Continental tires made with polyester from recycled PET bottles now available throughout Europe; efficient ContiRe.Tex technology recycles bottles without intermediate chemical steps, with one car tire using polyester from about 40 recycled PET bottles

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HANOVER, Germany , June 21, 2022 (press release) –

  • Continental tires with ContiRe.Tex-technology can now be ordered by dealers across Europe
  • PremiumContact 6, EcoContact 6 and AllSeasonContact in five dimensions are each equipped with the sustainable ContiRe.Tex technology

Continental tires containing polyester made from recycled PET bottles are now available to all dealers in Europe. Continental has brought the so-called ContiRe.Tex technology, which can completely replace the conventionally polyester in the tire carcass, into series production in April 2022. Currently, the premium tire manufacturer offers three models in five dimensions each with polyester made from recycled PET bottles: the PremiumContact 6, the EcoContact 6 and the all-season tire AllSeasonContact.

In September 2021, Continental unveiled the specially developed ContiRe.Tex technology for the first time. It uses polyester yarn, which is obtained from used PET bottles without any intermediate chemical steps and not recycled in any other way. This makes the technology much more efficient than other standard methods for processing PET bottles into high-performance polyester yarns. The bottles used for the technology come exclusively from regions without a closed recycling loop. A set of standard passenger car tires uses the material from around 40 recycled PET bottles. Tires with ContiRe.Tex technology have a special logo on the sidewall (“Contains Recycled Material”).

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