Continental Celebrates Proud Legacy Spanning 70 Years in South Africa
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, 27 January, 2017 – Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) is celebrating a significant milestone as the company reaches its 70th anniversary in 2017.
Originally founded as a joint venture between General Tire International in the US and the local Williams Hunt Group, the General Tire and Rubber Company South Africa was officially registered in January 1947.
The local operation was acquired by Continental AG in 1998 and renamed Continental Tyre South Africa (Pty) Ltd, creating the foundation to become one of SA’s leading tyre manufacturers and an integral part of Continental’s global family.
Over the past seven decades, it has become one of the industry leaders in South Africa, both within the automotive sector and in the development of Port Elizabeth as a world-class manufacturing hub.
“The 70th anniversary for Continental Tyre SA is a proud achievement for the company, and for all our people that have helped us reach this significant chapter in our proud history,” says Shaun Uys, managing director of CTSA.
“Over the past seven decades, the company has expanded significantly, meeting the growing demand for Continental and General Tire-branded products in the crucial original equipment and replacement tyre sectors,” he adds.
“Our Port Elizabeth plant has benefitted from investments and upgrades with almost R1-billion over the past five years to introduce the latest technologies, cutting-edge production processes and the most advanced tooling.”
The investments have also facilitated the expansion beyond the traditional automotive segment to produce a new range of commercial specialty tyres for the heavy-duty mining and earthmoving applications to meet the needs of the industrial sector.
In addition, it has enabled the company to improve environmental sustainability by lowering its CO2 emissions, cutting back on energy and water consumption and reducing the amount of waste generated.
A special laurel wreath logo was created to celebrate the 70th anniversary, showcasing Continental Tyre South Africa’s proud legacy.
“The concept of the 70th anniversary logo is to highlight the company’s wonderful history and heritage, and was chosen as a symbol of success and triumph,” Uys says. “The wreath creates a winning association with the Continental stallion proudly displayed in our main logo, while the laurel leaf pattern is a natural element, and mimics to tread pattern of a tyre.”
Continental develops intelligent technologies for transporting people and their goods. As a reliable partner, the international automotive supplier, tire manufacturer, and industrial partner provides sustainable, safe, comfortable, individual, and affordable solutions. In 2016, the corporation generated sales of around €40.5 billion with its five divisions, Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tire, and ContiTech. Continental currently employs more than 220,000 people in 55 countries.
The Tire Division currently has more than 24 production and development locations worldwide. The broad product range and continuous investments in R&D make a major contribution to cost-effective and ecologically efficient mobility. As one of the world's leading tire manufacturers with about 49,000 employees, the Tire Division achieved sales of €10.4 billion in 2015.
Continental Commercial Vehicle Tires is one of the largest manufacturers of truck, bus and commercial specialty tires worldwide. The business unit is continuously developing from a pure tire manufacturer to a solution provider, offering a broad range of products, services and tire-related solutions.