Continental factory in Stoecken, Hanover
Jun 23, 2020

Continental creates Sustainability Department

Continental’s Tires has created an exclusive department for sustainability activities and projects, headed by Claus Petschick. The company says that the move is part of the company’s “Vision 2030” strategy program.

Petschick  will be responsible for the strategic direction and worldwide steering of all sustainability projects. He will report directly to Christian Kötz, Head of the Tire business area and Member of the Executive Board of Continental AG.

Petschick has been with Continental for over 30 years, as part of its R&D and product development for the original equipment (OE) business. He then moved to manage the Hanover-Stöcken plant in 2007. Petschick was also Vice President Quality Management for over ten years.

Claus Petschick

Continental’s sustainability strategy focuses on climate change mitigation, clean mobility, circular economies, and sustainable supply chains, according to a company press release. It is investing in the research and development of new technologies, alternative materials, and environmentally compatible production processes.

Retreading is one of the areas Continental works in its sustainability drive. The ContiLifeCycle plant in Hanover, Germany, develops specially designed machine fleets with integrated retreading systems, setting new standards in tyre recycling.

The Taraxagum project from Continental and the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME) is working on supplying natural rubber from dandelion plants. The Urban Taraxagum bicycle tyre has been developed as Continental’s first dandelion tyre.



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