History 1997 - 2011


Continental presents ISAD (Integrated Starter Alternator Damper) for which it receives the German Industry Innovation Award. ISAD is a key technology that lowers fuel consumption and replaces the vehicle's starter and generator with one single unit.


Acquisition of a US company's Automotive Brake and Chassis unit, the core of which is Alfred Teves GmbH in Frankfurt. Continental Teves and its worldwide operations are integrated into the Automotive Systems division.


Continental reinforces its position as global tire manufacturer by adding sites in Argentina, Mexico, South Africa and Slovakia.

Further steps on the way towards internationalizing ContiTech's operations are taken in Brasil, Chile, Mexico (photo) and Hungary.


A new plant for the manufacture of passenger tires is openend in Timisoara, Romania (photo).

Continental and Nisshinbo set up a new joint venture (Continental Teves Corporation) in the field of brake and chassis systems for the Japanese and Korean markets.


Majority holdings are purchased in two Japanese companies manufacturing brake actuation components and disk brakes.

ContiTech acquires a 51% stake in a Chinese company making air-conditioning and power-steering hose lines.

Continental reinforces its activities within the growing automotive electronics market by acquiring electronics specialist Temic (photo: Nuremberg plant). The company is integrated into the Automotive Systems division.


Continental and Bridgestone join forces in the developement of run-flat tires. The aim is to create a worldwide standard for run-flat systems installed on conventional rims.

Inauguration of ContiTech's new plant for the production of power transmission systems in Romania and of a factory in Turkey providing the division with extra manufacturing capacity for air spring systems.

To intensify tire activities with Japanese carmakers, Continental and Yokohama establish a 50/50 joint venture.


Continental strengthens its position in the ASEAN region and Australia by establishing a joint venture together with Malaysian conglomerate Sime Darby Berhad. The company, operating under the name of Continental Sime Tyre Sdn. Bhd., has two tire plants in Malaysia.

ContiTech sets up a joint venture for the production of air spring bellows in Korea.



Unveiling the ContiSportContact 2 Vmax, the world's first road tire approved for speeds up to 360 km/h (224 mph).


Continental expands its production base in Romania by opening up a plant making assemblies for automotive electronics – with an on-site R&D center – in Sibiu, as well as a manufacturing facility for air-conditioning lines in Timisoara.

Continental acquires the wheel sensors business of a Japanese company with manufacturing operations in China.


Inauguration of a new plant in Mexico or the production of brake components.

Takeover of Phoenix AG. With the merger of ContiTech and , the world’s largest specialist for rubber and plastics technology evolves.


Cooperation with ZF Friedrichshafen for the joint development and marketing of hybrid vechicle technology. 



Production of brake calipers commences at the new plant in Zvolen, Slovakia, and of passenger, light truck and commercial vehicle tires in Camacari, Brazil.

ContiTech acquires a Danish manufacturer of power transmission belts with production facilities in Denmark, China, Korea and India.
Continental acquires the automotive electronics business of the company Motorola, Inc. The new unit is integrated into the Automotive Systems division. It includes Motorola’s operations in the growing fields of controls, sensors, interior electronics and telematics, with plants in North America, Japan, China, Mexico, France, UK and Germany.


With the takeover of Siemens VDO Automotive AG, Continental makes the biggest acquisition yet in its corporate history. Continental moves up into the top league of automotive suppliers worldwide. At the same time the company bolsters its market position in Europe, North America and Asia.

The tire divisions and ContiTech step up their involvement in the Central and Eastern European markets. Continental obtains a majority holding in Matador Rubber s.r.o., Slovakia.


A milestone for Continental's growth in China and Asia: The new Asian headquarters and a research and development center are opened in Shanghai.



Continental opens its first tire plant in China


Continental lays the cornerstone for a new research and development center in Singapore.

At present: Continental ranks among the top five automotive suppliers worldwide and holds the number 2 spot in Europe.