ContiTech history

Rubber tradition since 1871


Off-highway initiative : Continental positions itself as a competent full-service provider for the construction industry, agriculture and material handling.

Off Highway

Digitization: New ContiTech systems, such as the surface scanner for conveyor belts, facilitate maintenance.

ContiTech Conveyor Belt inspect

Award-winning lightweight technology: The Vibration Control division was awarded four times for innovative bearings made of polyamide.

Lightweight technology



Strengthening non-automotive business: Benecke-Kaliko has significantly expanded the portfolio and is now offering surface materials for various industries under the brand name Dynactiv ™ Surfaces.

Dynactiv ™ Surfaces

Material innovation: ContiTech presents engine mounts made of natural rubber from dandelion roots for the first time.

Continental rubber dandelion






In February 2014, ContiTech reached an agreement to purchase its American competitor Veyance. The Ohio-based company will complement ContiTech in previously underrepresented markets (such as the United States and South America).


To strengthen its competence in plastics, ContiTech acquired both Inotec Innovative Technologie GmbH in Kohren-Sahlis, Germany, and Präzisionstechnik Geithain GmbH in Geithain, Germany, in April 2014.


ContiTech AG, in Hanover, is purposefully expanding its drive belt business in China by taking over the business of local manufacturer Taizhou Fuju Rubber Belt Manufacture Co., Ltd.

Rubber Belt Manufacture

On May 1, 2014, ContiTech acquired the developer of e-bike drives, Benchmark Drives GmbH & Co. KG (Benchmark Drives or BMD), Hofheim, further expanding its commitment in the growing market for e-bikes and pedelecs.



ContiTech AG is also entering the world of social media with two dedicated sites on Twitter. At and, the company will be posting brief information, news, photos, and videos.


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.

Flexographic printing

In October, ContiTech Grand Ocean Fluid in Changchun, China, opened a subsidiary plant for air conditioning lines in Hangzhou, approximately 2,000 km away.


In the fall of 2014, the Benecke-Kaliko business unit began building a second Chinese plant in Changzhou. In November, the company also acquired two locations of the Belgian Mecaseat group in Pamplona, Spain, and Wągrowiec, Poland.

Benecke-Kaliko Changzhou



ContiTech Vibration Control opens a new R&D center for mounting and vibration control technology in China.


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


ContiTech Fluid Technology invests several million euros in a new hose plant in Cerkezköy, Turkey.


In Subotica, north Serbia, a production plant for hose lines is inaugurated after a construction time span of just nine months.

ContiTech North-Serbia

The ContiTech Conveyor Belt Group expands its North American business, and takes over the conveyor belt manufacturer Legg Company Inc., in Halstead, Kansas.

ContiTech Legg Compan

ContiTech Vibration Control expands its plant in Dolné Vestenice, Slovakia.


The ContiTech Conveyor Belt Group takes over the conveyor belt operation of the Finnish company Metso Corporation, Helsinki.



ContiTech Vibration Control GmbH acquires the molded brake components operations of Freudenberg Sealing Technologies, in Weinheim, Germany.


The ContiTech Conveyor Belt Group strengthens its industrial business with special conveyor belts, and takes over the British company Specialised Belting Supplies Ltd, Thetford.

ContiTech Thetford

ContiTech Fluid Technology builds a competence center for plastic lines in Somersworth, New Hampshire, USA.


ContiTech Fluid Technology takes over the automotive A/C line operation of the U.S. company Parker Hannifin Corporation, based in Collierville, Tennessee. It is one of the biggest acquisitions in ContiTech’s history.


ContiTech opens a new plant for rubber compounds in Nyíregyháza, Hungary.



ContiTech Fluid Technology invests in a new plant for air-conditioning and power-steering lines in Kaluga (Russia).

ContiTech Kaluga



The ContiTech Conveyor Belt Group acquires the conveyor belt operations of Tianjin Xinbinhai Conveyor Belt Co., Ltd. in Tianjin, China.



The ContiTech Conveyor Belt Group acquires the Australian trading company M.I.R.S. (Mining Industrial Resource Supplies) in Perth.

ContiTech Perth



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


ContiTech Changshu

The Conveyor Belt Group business unit takes over a Metso Minerals factory in Moers.



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




ContiTech buys the Serbian conveyor belt company Univerzal Kolubara.




The car of the future operates with ContiTech drive, interior, suspension and fluid technology solutions that ensure sustained mobility.

ContiTech Car of the future



Launch of series application of TEPEO 2®, the lightweight material for vehicle interiors.

Benecke-Kaliko TEPEO2

The Gigabox, a unique system for rolling stock consisting of an axle box and a hydraulic spring, makes possible maintenance intervals of 1 million kilometers.

Air-springs Gigabox

ContiTech develops a heatable hose line module for commercial-vehicle SCR technology.


SCR technology



The merger of ContiTech and Phoenix creates the world's largest specialist for rubber and plastics technology outside the tire sector.




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



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


Phoenix Compounding



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


Explorer Robert Peroni



Benecke-Kaliko emerges on scene as world's leading manufacturer of soft trim materials for vehicle interiors.




The technical products division is reorganized under the all-embracing ContiTech brand.





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




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




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




Continental markets completely new printing blankets with a compressible layer (CONTI AIR®). Through to the present day, this brand has remained the world market leader.




The world’s first floating hose is unveiled.


Worlds first 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 drive belts



Revolutionary steel cord conveyor belts from Continental make transport of lignite coal much more efficient.


Steel cord conveyor belts



Continental, and others, pioneer use of air suspension in commercial vehicles.




Continental markets a range of rubber-to-metal-bonded products under the Continental SCHWINGMETALL® brand name. It is the basis of vibration- and noise-damping engine suspension.


Continental Schwingmetall



The GOLD SNAKE® – now one of the world’s leading water and cleaning hoses – makes its market debut.


Continental Goldschlange



Continental makes endless drive belts for first time.


Endless drive belts



Louis Blériot becomes first to fly the English Channel. His plane has coated fabrics from Continental on wings and fuselage.


Louis Bleriot



The first German airship LZ 1 uses Continental’s balloon material to seal its gas bags.


First german airship LZ-1



Continental-Caoutchouc- und Gutta-Percha Compagnie is founded in Hanover. Production of technical rubber products and medical articles launched. Pneumatic tires for bikes and rubber hot water bottles become classics of their kind.

Continental-Caoutchouc Gutta Percha


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