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Continental Tire Announces Another Price Hike for Truck Tires

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Continental Tire the Americas LLC is increasing the prices of Continental, General and AmeriSteel-brand truck tires effective July 1.

In a letter to tire dealers, the company says it will raise prices “by as much as 7%” in the U.S. and Canada.

“The increase is the result of the continued escalation of raw materials, energy and logistics costs affecting the production and distribution of radial truck tires.”

Continental says the increase will vary by marketing line and/or size, and may include a change in the company’s marketing programs.

This is the second price hike for Continental truck tires in 2017. The tire maker increased prices by 8% on March 1.
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Continental Adds Tire To Its Commercial Fleet Line

M-GrabberHD-LR-P3300099-1For the first time, a General tire for commercial light trucks and vans is a part of the product demonstrations at Continental Tire the Americas LLC’s Uvalde Proving Grounds in Texas. The new Grabber HD marks the brand’s entry into the commercial fleet segment.

Over the next six weeks, Continental will host about 1,100 customers, many of whom operate and manage commercial fleets, at its tire testing facility for a first-hand look at the new Grabber HD as well as the new G-Max AS-05 ultra-high performance all-season tire and other recent additions to the General and Continental brands.

Continental says the Grabber HD will fill a void in its lineup for light trucks and vans used by small businesses and fleets. The G-Max AS-05 is replacing the G-Max AS-03.

The Grabber HD is a heavy-duty all-season tire for commercial light trucks and vans designed to deliver long even tread life, durability, confident traction and handling. Continental says its Duragen Technology provides impressive durability and a flatter footprint for longer wear.

The Grabber HD also features proprietary Sidewall Curb Guards that help to protect the tire from curbs and other potential sidewall abrasions.

A total of 11 sizes will be offered. Eight of those are 16-inch and 17-inch LT-metric sizes while the other three sizes are 15-inch and 16-inch euro van metric sizes.

Dealers can order the Grabber HD now. It will be available in stores April 3.

The G-Max AS-05 is an ultra-high performance tire offering all-season traction. It features an asymmetric tread pattern with a 50,000-mile limited tread wear warranty. The company says its Smart Grip Technology offers sporty performance on dry roads and sure-footed grip in wet and snow conditions.

The new G-Max AS-05 all-season UHP tire will be available in 54 sizes.
The new G-Max AS-05 all-season UHP tire will be available in 54 sizes.
Other features include StabiliTread Technology, which creates a flatter and larger contact patch to promote more even wear and longer tread life. Smart Monitor indicators alert the driver when the vehicle is misaligned and when the tire needs to be replaced.

A total of 54 sizes will be included in diameters ranging from 16 inches up to 22 inches with a range of 35 to 55 series covering 90% of the market.

Dealers can order the G-Max AS-05 in mid-April for delivery in stores on May 15.

Continental is also treating the guests at its 5,000-acre proving grounds 80 miles south of San Antonio to on-track demonstrations of other products. These products are the Continental brand’s ExtremeContact Sport, TerrainContact A/T, and the General Grabber X3.

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Continental Unveils the Altimax Arctic 12

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The new General Altimax Arctic 12 studdable winter tire from Continental Tire the Americas LLC targets the passenger car, minivan, crossover and compact sport utility vehicle markets. The new tire also completes the General brand’s winter tire lineup.
Certified for severe winter service, the Altimax Arctic 12 is available in 47 extra-load T-rated sizes from 14 inches to 19 inches. The size range is a large improvement over the General Altimax Arctic tire it replaces, according to Joe Maher, Continental’s product manager for passenger and winter tires in the U.S. The predecessor tire was available in a few 17-inch sizes, which also was the largest rim diameter.

“Now we have a really broad range of 17-inch sizes, and some 18-inch and even a 19-inch tire size. It’s good market coverage even for late-model vehicles.”

Maher says the Altimax Arctic 12 is better than its predecessor in three key ways:

1. A new tread pattern resists hydroplaning and improves grip in winter weather.

2. A new compound improves performance in snow and ice while improving tread life up to 18% versus the Altimax Arctic.

3. A new contour design evenly distributes pressure across a larger contact patch, improving both tread wear and tread life.

The Altimax Arctic 12’s features include a strong rigid interwoven center rib structure for superior steering response and maximum dry handling grip. Strategically angled tread blocks with serrated winter sipes are designed to provide traction and braking capability in all directions on snow and ice.

The new tire was launched in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada, in February. Dealers got “the full winter impact” at the event, according to Shannon Hutzel, branch manager at MotoStar Tire and Automotive Products Inc., which is part of the Best One Tire Group, in Menands, N.Y.
“We were lucky to experience snow and ice at the test track. I think the Altimax Arctic 12 will have improved water dispersion over the previous model. That will decrease hydroplaning, and that’s important to my customers.”
A complete winter tire portfolio

Maher says the Altimax Arctic 12 is designed around what consumers are looking for: ride comfort, excellent winter traction in snow and ice, and long tread wear lasting multiple seasons.

The new General brand winter tire also gives dealers what they are looking for in their product screens. “We made the Altimax Arctic for everything from a Ford Focus to a Ford Super Duty,” says Travis Roffler, director of marketing for the General brand. “It was one pattern, one design and one compound for three market segments.

“We had a one-style-fits-all tire, and the push back from the dealers was that when a work truck comes in, the Altimax Arctic doesn’t look robust enough.”

The company’s response was to break the Altimax Arctic into three lines designed for work trucks, light trucks and passenger vehicles.

The Grabber Arctic LT, an LT-metric studdable winter tire for larger and heavier commercial service light trucks, was introduced in 2015. Available in 10 sizes, the Grabber Arctic LT has a symmetric tread pattern, which allows for rotation on dually trucks.

The Grabber Arctic, a studdable winter tire for larger SUVs and pickups, followed in 2016. It is offered in 16-inch through 20-inch sizes.

“When we combine the Altimax Arctic 12’s 47 sizes with the Grabber Arctic in 15 sizes and the Grabber Arctic LT in 10 sizes, we have a total of 72 sizes in the market,” says Roffler. “It’s really good market coverage for a winter tire lineup. So between those three lines, dealers will really be able to fit the majority of the vehicles that come into their stores.”

The Altimax Arctic 12 will compete with the Firestone WinterForce, Hankook Winter i-Pike RS, Cooper WeatherMaster WSC, and BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI. Dealers can order the Altimax Arctic 12 starting this month with deliveries beginning in July.

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Continental Tire Recalls Select LT Tires

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Continental AG has voluntarily recalled approximately 325 light truck tires sold in the replacement market only. The tires are General Grabber 33×12.50R18 LT118Q produced in May 2015.

The company says the tires may experience localized tread wear, excessive vibration, noise and bulging in the tread area. With continued use, the tire could experience a tread separation, which could result in loss of vehicle control.

The tires can be identified with the Department of Transportation (DOT) codes A3CB 1YC 1815 and A3CB 1YC 1915. Only the production DOT weeks 1815 and 1915 are affected. Continental has not received any reports of accidents or injuries resulting from this condition.

Continental notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the details of the recall on January 20, 2017. The company is in communication with its tire distributors and dealers to identify consumers who purchased affected tires. Owners will be promptly notified and informed about the details of the voluntary safety recall program.

Consumers seeking more information, including instructions for identifying affected tires as well as obtaining replacement tires are asked to visit Continental’s Web site http://continentaltire.custhelp.com for more information.

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Continental Tire Named Official Exclusive Tire Supplier

ccContinental Tire has been named the exclusive tire supplier for the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda series beginning in 2017.

Both the Le Mans Prototype 3 (LM P3) and Mazda Prototype Challenge (MPC) classes will compete on Continental tires under the multi-year agreement.

“We’re thrilled to announce the integration of the Prototype Challenge series into our portfolio of racing properties,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for Continental Tire. “We’re honored to increase our partnership with IMSA to include this series and we look forward to showcasing our abilities on a global platform like the Prototype Challenge stage.”

There will be a dry and a wet compound provided in each class. The tires will be part of Continental’s ExtremeContact line of tires, similar to the ExtremeContact Dry Race and ExtremeContact Wet tires seen in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. These tires were designed to have high levels of grip throughout a full fuel stint and will help maintain peak performance to make it fun for the drivers and entertaining for the fans.

“IMSA continues to enjoy a strong and mutually productive partnership with Continental Tire,” said David Pettit, IMSA vice president, marketing. “We appreciate Continental increasing its already deep commitment to our sport through this new agreement. The exciting competition coming in 2017 and beyond in the new-look IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda platform will be enhanced by the consistent durability and performance of state-of-the-art Continental tires.”

The IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda is a blend of new and existing machinery. The LM P3 class will feature chassis from as many as six different constructors, all powered by identical V8 engines. The MPC class will continue to use the Elan DP02 chassis and will be powered by Mazda engines that previously comprised the Lites 1 class of the series. All cars will race on Continental tires developed specifically for each class under IMSA rules.

The 2017 schedule includes 13 rounds of action with the first two rounds being held, March 17-18, at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, FL. Nine of the 13 rounds will take place during IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship weekends with most event weekends including a pair of 45-minute sprint races.

Continental Tire has been a partner of IMSA since 2010 when the company title sponsored the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. Since that time, Continental Tire was chosen as the official tire of IMSA and exclusive tire supplier for the Prototype (P), Prototype Challenge (PC), and GT Daytona (GTD) classes in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

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Continental Brand Ag Tires Coming Soon

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Goodbye, Mitas. Hello, Continental. The end of the trademark licensing agreement between Continental and its licensee, Mitas a.s., coupled with the acquisition of Mitas by Trelleborg AB have led Continental to bring back Continental brand ag tires.

Continental AG is investing close to $55 million in its agricultural tire plant in Lousado, Portugal, to produce radial Continental ag tires beginning in 2017. Some 125 jobs will be created as a result.

“With this investment, we give a clear sign that Continental is once again active as a premium manufacturer in the agricultural tire sector with our premium Continental brand,” said Nikolai Setzer, member of Continental’s executive board and head of the Tire Division. “In Lousado, we have an excellent location and a highly motivated and experienced team, which manufactures cutting-edge radial tires in a state-of-the-art production facility for the demanding agricultural sector.”

“Professional agriculture has undergone rapid change over the past few years,” said Thorsten Bublitz, business line manager responsible for the agricultural tire business. “In view of the growing world population and the increasing need for agricultural crops, the number of large-scale operations and, therefore, the demand for efficient agricultural tires is increasing. This is where we have many years of experience as a premium manufacturer.”

Continental intends to bring a complete tire portfolio for agricultural tractors and harvesting machines to the market, working together with the major vehicle manufacturers in the process. The range will include radial and cross-ply tires in 150 sizes.

Continental is already producing cross-ply tires for the agricultural sector in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

Beside the investment in the manufacturing plant in Lousado, Continental is additionally investing nearly $2.8 million in a new Research & Development Center in Lousado. The center will do research in close cooperation with the Central Research & Development Department in Hanover, Germany, and at the start will employ five recently recruited engineers.

Continental also supplies components and systems for agricultural machines and agricultural infrastructure. The range of products extends from comprehensive instrumentation and camera solutions, to sensors, rubber tracks and conveyor belt technology, and exhaust gas treatment. In supplying this combination of components from a single source, Continental is in the position to offer agricultural companies comprehensive solutions for greater efficiency, environmental friendliness, and conservation of resources.

The investment in the radial agricultural tire sector in Lousado is part of Vision 2025, which was launched in 2011 and is used by the Tire Division for the strategic planning and systematic implementation of technological progress. Other examples include investments in the AIBA (Automated Indoor Braking Analyzer) in 2012, the ContiLifeCycle Plant for retreading truck tires and rubber recycling in Hanover-Stöcken in 2013, and the High Performance Technology Center in Korbach in 2014.Source MTD

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Continental Opens High Performance Technology Center

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Continental AG has opened a High Performance Technology Center (HPTC) in Korbach, Germany, next to its existing production facilities. The company says the center “is moving tire production into the digital age.”
The HPTC will operate like “a research department on the shop floor,” Continental says.

“In addition to producing ultra-high-performance tires to meet the exacting requirements of high-powered sports cars, we will also be building test tires as we develop and trial new manufacturing processes in Korbach,” says Plant Manager Lothar Salokat. “Using cutting-edge technology, we document every detail of our research and development projects so that our innovations can then be rolled out in Continental tire plants worldwide.”

In a first for Continental, all HPTC’s machinery is completely networked via sensor systems and software. The tire maker calls this approach “Industry 4.0”, and it allows every step in the process and the behavior of the materials during processing to be fully documented.
“As a result, our tire-building experts, chemists and physicists are able to design cutting-edge processes and monitor every detail of their suitability for industrial-scale tire production,” says Georg Reichert, HPTC project manager in charge of construction in Korbach. “This means that from now on we can carry out even ultra-short production run testing on the conventional tire-making machinery used across Continental. Changes to individual materials and production steps and to vulcanization temperatures and times can be simulated and then their impact on the finished tire can be investigated in vehicle tests.”

The center includes everything usually found in a tire-building plant. The rubber compounds required for the individual components are produced consistently in line with their recipe; steel cord and textile cutters are available for producing the semi-finished products, as are extruders, various tire-building machines and hot presses for vulcanization.

While all the tire-building machines meet Continental’s usual standards, individual segments of the green tire can be cured at different temperatures. This kind of “multi-zone” heating can be used for test series, for example, to enable detailed monitoring of the chemical reactions that take place during vulcanization.
The center in Korbach, which opened June 7, is located on the site of a Continental plant that produces passenger tires, industrial tires, bicycle tires, motorcycle tires, as well as rubber hoses for ContiTech.

Continental invested 45 million euros in the HPTC, and created 80 new jobs with its opening. The center will carry out some research and development work as well. That work typically had been done only in the company’s Hanover location.

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Continental Tire is 5-10 Years from Dandelion Tires

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Continental Tire the Americas LLC says in the next decade the tire maker expects to sell tires made from a flowering weed — the dandelion.

“Our target is within the next 5 to 10 years,” says Peter Zmolek, director of research and development of passenger and light truck tires for Continental Tire the Americas. “In the summer of 2014, Taraxagum tires were produced and tested under summer and winter conditions on our proving grounds in Germany and Sweden. The results were very encouraging and our continued development efforts are on track.”
The initial tests run so far demonstrate that the tire made from Taraxagum show an equivalent, “property profile” when compared to tires made from conventional natural rubber, the company says.

Continental says the potential is great, but significant hurdles must be overcome before the use of this natural material can be fully utilized. For one, synchronizing the agronomy process (planting, growing and harvesting) to continually changing demand presents a significant challenge. Nevertheless, the team at Continental was recently able to extract several kilos of dandelion rubber from a small lab system to build the Taraxagum tires.

In conjunction with The Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology, Julius Kuehn-Institute, and EKUSA, Continental has produced and tested tires where the tread is made 100% out of dandelion natural rubber as a polymer.
Between 10 and 30% of a car tire includes natural rubber, while truck tires can include proportionally higher amounts. Today, natural rubber is still obtained almost exclusively from the rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) which can only be cultivated in what is referred to as the “rubber belt” around the equator. Global demand for natural rubber is set to rise in the next few years and at the same time, the changing world makes it challenging to meet this demand.

The growth cycle of a rubber tree is roughly seven years before it can start producing latex that can be used in rubber production. This rubber made from this latex is key as it has unique performance attributes that can’t be replicated in synthetic rubber making natural rubber a must for tire production. Therefore, market demand is outpacing production capacities, a situation that, in the past, has led to unpredictable price volatility.

Continental is looking to a specific Russian dandelion species as an alternative for natural rubber production. The roots of this dandelion species contain the natural rubber latex (the source for natural rubber used in tires), meaning supply will be steadier and easier to control leading to greater price stability. The company says this crop is much less sensitive to weather than the rubber tree.

“In agricultural terms, dandelions are an undemanding plant, growing in moderate climates, even in the northern hemisphere, and can be cultivated on land not suitable for food production,” says Carla Recker, who heads the Continental team involved in the development of this material. “This means that rubber production is conceivable near our tire factories, for instance, and the significantly shorter transport routes would also reduce CO2 emissions.”
Transporting rubber from South America or West Africa to North America and Europe for manufacturing is a long and costly journey. If this part of the process can be consolidated to agricultural zones of the Americas and Europe, the economic and carbon emissions benefits would be a significant boon to the tire industry.

This particular dandelion can thrive in a large part of the world. The growth cycle for the Russian dandelion is approximately one year. The dandelions Continental are working with were optimized without the use of genetic engineering.

For more information about Continental’s dandelion research, visit http://www.taraxagum.com. For more information about the company, visit http://www.continentaltire.com.

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Forbes Names Continental One of America’s Best Employers

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For the second year in a row, Continental North America was ranked one of America’s Best Employers 2016 by Forbes magazine.

Continental has invested more than $1.5 billion in the United States since 2011 in the automotive and tire industry, and in February 2016 announced a $1.4 billion investment for a new commercial vehicle tire plant in Mississippi.

Continental employs approximately 17,000 people in the U.S. Pictured is the company’s NAFTA headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Continental employs approximately 17,000 people in the U.S. Pictured is the company’s NAFTA headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Forbes magazine’s list of top employers is generated from a national survey of 30,000 employees from companies throughout the country, and rates employers who continuously raise the bar on employee initiatives and strive to achieve corporate culture excellence. Each survey participant was asked to rank both his own employer as well as other employers in the same industry sector.
“We are extremely excited and proud to once again be named as one of America’s Best Employers by Forbes,” says Rick Ledsinger, vice president of human relations for Continental North America. “Attracting and retaining top talent has become more challenging in our business. As the tech-driven automotive industry continues to evolve, we must remain flexible within this changing landscape by offering unique programs and services that not only meet the needs of employees, but their families too.

“At Continental, our employees are our greatest asset. In our 2015 worldwide employee survey, the vast majority – 85% – of employees said they were proud to work for Continental. This result is around 10 percentage points higher than the previous survey carried out in 2011.

“Our employees are working on ideas and technologies that are shaping future mobility. They are the drivers of our business growth and long-term success. That is why we remain committed to advancing our talent development strategies, ensuring we are continuously creating impactful and engaging opportunities across the organization.

“Each year, we strive at becoming the employer of choice. Our innovative employee initiatives and dedication to creating an excellent work-life balance culture are among the many reasons we have again made it to the Forbes list this year. At the core for all of this are our values – trust, passion to win, freedom to act, and for one another. These four pillars are what guide us and contribute positively to our company’s culture.”

America’s Best Employers 2016 list will be published in the April 11 print issue of Forbes magazine.

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Continental has New On and Off Road Semi Tire

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Continental Tire the Americas LLC’s Commercial Vehicle Tire group has launched an on/off-road tire for severe service applications. The HDC1 HT is available in the U.S. and Canada markets.

The company says this on/off- road drive tire was developed to deliver un-matched traction and durability in severe service applications such as construction, mining, oil fields and logging.

With Continental’s new generation of truck tires being built on the Conti 3G casing, the company says fleets will gain improved durability, retreadability and traction versus the original HTC1. The tire offers a specialized diamond lug tread design, on/off-road belt package and 32/32-inch tread depth. It is designed specifically for severe conditions that fit the demands of construction applications.

The HDC1 HT is a benchmark for vehicles that require maximum traction, extra sidewall protection, and resistance to stone penetration and chain damage, according to Continental. To make the tire more suitable for off-road environments, the on/off-road belt package has a shoulder to shoulder, full width fourth belt. This increases stiffness and provides more protection from penetrations to improve durability.

The diamond lug tread design combines rotating angles and stone bumpers to maximize stone ejection and is optimal for chaining. Additionally, the full inch deep tread will keep the tire gripping in all conditions.

“We anticipate those who depend on their trucks to operate every day in mud, snow, gravel and off-road conditions will be very interested in our specialized off-road, high traction drive product,” says Alex Chmiel, Continental’s director of marketing for commercial vehicle tires the Americas.

“If a fleet is searching for application specific coverage that meets their driving needs, Continental’s HDC1 HT provides the answer by offering the 11R22.5 and the 11R24.5 heavy drive construction, high traction solution.” The all new HDC1 HT is the 12th tire to be built on the Conti 3G casing. The tire is available now in both sizes.

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