Continental tyres has picked up two prestigious awards from the trade journal Tire Technology International, cementing the company's place as a leading figure within the industry.
It was named as the Tyre Manufacturer of the Year by the jury, while its activities at the ContiLifeCycle plant in Hanover – which focuses on recycling rubber that has reached the end of its life – was named as the Tyre Manufacturing Innovation of the Year.
Jorg Nohl, vice president engineering tyres, and Christian Saas, head of Continental truck tyre retreading in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, were on hand to receive the awards at a ceremony in Cologne.
David Shaw, head of research at Tyre Industry Research and a member of the jury responsible for deciding the destination of the awards, explained that Continental had demonstrated a leading global strategic view and great products with "a vision of a more sustainable future".
Leading officials at the company said they were delighted to be named Tyre Manufacturer of the Year, an award which has come at the mid-point of the realisation of the brand's Vision 2025 programme.
Nikolai Setzer, Continental executive board member responsible for the Tyre Division, said :"This is great appreciation for our global tyre team for the successful execution of our long-term growth plan, which is based on substantial investments in expanding our existing tyre plants and building several new ones.
"We are also extending the high-tech testing capabilities of our proving grounds as well as investing in new premium products, processes and technologies at the highest level. In addition, as official sponsor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and of UEFA EURO 2016 in France we are continuing to invest in our premium brand Continental.”
Jury member Joe Walter, an adjunct professor at The University of Akron, praised Continental's efforts to utilise end-of-life rubber products, which he noted will lead to a significant reduction in the company's carbon footprint.