Products for Commercial Specialty Vehicles

Environmental Benefits

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Continental Specialty tires offer several environmental benefits. Our company helps preserve the environment through recycling and other waste reduction measures in our manufacturing process. We take global measures toward protecting the climate at each of our locations, including creating products with long lifetimes for less disposal and less waste.


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Continental Specialty tires are free of nitrosamine and polycyclic hydrocarbons, which are aromatic oils that have been used in tire production and are believed to be carcinogenic.

Low Rolling Resistance = Fuel Savings

Tires can have a profound impact on fuel consumption—in large part due to their rolling resistance. This is the force needed to keep a wheel rolling, but, too much resistance negatively affects fuel economy. Although rolling resistance is influenced by the dynamic properties of the tire, including its construction, geometry, load and temperature, the most important is the damping of the rubber.  Damping refers to the amount of energy that is absorbed by a tire as it rolls under the weight of a vehicle as compared to the amount of energy that is repelled away from the tire.  Usually, the more elastic a rubber compound, the less energy it will absorb.  Because absorbed energy turns into heat, the amount of elasticity in a tire is a critical consideration. 

Continental engineers attack the rolling resistance problem with their careful selection of materials, tread designs, compounding and other engineering factors. It may not sound as important a factor as does durability or initial cost, but rolling resistance really can make a measurable difference in your operating costs.  In fact, according to one study done by Continental engineers, for every 10 percent reduction in rolling resistance generated by tires, the amount of energy consumed by the vehicle is reduced by almost two percent. This may not sound like much until you consider that our testing has shown the rolling resistance generated by Continental’s industrial tires is, in some cases, more than 40 percent lower than some of our top competitors. For companies operating fleets of forklifts, the potential for energy savings and a reduced “carbon footprint” can be substantial.

In an example below, a rolling resistance test compared Continental tires against those of our major competitors, using forklifts of several common U.S. sizes. As you can see, Continental industrial tires have the lowest rolling resistance among industrial tires in this application. The below example was conducted testing our Press-On Band products.Tire Construction

Continental industrial tires are free of nitrosamine and polycyclic hydrocarbons, which are aromatic oils that have been used in tire production and are believed to be carcinogenic.

Low Rolling Resistance = Fuel Savings

Tires can have a profound impact on fuel consumption—in large part due to their rolling resistance. This is the force needed to keep a wheel rolling, but, too much resistance negatively affects fuel economy. Although rolling resistance is influenced by the dynamic properties of the tire, including its construction, geometry, load and temperature, the most important is the damping of the rubber.  Damping refers to the amount of energy that is absorbed by a tire as it rolls under the weight of a vehicle as compared to the amount of energy that is repelled away from the tire.  Usually, the more elastic a rubber compound, the less energy it will absorb.  Because absorbed energy turns into heat, the amount of elasticity in a tire is a critical consideration. 

Continental engineers attack the rolling resistance problem with their careful selection of materials, tread designs, compounding and other engineering factors. It may not sound as important a factor as does durability or initial cost, but rolling resistance really can make a measurable difference in your operating costs.  In fact, according to one study done by Continental engineers, for every 10 percent reduction in rolling resistance generated by tires, the amount of energy consumed by the vehicle is reduced by almost two percent. This may not sound like much until you consider that our testing has shown the rolling resistance generated by Continental’s industrial tires is, in some cases, more than 40 percent lower than some of our top competitors. For companies operating fleets of forklifts, the potential for energy savings and a reduced “carbon footprint” can be substantial.

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