Our origin. A foundation of ideas.

ContiTech History

Continental Aktiengesellschaft is established in 1871 in Hanover. This is where our predecessors manufacture the first pneumatic cycle tire in Germany, and clever scientists invent the first treaded tire for cars. Starting from these innovations, Continental becomes a leading tire manufacturer.

In addition to tires, technical products also add to the company’s reputation: when the first German airship takes off in July 1900, it is a complex balloon material from Continental that seals the gas cells off from each other. New dampers made of a rubber/metal composite absorb shocks and make driving safe and comfortable.

Our compressible offset printing blankets have given us a leading position on the international market for decades. Power transmission belts deliver safe power transmission in ever more powerful engines.

Air spring systems give commercial and rail vehicles a smoother ride, while fuel and service fluids in cars and machines flow through hose lines from Continental. Continental is also active in the mining sector: steel-cable conveyor belts revolutionize material transport in mining.

The success of all these products leads to the creation of a specific group in 1991 with the new generic ContiTech brand name.

By 2004 ContiTech AG has grown to become the world’s largest manufacturer in the non-tyre rubber sector.

In 2008 the car of the future operates with ContiTech drive, interior, suspension and fluid technology solutions that ensure sustained mobility.

Since 2009 ContiTech produces in a newly built plant in Changshu (Jiangsu Province).

Continental completed acquisition of the American rubber company Veyance Technologies Inc., in Fairlawn, Ohio, on January 30., 2015. With the most important acquisition in the company's recent history, the international automotive supplier, tire manufacturer and industry partner is strengthening its worldwide industrial business.



ContiTech in China

China, in particular, is the setting for many new chapters for our company’s success story.

We have been supplying our products for many years to Asia in general and China in particular. ContiTech has had close partnerships with Chinese companies since 1996. We now have a number of sites in China.

  • Air Spring Systems for commercial vehicle suspension, driver cabin and seat suspension are produced in Ninghai
  • Benecke-Kaliko Group manufactures sheeting and leathering products for the automotive industry in Zhangjiagang
  • Conveyor Belt Group produces conveyor belts in Changzhi
  • Elastomer Coatings finishes printing blankets in Shanghai
  • Fluid Technology assembles hose lines in Changchun and Shanghai
  • Power Transmission Group manufactures power transmission belts in Ninghai and Shanghai
  • Vibration Control produces damping systems in Ninghai

ContiTech is building a new production plant in Changshu, located 100 kilometers northwest of Shanghai. By the end of the year, the company will bring together all its own production operations for Fluid Technology, Air Spring Systems and Vibration Control business units in the industrial park Changshu.

Finally, we share an Asian head office in Shanghai together with all the other divisions of the Continental Corporation. This enables us to make use of further synergies, from which our customers in Asia will directly profit.