Tyre maker honoured for global innovations
CONTINENTAL was honoured by trade journal Tire Technology International with the Tyre Manufacturer of the Year award, first presented in 2008.
With this award, the high-calibre panel of 27 judges, including experts from Europe, Japan, India and the United States, honoured the investments that Continental has initiated over the past 12 months.
Among Continental’s innovations that persuaded the judges were the opening in June 2016 of the High Performance Technology Centre in Korbach, Germany; the Taraxagum project that involves setting up a research center in Anklam, Germany, for the industrialisation of natural rubber from dandelion roots; and production of the first ever truck tyre with tread made of dandelion rubber.
The judges also mentioned the announcement of a research and development centre for agricultural tires in Lousado, Portugal, and the expansion of Continental’s truck tyre production operations in Otrokovice, Czech Republic.
In the context of its Vision 2025, Continental has since 2011 started new production plants in Hefei (China), Kaluga (Russia) and Sumter (South Carolina/ USA) and opened a High Performance Technology Centre (HPTC) at the Korbach, Germany, plant and produced over 150 million passenger car and light truck tyres. — WR.