Continental significantly increases order intake for future technologies by around 26 percent
Continental is in a strong position when it comes to purchase-relevant future technologies for mobility. This is shown by the sharp increase in order intake for the Automotive group sector, which amounted to more than €23 billion in 2022, up 26 percent compared with the previous year (2021: more than €18 billion).
Multibillion-euro order for next-generation brake system
Proof of the company’s strong technological position in driving safety is its first major order for an ultra-modern, “semi-dry” brake system worth more than €2 billion. What makes this system so special is that it has “dry” brakes on the rear axle that do not require brake fluid. The new technology also includes the MK C2 electronic brake system. In addition, the order intake for cutting-edge display solutions with a production launch after 2022 has now reached more than €7 billion.
End-to end solutions for assisted and automated driving
Continental also continues to drive forward the development of assisted and automated driving. To this end, the company is working with Ambarella, a company that produces semiconductors with artificial intelligence (AI), to offer vehicle manufacturers end-to-end solutions for advanced driver assistance systems and automation from level 2 and above through to highly automated vehicles. This strategic partnership follows the integration of Ambarella’s energy-efficient system-on-chip (SoC) family into Continental’s advanced driver assistance systems. Production of the joint solutions is planned for 2026.
Continental focuses on tires from renewable and recycled materials
At the IAA Transportation trade fair, Continental unveiled the Conti Urban, its concept tire that after a single retreading consists of more than 90 percent renewable and recycled materials. The Conti Urban, which is already approved for road use, has been designed specifically for electric buses and delivery vehicles of the future. It contains nearly 50 percent renewable and recycled materials when initially delivered. The noise level of the tire has also been significantly optimized. The prototype is set to be trialed with customers in the near future.
Continental also became the first tire manufacturer to introduce recycled polyester yarn obtained from PET bottles into its production in 2022. This makes it possible to completely replace the polyester conventionally used in the tire casing. For each set of standard car tires, around 40 recycled PET bottles are used that would otherwise have ended up in landfills because they come from countries where they are not part of a recycling system.
Continental tires are also proving themselves in the electric vehicle segment. Nine of the world’s 10 highest-volume manufacturers of electric vehicles trust in Continental tires for their original equipment.
Sustainable surface solutions for a wide range of applications
With its innovative products, ContiTech showed on multiple occasions in the past fiscal year that sustainability and climate change mitigation are a major focus for its modern surface solutions. This applies both to vehicle interiors and to furniture for home and commercial use. Examples include furniture for hotels and the shipping and cruise industry.
The Xpreshn surface product used in vehicles can already be produced entirely from sustainable raw materials to provide a 100 percent carbon-neutral solution that is both lightweight and environmentally friendly. Furthermore, Continental has developed a method that allows waste coffee grounds to be used as a sustainable raw material for its surface products. This reduces waste and the emission of greenhouse gases such as methane and carbon dioxide. In the case of the skai VyP Coffee upholstery fabric, more than 65 percent of conventional chemical raw materials have already been replaced by natural and recycled constituents.
Number of employees
At the end of 2022, Continental had around 200,000 employees worldwide – an additional 8,000 people compared with the end of 2021 (+4.3 percent). The increase was particularly evident in the Automotive group sector, both in production and development. The number of software and IT specialists, for instance, grew by around 2,000 employees to currently 21,000 worldwide.