Puchov/Hanover, September 5, 2018. The technology company and premium tire manufacturer Continental celebrated yesterday, on September 4th at its location in Puchov, Slovakia the twenty years anniversary since the truck tires plant has become part of the company. A special event was hosted at the plant by Ladislav Rosina, Plant Manager Continental Matador Truck Tires s.r.o., with the participation of the management of the Tire Division, the local leaders and employees who remembered together the achievements of the local team. Investments in manufacturing technology upgrades of over EUR 630 million, an almost ten times increased production volume to around 2.9 million tires and a team which almost quadrupled since 1998 make Continental Matador Truck Tires s.r.o. a success story within the tires manufacturing network. In sign of thankfulness also to the local community the plant donated vouchers totaling EUR eight thousand to four local non-governmental organizations.
Nikolai Setzer, Head of the Tire Division and Member of the Executive Board congratulated the team at the event: “‘Tire Business is people business’ and this tire plant has added consistently milestones of success in the implementation course of our Tire Division’s Vision 2025, being a backbone for our tire business, especially in the EMEA region. All this has been possible because of you, our employees. Congratulations to your twenty year anniversary and keep up your Passion-to-Win also in the future!” Christian Koetz, Head of Business Unit Commercial Vehicle Tires, emphasized in his speech the agility and flexibility of the Puchov plant in supporting EMEA and other markets. He also added: “The plant and its employees have always been open to support innovations and innovative products. I always appreciated the long lasting high-performance of the plant and its employees to satisfy the customers’ requirements not only in quality, but also in volume, coverage and costs.”
Bernhard Trilken, Head of Manufacturing & Logistics Tires, stated to this occasion: “Since the beginning the truck tire plant team aimed high. Committed employees with strong team spirit, goal achievement orientation, and continuous improvement were always the pillars of the plant’s high-performance and long lasting stability.” The “quality first” mindset of the employees had been awarded with the Quality Award for highest KPI level consecutively in 2016 and 2017. Also the capability of the team to manage extreme levels of complexity has brought further business to Puchov, both in Commercial Vehicle Tires and in Passenger and Light Truck Tires, a Technology Center and ContiTech, making Continental the biggest employer in Puchov region with currently around 4,700 employees.
The event 20 years anniversary event concluded with the speech of Ladislav Rosina, Plant Manager Continental Matador Truck Tires s.r.o., who thanked all employees as well as the honored guests for their contribution to the success and achievements of the plant as well as celebrating the success story of the truck tire plant Puchov together.
Twenty years ago Continental was searching for a strategic partner to build up a highly efficient manufacturing plant for truck tires, and Matador was searching a partner to maintain its truck tire business. Activities of both parties resulted in a formation agreement signed on September 16th, 1998 establishing a joint venture company: Continental Matador s.r.o., renamed in 2007 to Continental Matador Truck Tires s.r.o. The truck tire plant in Puchov produces annually one third of the total truck and bus tire volume of Continental.