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Continental Tyre SA recognised as Nelson Mandela Bay Top 50 Company for second year

JUNE 15, 2017
Continental Tyre SA recognised as Nelson Mandela Bay Top 50 Company for second year

Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) earned Top 50 Company awards for the second year in a row from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, signifying the key role it plays in the local industry.

The awards ceremony was held recently at the Boardwalk Convention Centre in Port Elizabeth, acknowledging and celebrating companies from all sectors that contributed to developing the economy, creating jobs and promoting investment.

Continental earned two awards as a ‘Top Employer’ as well as a ‘Long-standing Investor’ from the municipality, which pays tribute to the company’s long and proud heritage in Nelson Mandela Bay. At the inaugural Top 50 Company event in 2016, Continental received a ‘Top Achiever’ award.

“The Top 50 Company awards recognise the important role that we play in the local economy, both as an employer and an investor,” said Shaun Uys, managing director of Continental Tyre SA. “It’s fitting that this coincides with our 70th anniversary celebrations this year, which is a proud achievement for the company after being originally founded in January 1947.

“We have grown significantly over the past seven decades, and introduced investments and upgrades worth almost R1-billion over the past five years at the Port Elizabeth plant. This fulfils the growing demand for Continental and General Tire-branded products in South Africa and the broader Sub-Saharan Africa region.”

Continental Tyre SA currently employs 1 650 people, and produces a wide range of passenger car, light truck and commercial vehicle tyres. It remains the only local tyre manufacturer supplying original equipment (OE) tyres to all seven vehicle manufacturers in SA. Additionally, the company produces commercial specialty tyres for the heavy-duty mining and earthmoving sectors.