ContiTech History

Rubber tradition since 1871


Continental expands its service competencies by acquiring Custom Machining Service from the USA and Advanced Imaging Technologies from South Africa.


ContiTech opens new plants in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and Changshu, China.


Increased automation in the industry defines the technological developments of the company. ContiTech presents concepts for intelligent drive belts, air springs or rubber tracks. Systems such as the surface scanner for conveyor belts facilitate preventive maintenance and repairs.


Continental takes over the surface specialist Hornschuch and thus expands its competencies in the furniture, construction and DIY industries.



Continental takes over Vulcanite, the Australian railway engineering specialist.


To strengthen its business outside of the automotive industry, Continental is shifting its focus away from the road to start a cross-divisional off-highway initiative. The company thereby presents a broad range of products, systems and services for the construction industry, agriculture and material handling.

Off Highway

Award-winning lightweight technology: ContiTech won a total of four awards for its innovative bearings made of polyamide.

Lagerelemente aus Polyamid

Hose lines from ContiTech increase capacity and durability of batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles.


ContiTech signs a memorandum of understanding for a new automotive hose plant in Qingdao, China.



Strengthening business outside of the automotive sector: The portfolio for automotive surfaces was significantly expanded and offers additional innovative products for various industries under the brand name Dynactiv Surfaces.


Innovation in Materials: For the first time, ContiTech presents the prototype of an engine mount made of natural rubber from dandelion roots.



In February 2014, ContiTech reached an agreement to purchase the American company Veyance Technologies, Inc. The takeover was completed in early 2015. The Ohio-based company complements ContiTech in previously underrepresented markets such as the United States and South America.


To strengthen its competencies in plastics, ContiTech acquired the companies Inotec Innovative Technologie GmbH in Kohren-Sahlis, Germany and Präzensionstechnik Geithain GmbH in Geithain, Germany in April 2014.


ContiTech from Hanover further expands its drive belt business in China by taking over the business of the local manufacturer Taizhou Fuju Rubber Belt Manufacture Co., Ltd.

Expanding drive belt business

ContiTech acquired a developer of e-bike drives, Benchmark Drives GmbH&Co.KG, Hofheim, thus further expanding its activities in the growing market for e-bikes and pedelecs.


Printed electronics: ContiTech presents prototypes for a solar cell produced with flexographic printing. This technological advance was developed in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems and other partners.


In October, ContiTech in Changchun, China opened a subsidiary plant for air conditioning lines, approximately 2,000 km from Hangzhou.


In the fall of 2014, ContiTech began building a second plant for surface materials in the Chinese city of Changzhou. In November, the company also acquired two locations of the Belgian Mecaseat group in Pamplona, Spain, and Wągrowiec, Poland.

Benecke-Kaliko Changzhou


ContiTech opens a new R&D center for mounting and vibration control technology in China.


A new plant producing hoses for use in oil production and gas extraction is built in Brazil.


In Subotica, northern Serbia, a production plant for hose lines is inaugurated after a construction period of just nine months.

ContiTech North Serbia

ContiTech expands its North American business, and takes over the conveyor belt manufacturer Legg Company Inc., in Halstead, Kansas.

Legg Company

ContiTech takes over the conveyor belt division of the Finnish company Metso Corporation, Helsinki.



ContiTech acquires the molded brake components business of Freudenberg Sealing Technologies, in Weinheim, Germany.


ContiTech builds a center of excellence for plastic lines in Somersworth, New Hampshire, USA.


ContiTech takes over the automotive air conditioning line business of the U.S. company Parker Hannifin Corporation, headquartered in Collierville, Tennessee.



ContiTech takes over the conveyor belt business of Tianjin Xinbinhai Conveyor Belt Co., Ltd., based in the Chinese city of Tianjin.




ContiTech is puts into operation a new state-of-the-art location in Changshu, China, for development, production, sales and administration.


ContiTech opens a new plant in Ponta Grossa, Brazil, for the production of textile and steel cord conveyor belts.




ContiTech acquires the Serbian conveyor belt company Univerzal Kolubara.




The Gigabox, a unique system for rolling stock consisting of an axle box and a hydraulic spring, allows for maintenance intervals of 1 million kilometers.

Air springs Gigabox

ContiTech develops a heatable hose line module for commercial-vehicle SCR technology.




The merger of ContiTech and Phoenix represents the creation of the world's largest specialist in rubber and plastics technology outside of the tire industry.



The first demonstration run of the Transrapid takes place in Shanghai with air springs from ContiTech.



Phoenix Compounding Technology (PCT) is founded. Today it is growing as a leading specialist in the development and manufacture of innovative rubber compounds.



A silicon rubber is developed for the outer layer of the expedition suit worn by Greenland explorer Robert Peroni. The material remains flexible at temperatures as low as minus 85°C and guarantees complete freedom of movement.



The acquisition of Benecke-Kaliko helps create a leading manufacturer worldwide of surface materials for automotive interiors.




Implementation of the ContiTech brand for technical products.



With the CONTI ASYMFLEX, Continental presents a worldwide patented hydraulic hose with asymmetrical braiding.




Continental develops the first four corner air suspension for passenger cars (VW Passat).



Europe’s largest technical hose manufacturing facility is set up at the plant in Korbach, Hesse.



Continental markets completely new pressure cloths with a compressible layer (CONTI AIR®). To this day, this brand has been a world market leader.



The world’s first oil floating hose is unveiled.




For the first time in a production car, Continental drive belts are used in place of chains to drive the cam shaft.

Continental Antriebsriemen


Revolutionary steel cord conveyor belts from Continental make transport of lignite coal much more efficient.



Continental and others pioneer the use of air suspension in commercial vehicles.




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




The GOLD SNAKE® – now one of the world’s leading water and cleaning hoses – makes its market debut.




Continental makes endless drive belts for first time.


Endlose Antriebsriemen


Louis Blériot becomes the first person to cross the English Channel by plane. His plane has coated fabrics from Continental on wings and fuselage.




The first German airship LZ 1 uses Continental balloon material to seal its gas bags.




Continental-Caoutchouc- und Gutta-Percha Compagnie is founded in Hanover. Production of technical rubber products and medical articles is launched. Pneumatic tires for bikes and rubber hot water bags become classics of their kind.


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