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Continental - Solids History

Continental - Solids History

Milestones Solid Tyres


The Beginning

First super elastic tyres, which were produced by the original plant owner Louis Peter.

Acquisition of Louis Peter AG

We acquires Louis Peter AG and take over the plant in Korbach, Germany. The factory becomes 100% Continental. Over the years it develops into the European production hub for our solid tyres.

Introduction of POB

Elastic steel belt tyres existed on horse carriages before 1930s. As steel had a very limited availability during the World War II, elastic tyres with wire cords on cylindrical rims gained importance even though it was never as famous and accepted as elastic steel belt tyres.
Today’s POB tyres, MC20 or MH20 follow the naming structure of “M” for massive, “C” for treaded tyre (contour) and “H” for smooth tyre.  

First revolutionary innovation

The first revolutionary innovation in the solid tyre segment was the introduction of the super elastic (SE) tyre for pneumatic rims. SE tyres are characterised by a three-layer construction consisting of a base layer, an elastic middle compound and an abrasion optimised tread layer, which reaches all around into the sidewall.

We grouped the new SE tyres under the umbrella of ContiSuperElastic and with it the industry wide familiar abbreviation CSE and synonym for solid tyres was born.  

Introduction of CSE MiL

Introduction of Continental Super Elastic (CSE) MiL for use on small industrial tractors and for special applications.

First full year of SE production

After the introduction of CSE the production in Korbach ramps up and the factory notes their first full year of solid tyre production.   

Introduction of CSE tyres in Earthmover

First Continental Super Elastic tyre E3 in earthmover applications.

Second revolutionary innovation

The second revolutionary innovation in the solid tyre industry is written at the end of the 1970s, when we created Snap-in-Tyre (SIT) technology, which is officially registered July 21st, 1982.

It facilitates rapid SE mounting with no loose rim parts. This patented solution saves time and money since mounting requires just one press.

Today this is still classed as one of the most significant innovations in the solid tyre industry.

Introduction of Clean and Antistatic Compounds

The start of antistatic tyre production. Antistatic tyres prevent the static charging especially in hazardous environments.

A clean compound, which leaves no floor markings on the ground was developed and from now on „clean tyres“ were born. The main fields of industries are automotive industry food and beverages, computer and electronics, solar industry, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Introduction of CSE-Robust SC10

Launch of our CSE-Robust SC10 SIT tyres for pneumatic rims. The tyre name is based on the following structure: The “S” stands for Solid, while the “C” defines a treaded tyre (contour). 

1.5 million CSE tyres from Korbach

Production anniversary of 1.5 million CSE tyres in Korbach 

Introduction of CSE-Robust SC15

Product launch of the CSE-Robust SC15

First driverless transport system
Profilgate DTS
Profilgate DTS

Introduction of first driverless transport system (DTS) for industrial tyre production in Korbach  

3.5 million CSE tyres from Korbach

On March, 10th 2000 3.5 million CSE tyres have been produced in Korbach 

5 million CSE tyres from Korbach

Production anniversary of 5 million CSE tyres produced in Korbach (tyre dimension 355/45-15 SIT) 

Product innovation of CSEasy concept

Product innovation of our CSEasy tyre, first self-mounting solid tyre. Our CSEasy ushers in a completely new age in mounting technology. From this point on, changing a tyre does not require a mounting press any longer. The advantages are obvious: Increased cost efficiency, enhanced safety through simplified procedures and huge time savings.

Introduction of CSE-Robust SC20

CSE-Robust SC20 introduction for outdoor and indoor usage and as the successor for CSE-Robust SC15

Introduction of Barum Industry

Barum Industry introduction as Solid Quality brand  

Introduction of CSE-Robust SC18

CSE-Robust SC18 introduction with a strong selling focus for The Americas region (from Kalutara, Sri Lanka)

Joint Venture

Joint Venture with Eu-Retec (Pvt) Ltd from Kalutara, Sri-Lanka with 51% Continental share

Machinery innovations in Korbach

A world premier was installed in our original and most innovative manufacturing facility in Korbach:  A bead winding machine (German: Wickelbodenanlage – WBA), that enables rubber compounds to be processed to tyre bases. Multiple steel wires are winded to a core. These cores are placed on the base and the machines automatically covers the with the top layer. 

Introduction of ContiPT18

Introduction of ContiPT18 Press-On-Band (POB) tyre from Sri Lanka production in Kalutara 

8 million CSE tyres from Korbach

Production anniversary with 8 million CSE tyres produced in Korbach 

Airport - Portfolio compilation
VF TractorMaster Hybrid with Tyre Sensor
VF TractorMaster Hybrid with Tyre Sensor

Compiling of product portfolio for the ground support and handling in airports as a mixture of solid and pneumatic tyres.   

CSE compound upgrade
SC20 Mileage+ & SC20 Energy+
SC20 Mileage+ & SC20 Energy+

Compound upgrade and launch of Milage and Energy CSE SC20 versions

Introduction of ContiLifeCycle

Introduction of a retreaded solid rubber tire using only casings that pass strict quality checks for a cleaner world

Introduction of CSE CS20

Newcomer CS20 launched as first solid tyre with closed shoulders for an efficient and safe indoor use

Introduction of new “Plus Compound”

Introduction of new “Plus Compound” for solid tyres 

Acquisition of Kalutara plant

Kalutara plant becomes 100% Continental. Clean compound starts serial production for defined dimensions/applications