Continental wins 2017 tyre manufacturer of the year award at ‘Tire Technology International Awards 2017’
AT the “Tire Technology Expo 2017”, staged in Hanover, Germany, from Feb 14-16, Continental was honoured by UK-based trade journal Tire Technology International with its “Tire Manufacturer of the Year award, first presented in 2008.
The award saw a panel of 27 judges from Europe, Japan, India and the United States honouring “the investments that Continental has initiated over the past twelve months”.
“We are very excited about this award because it appreciates several technology projects and innovations that we have already realised, working consistently within the scope of our Vision 2025 long-term growth strategy,” said Nikolai Setzer, member of the Executive Board of Continental AG responsible for Corporate Purchasing and head of the tyre division of the world’s fourth largest tyre manufacturer with sales of more than 10 billion Euros.
“At the same time, being awarded as the most innovative tyre manufacturer highly motivates our global team – now more than 50,000 employees – to continue on this path, step by step.”
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 tyres in Lousado, Portugal, and the expansion of Continental’s truck tyre production operations in Otrokovice, Czech Republic.