Back in 1920, the staff at Continental were already meticulously testing the elasticity and suppleness of car hoses. A particularly high tensile strength was the decisive criterion for determining the quality standard for rubber. To check these properties, a vehicle weighing 1,275 kg was lifted into the air by a crane – attached to a Continental hose. During this test, the hose stretched to 8.6 times its length before returning to its original size. If it did so successfully, it was deemed to have passed.
Even today, a high quality standard is essential in ensuring that the products are safer, work more efficiently and processes are more sustainable. It is not only car hoses that need be tested on a regular basis, but also electronic products such as body control units, which currently count among the most high-performance vehicle computers.
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary, we will show you the essence of our mission for greater mobility: Embark on a journey through the eventful history of the company since its founding in 1871 with fascinating motifs and experience the development of Continental into an international technology company.
Behind every individual image there is a special story, which you can discover here: From enthusiastic Continental staff members at work and surprising product launches at the end of the 19th century, to the spectacular world records and technologies for a sustainable and mobile future.