Continental Tires

1871: Continental-Caoutchouc & Gutta-Percha Compagnie is founded as a joint stock company by nine German Hanover-based bankers and industrialists.
1979: The German tiremaker begins to orient itself in a more international direction, a strategy it has vigorously pursued to this very day.
1987: To strengthen its position on the North American market, Continental buys U.S. tiremaker General Tire (GT). Since 2001 GT has been operating under the name Continental Tire North America, Inc.
1979/1985/1993: With the acquisition of the European tire operations of the American-based Uniroyal, Inc., the Austrian tire brand Semperit, and of the Czech tiremaker Barum, Continental gains a major foothold in Europe.
2002: Continental and Yokohama form a 50/50 joint venture to step up tire activities with Japanese automotive manufacturers.
2011: At present: Continental ranks among the top five automotive suppliers worldwide.

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