The unexpected death of Alexander Bahlmann last summer left a hole in the tyre industry and particularly at Continental, where he headed communications and public relations for the Tire division’s passenger car and light truck tyre business. It is only now, half a year later, that a successor has taken on the position vacant since Bahlmann’s passing. As of this month, Cordula Ressing is the new head of communications and public relations for Continental’s car and light truck tyre business.
Continental has reported the untimely death of Alexander Bahlmann, who headed communications and public relations for passenger car and light truck tyres within the company’s Tire division. Bahlmann died suddenly last Friday, aged just 46.
Against the backdrop of the half-year results that Continental presented in August, several German media sources reported price increases of three to five per cent for Continental tyres. Although Continental released no statement detailing the increases, it confirms that the new pricing was implemented to better align its tyre prices with the cost of raw materials, which has strongly risen since the fourth quarter of last year, as well as currency developments.
Germany’s contribution to this year’s World Cup hasn’t just been some spectacular football and a memorable 7-1 victory over the host nation in the semi-final; sponsor Continental has produced three World Cup-themed tyres to mark the event. Each of these limited edition products feature stylised footballs and the FIFA World Cup logo on the sidewall – but unfortunately, none are available for sale here.
It isn’t easy to achieve an A/A rating on the European tyre label, at least not if you appraise tyre performance according to the guidelines, but Continental has managed it with the all-new Conti.eContact. The latest generation of tyre to carry this name is initially available in six sizes for 17 and 18-inch rims as a replacement fitment for the European market. Low volume production has begun at Continental’s Sarreguemines tyre plant in France.