Continental always aims to be at the forefront of ecological innovation, adopting eco-friendly changes at every step of the way, from initial tyre development right through to production. Continental’s Commercial Specialty Tyres business unit offers an eco-friendly tyre called Continental LifeCycle™.
The retreaded solid rubber LifeCycle tyre is made from select casings which have passed Continental´s exhaustive, standardised quality control. Following these checks, the tread is removed from the casing and completely replaced, using a rubber mixture identical to the material of new tyres. With this method, about 65% of the existing tyre can be reused and only 35% of new raw material is needed. All other phases in the ContiLifeCycle manufacturing process are identical to the production of all other new solid rubber tyres at Continental. State-of-the-art tests and quality controls combined with efficient and environmentally-friendly tyre production ensure German quality products at a lower price.
By reusing selected tyre casings the amount of energy and raw materials used in the tyre manufacturing process are reduced – which also lowers the price of the product. With customers’ help this large-scale recycling initiative will help to bring down the number of scrap tyres needing disposal as well as the emission of climate-changing CO2 – Continental LifeCycle protects nature and offers cost savings.