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Continental Tyres-Ten Reasons Why they are So Popular here in the UK.

Continental tyres were first made in Hanover, Germany

Continental made soft rubber products and solid tyres for the first bicycles and horse drawn carriages. In 1892 the company then started to make the first Pneumatic tyres in Germany.continental tyres

  • Moving on to 1901 Continental tyres made the first tyre to have a tread pattern. This was for added grip, and it was already clear that the German tyre company were becoming very innovative.
  •  In 1905 not long after the addition of a tread pattern. Continental invented the anti-skid tyre, which was a forerunner the studded snow tyres that we are familiar with today.
  • Continental tyres celebrated their 50th anniversary.They were to be the first German tyre company to add textiles to the tyre product with the addition of cord casing onto the market. Linen was the material that was used before this new method. This discovery was now to be replaced with a more workable cord fibre fabric. At the same time, they started to make large pneumatic tyres fit trucks.
  •  In 1926 carbon black was to be introduced into the tyres compound. This would give the tyres more strength and make them last longer. Once again Continental were leaders in innovation and strove to make a better product.
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  • Had already been involved in early motorsport events. In the mid-1930’s racing tyres were fitted to Auto-Union and Mercedes racing cars with four straight wins in the German Grand Prix. They also were beating numerous speed records. Their tyres were proving to be of exceptional quality even in the early years.
  • The war years saw very little movement from Continental but productions. But in 1945 production resumed after permission from the British government. In 1955 Continental started producing the “tubeless tyres” that would be fitted to most cars.
  • Bringing things more up to date. 1979 would see Continental buying American tyre company Uniroyal.Thus, gave Continental a much larger base in Europe. This would be the start of the German tyre maker. Therefore Becoming so common here in the UK.
  • The Eighties would see more acquisitions, with the purchase of General tyres in America and a cheap tyre brand from Portugal called Mabor tyres. Both Mabor and General were well-known brands here in the UK.
  •  Continental tyres then bought a large share of Czech tyre company Barum, another famous budget tyre brand, along with 50 tyre dealer outlets. At this stage, they were well known all across Europe and not only here in the UK. They had amassed more than 2000 tyre retailers across 18 European countries and were now becoming contenders for the largest tyre company in the World, a feat that they later achieved.

Continental tyres are no doubt the world’s biggest tyre innovators in the world. They have put billions of Euros into tyre research and development.

 

 

Continental Tyres-Have made first Winter tyres-using Dandelion extract in the compound.

Continental Tyres-Have made first Winter tyres-using Dandelion

Continental Tyres-Have made first Winter tyres-using Dandelion

Believe it or not my other interest in life other than a garage owner has been my love of nature and keeping different animals as pets. One of my favorite pets to keep in the beginning was rabbits and guinea pigs. These animals have always been a good type of animal to keep when starting out looking after pets. Some people think it is cruel to keep animals in small living quarters, but I am convinced that it set me on the road to become a sensible caring person in later life and as a businessman, passing good attributes onto my staff, to help create a good working environment.

Continental Tyres-Have made first Winter tyres-using Dandelion
The humble dandelion will now be used to help make new tyres.

To get back to the point, I used to walk a couple of miles each morning to collect greens to feed my animals with. One of their favorite greens was the humble dandelion. The thing that many people will notice about the dandelion is that when you pick them, they leek out a sticky white substance. I used to wonder if ever this liquid could ever have a beneficial use, in medicine or industry.
When I grew up and went into the tyre industry I always wondered about the similarity of the dandelion juice and the latex that was drawn from trees to manufacture rubber. It was also similar to a product that was used to self- seal tyres if they had a small puncture with, a white sticky latex type substance.

Continental Tyres-Have made first Winter tyres-using Dandelion

I could not believe that now in my later years. Continental tyres have worked together with an organisation known as the “Fraunhofer Institute”. To actually develop this by-product of nature. Latex from the dandelion plant. As a result, into making tyres. Thus  the very thing that has kept me and my family in a living all these years. The molecular structure of the humble dandelion is very similar to the latex. Which is grown for the tyre and rubber industry. Naturally, in vast forests in warmer parts of the world.

Continental Tyres-Have made first Winter tyres-using Dandelion
Russian varieties of dandelions will be grown in vast quantities.

The plants that have been used are a variety of dandelion from Russia. Hence, and can be grown anywhere in the temperate regions of Europe.

They have been grown in vast quantities all around the Continental factories. Throughout the continental Europe. This is a great environmental achievement. So and earlier this year (2014). Then the German tyre company was awarded an environmental and economic prize . Known as the “Green Tec Award” in the automobile category. Something that Continental tyres are truly proud off.

Continental Tyres-Have made first Winter tyres-using Dandelion

The humble dandelion was always seen as a weed. hence, to many gardeners . But in recent times has been recognised as been one of the earliest wild plants to flower. Providing nectar and pollen for early bees and butterflies. It now also used in flower schemes because of its early flowering. Besides, where it was once hacked down as a weed. So it is now left in situ to flower. Therefore, this new development from Continental. Will put the dandelion up there with all the other important finds. In the search for a greener planet. Continental tyres are to start building tyres using the dandelion latex

The research has been going on for a number of years now. So armed with a large acreage of Russian dandelion plants. Grown around the tyre factory. They decided to use the new product now known as “Taraxagum”, in the manufacture of some experimental tyres.

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The new material will be called “Taraxagum”

The tyres that are used are winter tyres because they already contain a large amount of natural rubber.

The winter tyres natural rubber has been completely replaced by the new marketing name teraxagum, and will be extensively tested this winter near Hanover in Germany and also in Sweden where the temperature gets very low.

Continental Tyres-Have made first Winter tyres-using Dandelion

Dr. Andreas Topp, Head of Material and Process Development says… “The development process of Taraxagum has been very promising so far and we are continuing the industrialization together with our partners. We are very confident. That our current research results will be confirmed. Especially, through the tyre tests. So that they will meet the performance targets,”
In my opinion Continental tyres have struck gold. Hence, with this new product. It will also save billions of Euro’s in transport costs. Because the dandelions will be able to grow here in Europe . Close to the tyre manufacturing plants. The new tyres will undergo many trials. Before they a released for sale. A time period of ten years has been mentioned.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell ContinentalTyres online from our website

Continental Tyres Cup tickets-Win! St George’s Park experience and FA WSL | FourFourTwo

Continental Tyres Cup tickets

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Ever fancied going to St George’s Park, the FA’s National Football Centre? What about the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup?

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Another great competition for  Continental tyres cup tickets to visit the England Ladies training camp.

For a chance to win click the following link…http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2173564/FFTO-Win-a-St-George-s-Park-experience-plus-FA-WSL-tickets

Continental tyres. Thus, are now big backers of the women’s football scene. Consequently,  they are in their third season of sponsorship. Thus, of The FA WSL . Of course, have in recent times made a  four year agreement from 2014-2018. This is to partner the women’s game. Which also reaches out to prestigious   England Women’s Team. Hence, they also support the  FA Women’s Cup. naturally, as well as the newly extended  FA WSL and The FA WSL Continental Cup.  In addition, Continental will continue to support The FA Girls Football Festivals; a national programme to increase participation at grassroots level.

Here in the Yorkshire area Continental tyres have supported the female game at a lower level including supplying new balls and training equipment. Mrs Debbie Bastow of Pellon Tyres in Halifax,Yorkshire recently received some great football equipment from Continental tyres for the team that she runs, Tingley ladies Football team.

Continental tyre cup tickets to see one of the England women’s games will be on offer by entering through the link above .

I have already watched some of the games. As expected, i am impressed at the high level of standards in the female game.

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Continental supporting local female football.

Continental will also form a small group of sponsors. Thus, who will enjoy access to all levels of the game from high profile awareness via perimeter boards and elite players, through to exclusive activity at grass roots level in the local communities, such as there backing at pellon Tyres for the Tingley ladies team. Will run along side the Continental tyres latest Hotel stay deal that is on from June to the end of September 2015.

http://www.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk/continental-tyres-hotel-promotion-pellon-tyres/