One hundred and fifty years ago, in the days of President Ulysses S. Grant and Queen Victoria, the same year as the Great Chicago Fire and three years before Jesse James robbed his first stagecoach, 50 years before the invention of the truck tire, Continental was founded in Hannover, Germany.
Over the next 15 decades, Continental transformed from a local manufacturer of solid tires for carriages and bicycles and of rubberized fabrics, to an international technology company. Continental has always been a driving force of technological progress. In 1904, we were the first company in the world to develop automobile tires with a patterned tread. A century later in 2016, we were the first to release a truck tire made of alternative natural rubber from dandelions. In 2018, we offered the best fuel efficiency versus competitors for both Line Haul and Regional applications in the Energotest* analysis. Our ContiConnect® Yard Reader solution for tire monitoring was named a top new product by Constructech, Construction Equipment, and Today’s Trucking magazines in 2019.
Truck and Bus Tire Products
View the latest products in our Commemorative 150 Year Truck Tire Data Guide.
An estimated one billion people place their trust in us every day. Worldwide, three out of every four vehicles on the road are equipped with our pioneering tires or automotive technologies.
From the world’s first automobile tire with patterned tread to smart tires for self-driving cars, from natural and synthetic rubber to tires made from dandelion, we have always pushed the boundaries of mobility. For 150 years we have developed innovative, safe and sustainable products for our customers – and we have no intention of stopping now. Even as we pause to review our history, we already have an eye on the road ahead. As this exciting journey continues, we invite you to join us in shaping the future of mobility – together.
One important lesson that we can learn from our past is that standing still is never an option. Keeping the future in motion is the long-term goal that motivates us to keep innovating. We work hard to uncover the mobility solutions of tomorrow, looking beyond tires to usher in electric mobility, intelligent connectivity, and state-of-the-art infotainment. Wherever the future takes you or your business, let’s go there together.
Tire testing at the Contidrom test track
An accident-free future is possible
Whatever your age, vehicle or destination, we have always been dedicated to keeping you safe. Our heritage in tire safety means that providing you with a sense of security on the road, no matter the conditions, is in our DNA. Today, the arrival of new technologies such as smart sensors, augmented reality and adapted lighting is shaping how safety will evolve in the future. Follow our journey towards a world with zero accidents.
Sustainable dandelion tires
Looking after our planet is our responsibility, too
Sustainability is a theme that runs throughout Continental’s history. From developing carbon-neutral production processes to cutting emissions on the road, we are committed to looking after our planet. Today, we are already developing tires made from dandelion and lowering fuel consumption and CO2 emissions through extensive material research and improved production processes, so just imagine what we could do tomorrow. Let’s work together to make mobility more sustainable.