ContiTech History

Rubber Tradition Since 1871


In Changshu, China, Continental opens a new plant for 3D-blow-molded hoselines and starts construction work for an expanded foam plant for automotive interiors.
3D-blow-molded hoselines

The plant for high-quality hose products and mobile fluid systems for passenger cars and commercial vehicles in Qingdao, China relocates to the Sino-German Ecopark.

Sino-German Ecopark

In Pune, India, work starts on the construction of a plant to manufacture surface materials for automotive interiors.

Work starts on the construction of a plant

By agreeing to acquire Cooper Standard’s "Anti-Vibration Systems" business, Continental reinforces its global presence in the field of vibration control and sound insulation.

Cooper Standard’s ‘Anti-Vibration Systems’ business

Continental unveils its smart CrimpIQ controller for crimping hydraulic and industrial hoses. This enables crimpers to be maintained and load updates remotely.

CrimpIQ controller

Continental’s Morphing Controls really grab the attention at trade shows. These vehicle cockpit controls only appear when a hand approaches.

Morphing Controls

Offshore wind power: Continental’s air bubble curtain development mitigates the impact of noise for marine life.

Air bubble curtain

Continental sets new benchmarks on the open sea with an effective floating oil boom.

Oil boom

A belt from Continental drives the HyperPodX, which was developed by students from the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer and the University of Oldenburg to advance Hyperloop technology.

Hyperloop technology


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

Continental expands its service competencies

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

New plants

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

Increased automation in the industry

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

Surface specialist Hornschuch


Continental takes over Vulcanite, the Australian railway engineering specialist.


To strengthen its business outside of the automotive industry, Continental shifts its focus away from the road to start a cross-divisional off-highway initiative. The company 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 polyamide bearings.

Award-winning lightweight technology

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

Hybrid and electric vehicles

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

New automotive hose plant


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

Strengthening business outside of the automotive sector

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

Innovation in Materials


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.

Purchase the American company Veyance Technologies, Inc

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

Strengthen its competencies in plastics

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 acquires 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.

Developer of e-bike drives, Benchmark Drives GmbH&Co.KG, Hofheim

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 opens a subsidiary plant for air conditioning lines, approximately 2,000 km from Hangzhou.

Subsidiary plant for air conditioning lines

In the fall of 2014, ContiTech begins building a second plant for surface materials in the Chinese city of Changzhou. In November, the company also acquires 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.

New R&D center

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

New plant producing hoses

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.

Metso Corporation


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

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies

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

Center of excellence for plastic lines

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

U.S. company Parker Hannifin Corporation


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


Tianjin Xinbinhai Conveyor Belt Co., Ltd.


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

A new state-of-the-art location in Changshu

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


Ponta Grossa


ContiTech acquires the Serbian conveyor belt company Univerzal Kolubara.


Serbian conveyor belt company Univerzal Kolubara



The Gigabox, a new system for rolling stock of goods trains 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.


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.

ContiTech and Phoenix


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

Transrapid takes place in Shanghai


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

Phoenix Compounding Technology



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.

Greenland explorer Robert Peroni


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

  Acquisition of Benecke-Kaliko


Implementation of the ContiTech brand for technical products.

ContiTech brand


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


Hydraulic hose with asymmetrical braiding


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

First four corner air suspension


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

Europe’s largest technical hose manufacturing facility


Continental markets completely new pressure cloths with a compressible layer (CONTI AIR®). This brand is a world market leader to this day.

Pressure cloths with a compressible layer


The world’s first oil floating hose is unveiled.


First oil floating hose


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 insulate vibrations and noise in engine supprots.




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 bottles become classics of their kind.

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