In 1900, Continental delivered the balloon material for sealing the gas cells of the first German airship, the Zeppelin LZ 1. Today, Continental is also using its knowledge of tire technology to drive forward other industrial sectors.
In cooperation with sporting goods manufacturer adidas, for example, the company has developed a shoe sole with an extremely strong grip. Thanks to the special rubber compound on his soles, Johannes Rydzek won an uphill ski-jump race in 2017, climbing the required 50 meters up the ski jump in Oberstdorf, Germany, in under 28 seconds. This was despite a constant gradient of 37 degrees. A world record.