Continental is a German manufacturing success story dating back to 1871. After its launch in Hanover, Germany (as the stock corporation Continental-Caoutchouc-und Gutta-Percha Compagnie) the products went on to become part of the history of automobiles and aviation.

The first factory opened over almost one hundred and fifty years ago to produce soft rubber products, rubberised fabrics, and tyres for carriages and bicycles.

In 1898, their initial successes in development and production were celebrated with the production of automobile pneumatic tires with a plain tread. Then, at the turn of the century, Continental balloon fabric was used to seal the gas cells of the very first German airship. In 1904, they became the first company to develop grooved tires for automobiles and one year on commenced production of rivet anti-skid tires, similar to the later studded tires. In 1908 their innovation continued with the detachable wheel rim for touring cars. In 1909, French aviator Louis Blériot – the first person to fly across the English Channel – used a monoplane covered with Continental Aeroplan material. Quite an impressive portfolio, we think you’ll agree!