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History 1997 - 2010


Continental presents ISAD (Integrated Starter Alternator Damper) for which it receives the German Industry Innovation Award. ISAD is a key technology that lowers fuel consumption and replaces the vehicle's starter and generator with one single unit.



Acquisition of a US company's Automotive Brake and Chassis unit, the core of which is Alfred Teves GmbH in Frankfurt. Continental Teves and its worldwide operations are integrated into the Automotive Systems division.


Continental reinforces its position as global tire manufacturer by adding sites in Argentina, Mexico, South Africa and Slovakia.
Further steps on the way towards internationalizing ContiTech's operations are taken in Brasil, Chile, Mexico (photo) and Hungary.




A new plant for the manufacture of passenger tires is openend in Timisoara, Romania (photo).
Continental and Nisshinbo set up a new joint venture (Continental Teves Corporation) in the field of brake and chassis systems for the Japanese and Korean markets.


Majority holdings are purchased in two Japanese companies manufacturing brake actuation components and disk brakes.
ContiTech acquires a 51% stake in a Chinese company making air-conditioning and power-steering hose lines.
Continental reinforces its activities within the growing automotive electronics market by acquiring electronics specialist Temic (photo: Nuremberg plant). The company is integrated into the Automotive Systems division.



Continental and Bridgestone join forces in the developement of run-flat tires. The aim is to create a worldwide standard for run-flat systems installed on conventional rims.
Inauguration of ContiTech's new plant for the production of power transmission systems in Romania and of a factory in Turkey providing the division with extra manufacturing capacity for air spring systems.
To intensify tire activities with Japanese carmakers, Continental and Yokohama establish a 50/50 joint venture.



Continental strengthens its position in the ASEAN region and Australia by establishing a joint venture together with Malaysian conglomerate Sime Darby Berhad. The company, operating under the name of Continental Sime Tyre Sdn. Bhd., has two tire plants in Malaysia.
ContiTech sets up a joint venture for the production of air spring bellows in Korea.

Unveiling the ContiSportContact 2 Vmax, the world's first road tire approved for speeds up to 360 km/h (224 mph).




Continental expands its production base in Romania by opening up a plant making assemblies for automotive electronics – with an on-site R&D center – in Sibiu, as well as a manufacturing facility for air-conditioning lines in Timisoara.
Continental acquires the wheel sensors business of a Japanese company with manufacturing operations in China.

Inauguration of a new plant in Mexico or the production of brake components.
Takeover of Phoenix AG. With the merger of ContiTech and , the world’s largest specialist for rubber and plastics technology evolves.


Cooperation with ZF Friedrichshafen for the joint development and marketing of hybrid vehicle technology.


Production of brake calipers commences at the new plant in Zvolen, Slovakia, and of passenger, light truck and commercial vehicle tires in Camacari, Brazil.

ContiTech acquires a Danish manufacturer of power transmission belts with production facilities in Denmark, China, Korea and India.

Continental acquires the automotive electronics business of the company Motorola, Inc. The new unit is integrated into the Automotive Systems division. It includes Motorola’s operations in the growing fields of controls, sensors, interior electronics and telematics, with plants in North America, Japan, China, Mexico, France, UK and Germany. (Picture on the right: Location Deer Park, ILL)



Continental acquires a majority interest in the Slovak company Continental Matador Rubber s.r.o. and expands its position for the Tires and ContiTech divisions in central and eastern Europe.


Continental acquires Siemens VDO Automotive AG and advances to among the top five suppliers in the automotive industry worldwide, at the same time boosting its market position in Europe, North America and AsiaFoto links: Standort Regensburg) und rückt damit unter die Top-Fünf der Automobilzulieferindustrie vor. Gleichzeitig wird die Marktposition in Europa, Nordamerika und Asien maßgeblich gestärkt.


Production of lithiumion batteries for use in vehicles with hybrid drives begins in the Nuremberg plant.
Schaeffler KG becomes the major shareholder of Continental AG following the conclusion of the takeover offer published in the summer of 2008.


The new Asian headquarters and a research and development center is opened in Shanghai. The centerrepresents another major milestone for the company’s growth in China and Asia.




The ContiSportContact™ 5 P is launched on the market. The new high-performance summer tire is specially designed for sports cars and tuning vehicles.