Saskatoon, Sask., September 2, 2015. Today, Continental Tire the Americas, LLC’s Commercial Vehicle Tire group (Continental Tire) and Quality Tire Service LTD, the largest independent tire dealer in Saskatchewan, celebrate their partnership with the opening of the first commercial tire retread facility in western Canada.
The new location will operate as a ContiLifeCycle™ facility, which is the umbrella for Continental Tire’s retreading operations. ContiLifeCycle™ is a cradle-to-grave solution that begins with a new Continental tire and continues with the ContiTread™ premium retreading solution, which prolongs the life of the tire as well as significantly lowering the cost of the tire.
Today the 17,400 square-foot-facility employs 15 people and has the capacity to produce up to 24,000 retreads per year. The plant is outfitted with new equipment and includes the latest technologies for manufacturing retreads exclusively for the province of Manitoba and Saskatchewan and will service more than 200 customers.
“Growing our ContiLifeCycle distribution across Canada is our most important objective,” said Paul Williams, Continental’s executive vice president for commercial vehicle tires in the Americas. “Partnering with service focused distributors like Quality Tire Service LTD in an effort to reduce overall driving costs to our fleet customers will be what drives mutual success of both dealers and fleets. We could not have chosen a better partner for the provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba and look forward to many more of these partnerships that also help to bring jobs and boost the Canadian economy into the future.”
The Saskatoon facility is the first of many ContiLifeCycle™ plants planned for the region and is a key component of Continental Tire’s aggressive growth strategy for ContiLifeCycle™ in Canada.
Continental develops intelligent technologies for transporting people and their goods. As a reliable partner, the international automotive supplier, tire manufacturer, and industrial partner provides sustainable, safe, comfortable, individual, and affordable solutions. In 2015, the corporation generated sales of €39.2 billion with its five divisions, Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tires, and ContiTech. Continental currently employs approximately 215,000 people in 55 countries.
The Tire Division currently has more than 24 production and development locations worldwide. The broad product range and continuous investments in R&D make a major contribution to cost-effective and ecologically efficient mobility. As one of the world's leading tire manufacturers with about 49,000 employees, the Tire Division achieved sales of €10.4 billion in 2015.
Continental Commercial Vehicle Tires is one of the largest manufacturers of truck, bus and commercial specialty tires worldwide. The business unit is continuously developing from a pure tire manufacturer to a solution provider, offering a broad range of products, services and tire related solutions.