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History

150 YEARS OF INNOVATION AND PROGRESS

For 150 years, we've been passionate about tyres.

We have a history of success going all the way back to 1871, when our company was first established in Hanover, Germany.

Wherever people strive to turn their ideas of mobility into reality, we’re ready to support them. It's a common thread running through every era of our history; our technologies, systems and service solutions make mobility and transport more sustainable, safer, more convenient, more customised, and more affordable.


There’s quite a lot of ground to cover, but here’s a summary of our key phases in 150 years of innovation and progress – and a tantalising glimpse into our future.



1871

Foundation of the Continental–Caoutchouc & Gutta-Percha-Compagnie.

1907

Our production plant in Korbach (Germany) was created as an offshoot of the Mitteldeutsche Gummiwarenfabrik Louis Peter AG.

1939

Opening of our tyre plant in Hanover (Germany).

1979

Takeover of the European tyre operations of Uniroyal, Inc., USA, gives us a wider base in Europe.

1985

Takeover of the tyre operations of the Austrian company Semperit.

1987

Acquisition of the North American tyre manufacturer General Tire, Inc. including the plant in Mount Vernon (USA).

1992/93

Acquisition of the Otrokovice (Czech Republic) plant. Barum becomes part of our Continental Group.

1998

We reinforce our position as a global tyre manufacturer by adding a site in South Africa (Port Elizabeth).

1999

Acquisition of the plant in Púchov (Slovakia).


2003

We established our Continental Sime Tyre joint venture. Acquisition of the Petaling Jaya (Malaysia) plant.

2006

Opening of our Camaçari (Brazil) plant.

2007

We acquired a majority interest in the Slovak company Continental Matador Rubber s.r.o.

2009

Joint venture with Eu-Retec (Pvt) Ltd in Sri Lanka to produce solid tyres, adding the plant in Kalutara (Sri Lanka).

2011

Acquisition of the Modi Tyres Company Ltd. including the plants in Modipuram and Partapur (India).

2012

Continental Sime Tyre Sdn. Bhd. becomes a fully owned subsidiary of Continental Corporation and is renamed as Continental Tyre Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

2013

Our ContiLifeCycle™ plant in Hanover (Germany) is established as the world's first fully integrated plant for hot retreading tyres and rubber recycling.