Continental has brought together its fleet sector services under the banner of Conti360° Solutions. This reorganisation shines an even brighter spotlight on the future-focused themes of digitalisation and sustainability. With this measure, the company is responding to changing customer requirements in a market shaped by increasing digitalisation, data-driven management and cost pressure. The strategic pooling of services will also help the haulage industry to successfully address the growing need for sustainability in the logistics sector and is all part of the Vision 2030 strategic programme presented by Continental in December 2020. The company is using increasingly data-driven services as part of its focus on predictive maintenance – a key element in Logistics 4.0.
Continental is systematically pushing ahead with its evolution from tyre manufacturer and service provider into integrated solution provider.
Fleet solutions will now be offered as an overall package: The Conti360° Solutions contracts will now include digital solutions such as ContiConnect and ContiPressureCheck, and ContiLifeCycle – such as ContiRe, and UK-produced Bandvulc retreaded tyres alongside Continental’s robust casing management offering. “Our work to continue to grow the ContiLifeCycle concept, via our Conti360° Solutions contracts, will see us increase our emphasis on greater sustainability in the fleet business,” says Ralf Benack, Head of Fleet Business EMEA. “Conti360° Solutions makes us the go-to partner for sustainability in the fleet sector.” New visuals and a fresh logo will help to draw customer attention to the reorganisation.
The Conti360° business area now has over 40 years of experience in fleet service, with its Europe-wide tyre breakdown service in place since 1978. In the meantime, Conti360° Solutions has become established as a reliable partner specialising in full-line tyre management. It offers its customers in more than 25 countries security in terms of cost planning and provides them with expert service through a network of over 6,500 service partners.
“Our customers include a large number of leading international fleets who have placed their trust in Continental’s fleet solutions for many years – and that trust has been rewarded,” adds Benack. This latest reorganisation brings together services and products in an even more cohesive package. “What we’re doing is leveraging the synergies generated by our close collaboration with our colleagues on the Automotive side, and continually feeding the resultant know-how into our portfolio.” As a result, Continental can offer the haulage sector a professional solution that enables efficient fleet management with an emphasis on sustainability – through the use of fuel-saving tyres, resource-conserving retreads and digital tyre monitoring.
Continental already offers many fleet customers mileage-based contracts and a wide range of tyre services under the Conti360° Solutions banner. And then there are the company’s intelligent tyres, which use sensors and software to constantly monitor their condition. Working with selected fleet customers, Continental has already highlighted the added value for customers generated by connectivity between tyres, sensors, telemetry data, algorithms and the cloud. “This produces smart, digital solutions which help ensure that tyre maintenance and replacement can in the future can be carried out exactly when necessary,” explains Benack. “This allows customers to significantly increase the safety levels and productivity of their fleets, while at the same time cutting costs.”
Continental is pursuing a systematic programme of investment in the research and development of new technologies, alternative materials and environmentally compatible production processes. “Our aim is to offer our customers a ‘tyre of the future’ that is more energy efficient and kinder to the environment across production, the usage phase and retreading,” adds Benack. “We are looking to gradually move to 100 percent sustainably produced materials in tyre production by 2050.”
As well as being a supplier of premium tyres, Continental also acts as a professional partner for its customers in the fleet sector, jointly developing important solutions for future challenges. By 2030, as one of the world’s largest suppliers of electronics, sensors and software in the mobility sector, the company is aiming to become the market leader in service-based digital solutions. Incorporating digital tyre monitoring solutions into Conti360° Solutions contracts represents the logical next step when it comes to helping customers in the haulage industry continue their journey to greater digitalisation.
“With the ongoing development of our sensor technology, the expansion of our electronics and software portfolio and the constant improvement of our digital services, we are building strong foundations for our Conti360° Solutions service portfolio of the future,” concludes Benack.