A brief history

Continental was founded in 1871 and has been growing steadily ever since. Currently, Continental employ over 220,000 employees globally who are all united by the company's four traditional and central corporate values: Trust, Passion To Win, Freedom To Act, and For One Another.

Continental's objective: satisfied customers.

Achieving that objective: giving people affordable access to safe, clean, intelligent and convenient mobility.

Continental's goal: ensuring that our organization is ready to meet the future.

Continental's timeline of significant dates

  • 1871: Continental is founded, manufacturing soft rubber products, rubberised fabrics and solid tyres for carriages and bicycles.
  • 1892: Continental become first German company to manufacture pneumatic tyres for bicycles
  • 1900: Continental balloon material is used to seal the gas bags for the LZ 1 German airship
  • 1901: First Daimler-produced car to be called Mercedes, racing on Continental pneumatic tyres is victorious in the Nice Salon-Nice Car race
  • 1904: First automobile tyre with patterned tread presented by Continental
  • 1905: Continental produces anti-skid tyres
  • 1908: Invention of the innovative detachable rims for sedans
  • 1921: 50th Anniversary is accompanied by launch of cord tyre to market.
  • 1936: Synthetic rubber introduced to tyre manufacturing process
  • 1960: Commencement of the mass production of radial tyres
  • 1967: Opening of the Contidrom Tyre Testing Facility
  • 1972: Launch of studless Conti-Contact winter tyre
  • 1979: Continental compete takeover of Uniroyal Inc.
  • 1985: Continental compete takeover of Austrian company Semperit
  • 1991: Continental first manufacturer to launch environmentally friendly passenger car
  • 1997: Continental releases ISAD (Integrated Starter Alternator Damper) that helps to substantially reduce fuel consumption and emissions
  • 2003: Unveiling of ContiSportContact 2 Vmax, first road tyre approved for speeds of up to 223 mp/h
  • 2006: Continental acquires Motorola increasing activities in telematics
  • 2010: Launch of ContiSportContact 5 P, a high-performance summer tyre specifically designed for custom vehicles and sports cars
  • 2014: Continental Global workforce exceeds 189,100 for the first time with annual sales reaching £30.7bn