The company with the name Continental-Caoutchouc und Gutta-Percha Compagnie was founded in Hanover in 1871. In 1892 it was the first company in Germany to create pneumatic tyres for bicycles, in 1898 the first to create automobile pneumatic tyres without tread pattern and in 1904, with tread pattern. The main factory was constructed in Vahrenwalder street in Hannover and near there, in the Stöcken district, a new plant was built before the Second World War. Between 1912 and 1914, the administration building on Vahrenwalder Street, designed by the architect Peter Behrens, was created and used as a military warehouse during the First World War. After the war, in the period from 1919 to1920 it was dismantled. The building was bombed in the Second World War and was seriously damaged to be restored soon after. Since the 1980s, this building has housed the Hannover Technology Center. In 1981 the Continental group's global sales reached 1165 million dollars with a market segment of 3.9%. In October 1982, an agreement was reached with the US General Tire consortium, which in 1981 had a world market segment of 2.9% and an annual production of 500,000 tyres in the United States. In 1987 GenCorp sold 100% of its General Tyre subsidiary company to Continental AG. Between 1990 and 1993 the Italian tyre manufacturer Pirelli tried to acquire Continental AG, which defended itself from the hostile takeover, thanks to the support of Deutsche Bank and after a long struggle Pirelli gave up the attempt.
Opinions featured in Continental
Continental Cross King 26x2.30 Stiff Tyre
Continental king tyres 26x2.30
sVery good grip on descent with loose stones and good braking. Recommended
Continental Grand Sport Race Folding Road Tyre Black
Good value for money
Good grip, good tread and relatively easy to mount and manage
Continental Mountain King ShieldWall Foldable Tyre Black
Very good traction and choice for the front
XCM meets my expectations
Continental Sprinter Tubular Road Tyre Black
For me, it's the best value for money
Continental Ultra Sport III Tyre Pack Black (2 units)
Very good trainers at an unbeatable price I used to wear out the Bontrager R3s, and for what it's worth, I've got a couple of these, and they are just as good.
Continental Grand Prix 5000 Folding Road Tyre Pack Black (2 units)
A good buy
Thin tyres and very good grip, we will have to see how many kms they last, I guess less than the 4 seasons that I usually use, but as they're continental, I'm sure I'll get a lot of use out of them.
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