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Continental-Caoutchouc- und Gutta-Percha Compagnie is founded in Hanover as a joint stock company. Manufacturing at the main factory in Vahrenwalder Street includes soft rubber products, rubberized fabrics, solid tyres for carriages and bicycles.

1882 The rampant horse is adapted as trademark.

1892 Continental is the first German company to manufacture pneumatic tyres for bicycles.

1898 Production of automobile pneumatic tyres without tread pattern starts in Hanover-Vahrenwald.

1900 The first German airship LZ 1 uses Continental's balloon material to seal the gas bags.

1901 The first Daimler-produced car to be called Mercedes achieves a sensational victory on Continental pneumatics in the Nice-Salon-Nice car race.

1904 Continental presents the world's first automobile tyre with a patterned tread.

1905 Continental produces riveted anti-skid tires, a forerunner of steel-studded tyres.

1907 The first edition of Continental's Road Atlas for motorists and motorcyclists is published.

1908 Continental invents the detachable rim for sedans - a remarkable innovation to help save time and effort when changing a tyre.

1909 Specimens of synthetic rubber developed at the Bayer laboratories are successfully vulcanized at Continental and processed to make the first test tyres.
Louis Blériot, the pioneer aviator, writes history with the first flight across the English Channel. Continental Aeroplan material covers the fuselage and wings of his plane.

1912 Construction of an administration building designed by architect Peter Behrens begins in Vahrenwalder Street. in 1986, this building is bought by the Hanover City Council to house a technology center.

1914 Triple victory for Daimlers fitted with Continental tyres at the French Grand Prix.

1921 The company's 50th anniversary sees Continental as the first German company to bring cord tyre onto the market. The stiff linen square-woven fabric is thus replaced by the more pliable cord fiber fabric. The first giant pneumatic tyres are made by Continental and replace the solid tyres used until that time on commercial vehicles.

1926 Carbon black is used as a reinforcing filter to give the tyre more resistance to wear and ageing, as well as its characteristic color.

1928/29 Merger with major companies of the German rubber industry to form Continental Gummi-Werke AG. Takeover of plants in Hanover-Limmer and Korbach/Hesse.

1932 Continental markets a rubber-metal bonding under the registered trade name of Continental Schwingmetall. It is used to isolate vibrations and noise when supporting motors.

1935-40 Unbroken run of racing success with Continental racing tyres fitted to Mercedes and Auto-Union cars. Four consecutive wins in the German Grand Prix, four successes in the North African Tripoli race, three in Italy and numerous speed records help racing drivers like Carraciola, Rosemeyer and Stuck to achieve international fame.

1936 Synthetic rubber is introduced into the tyre manufacturing process.

1938 Foundation stone is laid for the tyre plant in Stöcken, Hanover.

1945 Heavy bomb damage to the plants in Hanover-Vahrenwald and Korbach. The British military government grants permission as early as June, 1945 for the Hanover factories to resume production.

1951 Production of steel cable conveyor belt starts.

1952 Continental adds M+S tyres for winter driving to its range of conventional tires.

1951-55 In close collaboration with Daimler-Benz and Porsche, Continental repeats its pre-war successes on the track. Racing in cars fitted with Continental tyres, drivers like Karl Kling, Stirling Moss and Juan Manuel Fangio win the 1952 Carrera Panamericana and the French, British, Dutch and Italian Grand Prix.

1955 At the beginning of the year Continental is the first German company to start manufacturing tubeless tyres.
Continental is also the first company to develop air springs for trucks and buses.

1960 Mass production of radial tyres begins.

1961 Completion of the plant in Dannenberg, Germany. Initial production comprises plastic components for the automotive industry.

1964 Construction of a tyre plant in Sarreguemines, France. A factory for industrial products is built in Northeim, Germany.

1967 Opening of the testing facility on the edge of the Lüneburg Heath. In 1994/95 the facility is more than doubled in size to enable the construction of new tracks, including a 3.8 kilometer handling course for high-performance cars. In 2001 a 3.7 kilometer track for noise assessment is opened.

1971 Europe's largest hose manufacturing facilities are set up at the Korbach plant. The entire hose production is transferred from Hanover to Korbach.

1972 Continental launches the studless ContiContact winter tyre.

1974 Continental is the first manufacturer to supply the European automotive industry with extrusion-blow-molded polyurethane gaiters.

1976 In Northeim, one of Europe's largest conveyor belt production lines comes on stream.

1978 Purchase of Techno-Chemie, Frankfurt, one of Germany's leading hose couplers.

1979 Takeover of the European tyre operations of Uniroyal, Inc., USA, gives Continental a wider base in Europe (photo: Aachen plant).

1983 Continental hydromounts - special bearing elements used in engines for damping vibrations and noise - are mass-produced for the automotive industry.

1985 Takeover of the tire operations of the Austrian company Semperit.

1987 Acquisition of the North American tyre manufacturer General Tire, Inc. The company has been operating under the name of Continental Tire North America, Inc., since 2001.

1989/90 A joint venture is set up together with the Portuguese company Mabor for the production of tyres in Lousado. 1993 sees complete takover of the tyre activities and of a factory producing textile cord.

1991 The industrial products operations are reorganzied under the ContiTech umbrella brand.
With its ContiEcoContact tyre, Continental is the first manufacturer to launch an environment-friendly passenger tyre.

1993 The majority holding in the Czech company Barum comprises a passenger and commercial vehicle tyre plant in Otrokovice as well as a dealer organization with about 50 outlets.
Continental currently has approximately 2000 tyre retailers and franchises in 15 European countries, including various retail organizations such as Vergölst.
Benecke-Kaliko AG is integrated into the ContiTech division. Key products are leatherette and sheeting.

1994 Joint venture between ContiTech and the Slovakian company Vegum for the production of rubber extrusions for the European automotive industry. In 1996, the agreement is extended to include molded products.

1995 The Continental Automotive Systems division is established to intensify the systems business with the automotive industry. ContiTech takes over the power transmission products activities of TBA Belting Ltd.

1997 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.

1998 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 Continental Automotive Systems division.

1998/99 Continental reinforces its position as global tyre 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

2000 A new plant for the manufacture of passenger tyres is openend in Timisoara, Romania.
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

2001 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 Continental Automotive Systems division.

2002 Continental and Bridgestone join forces in the developement of run-flat tyres. The aim is to create a worldwide standard for run-flat systems installed on conventional rims.
Continental and Moscow Tyre Plant set up a joint venture (Continental Tires of Moscow) - with Continental as majority partner - for the production of passenger and light truck tyres.
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.

2003 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 tyre 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 tyre approved for speeds up to 360 km/h (224 mph).

2004 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 Timiººoara.
Continental acquires the wheel sensors business of a Japanese company with manufacturing operations in China.
Inauguration of a new plant in Mexico for the production of brake components.

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