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Date Established: October 8, 1871


Continental Tire the Americas, LLC.

1830 MacMillan Park Drive

Fort Mill, SC 29707








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CEO: Dr. Jochen Etzel

Vice President of Sales and Marketing: Bill Caldwell

Director of Sales & Marketing: Travis Roffler

Communications Coordinator: Sheri Herrmann


Product Lines:

  • Full line of Ultra-High Performance, Broad Market/Touring and Winter Passenger Car Tires.
  • Full line of OE Passenger Car Tires.
  • Full line of Performance, Luxury and Comfort Light Truck Tires.
  • Full line of Commercial Truck Tires.

Company History:

  • 1871: Continental Caoutchouc und Gutta-Percha Compagnie is founded in Hanover, Germany.
  • 1882: The rampant horse is adopted as the company's trademark.
  • 1892: Continental is the first German company to manufacture pneumatic tires for bicycles.
  • 1904: Development of automobile pneumatic tires with a patterned tread.
  • 1921: Continental is the first German company to introduce the cord tire, an innovation which allows the use of pneumatic tires for bigger vehicles, such as trucks and buses.
  • 1943: Continental files the first-ever patent for tubeless tires.
  • 1970s and 1980s: Continental AG goes international with the acquisition of Uniroyal® for Europe in 1979, and Semperit Reifen GmbH in 1985.
  • 1987: Continental enters U.S. market with the acquisition of General Tire.
  • 1993: Continental acquires Barum, the former leading east European brand.
  • 1995: CGT relocates its headquarters from Akron, Ohio to Charlotte, NC.
  • 2000: CGT changes name to Continental Tire North America, Inc. (CTNA).
  • 2003: Continental strengthens its position in Asia and Australia by establishing a joint venture with Malaysian conglomerate Sime Darby Berhad.
  • 2006: Continental expands activities in telematics with the acquisition of the automotive electronic business from Motorola.
  • 2007: Continental acquires Siemens VDO Automotive AG, making it one of the top five automotive suppliers worldwide. As a partner to the automotive industry, Continental develops and manufactures components, modules and systems and is structured in six divisions: Chassis & Safety, Powertrain, Interior, Passenger & Light Truck Tires, Commercial Vehicle Tires and ContiTec.
  • 2007: CTNA launches new General Tires including Exclaim, Altimax, Grabber Competition and Grabber HTS.
  • 2007: General Tire redesigns logo and re-enters off-road competition as part of a plan to revitalize the brand.
  • 2009: CTNA launches North American dedicated lines ExtremeContact DW, ExtremeContact DWS and ExtremeWinterContact.
  • 2009: Continental moves its corporate headquarters to a new facility in Fort Mill, South Carolina.
  • 2010: Continental announces that they will be the title sponsor of the GRAND-AM Sports Car Challenge Road Racing Series which is re-titled, the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series (CTSCCS). Continental also announces they will be the official tire of both the GRAND-AM CTSCCS and Rolex Series'.
  • Today, Continental Tire is the world's fourth largest tire manufacturer.