History of Cooper and Continental Tyres

Continental Tires and Cooper Tires are synonymous with quality in the automotive tire industry. Made with high-quality products, with maximum mileage in mind, these two brands have established themselves as leaders in the field of automotive tires.

Continental Tires was founded in 1871 in Hanover, Germany. The company was established with the aim of supplying a variety of rubber products to various industries.

Early continental rubber products included bicycle and train tires. In 1892 Continental became the first German company to produce bicycle tires produced only from rubber. Cooper 4WD tyres are made with deeper treads to give you better traction off-road and more mileage.

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In 1898 an early motorized vehicle appeared. Unreliable and often dangerous, they proved to be very popular among the rich and Continental found a new way out for rubber.

The first car tires produced by Continental where it really stepped on, bending hair at the end of the 19th century could mean putting the life of the driver on the phone.

Cooper Tires was founded in 1914 in Ohio by entrepreneur Ira Cooper. The company grew rapidly and with the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 the company had earned a reputation for quality.

During the war years, the company was transformed from civilian operations into a producer of military goods including pontoons, waterproof bags, landing craft and most importantly tires.