The Rubber Group of Continental AG manufactures Continental tires. Continental makes rubber tires for cars, trucks, motorcycles and bicycles. The Continental corporation’s Auto Group engineers and manufactures braking systems, power trains and chassis.
German rubber manufacturers founded Continental-Caoutchouc-und Gutta-Percha Compagnie in Hanover, Germany, in 1871. Continental originally manufactured soft rubber products and solid tires for carriages and bicycles. In 1904, Continental was first in the manufacture of grooved tires for automobiles, and in 1955, the company was the first to develop air springs for buses and trucks.
Continental’s tire division produces Continental, Uniroyal and Viking brand tires at 73 locations in 42 countries as of 2015. In 2013, the division employed 44,500 people and generated $11.4 billion in sales.