retread solution that is even more sustainable and has reached a new level in terms of product performance and characteristics.”
The Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation and Excellence are a celebration of far-sighted endeavour in the field of tyre development and manufacturing. A shortlist of contenders is drawn up based on nominations from readers and the editorial team at Tire Technology International. The shortlist is then passed on to an independent jury of international tyre experts who evaluate the nominees and select the winners. The awards are presented each year in February at a ceremony staged at the Tire Technology Expo fair in Cologne, Germany.