From raw material to series production tires
A new tire has to pass through several sections of Continental’s R&D department before it can go into series production. Today’s product development process generally lasts between three and five years and involves a host of indoor and outdoor tests. Continental is now presenting the various labs for an in-depth insight into tire development at the company. It begins with the Mixing Lab where the basic ingredient, i.e. rubber, is blended together with various components according to exact recipes in order to replicate the characteristics of the future tire. This is followed by a look at the Compound Testing Lab, Special Labs, cutting workshop and finally the test labs. Exhaustive tire analysis and simulation methods are used to test future series production tires in several stages.
An industrial design team at Hanover-Stöcken is responsible for creating the tires’ distinctive design, with support from designers in Puchov, Slovakia and colleagues at the Fort Mill facility in South Carolina, USA.
Tires are in for a tough time here! The Destructive Tire Analysis department takes the whole tire to pieces to identify, analyse and evaluate faults in the casing, the sidewall or the overall tire structure.