Continental acquires mould specialist for vehicle/specialty tyres

Continental acquires mould specialist for vehicle/specialty tyresGerman tyre firm Continental has acquired the mould manufacturing specialist EMT Púchov s.r.o. based in Slovakia. All shares of Continental’s long-standing supplier were transferred to Continental effective April 2, 2024. The tyre manufacturer had entered into a respective agreement with EMT’s shareholders, Dynamic Design (Romania) being the majority shareholder.

All 107 employees, who have specialist knowledge in mould manufacturing, have been taken on by Continental. Further details of the agreement were not disclosed.

EMT is a manufacturer of special tyre moulds, especially for commercial vehicle and specialty tyres. The company specialises in the milling of moulds made of steel. With the acquisition of EMT, Continental completes its internal portfolio for mould making technologies.

From now on, the tyre manufacturer can independently produce tyre moulds for all applications if required. A first major step in this direction was the takeover of German mould manufacturer A-Z Formen in 2015 and Czech mould specialist VFC in 1993. Both companies specialise in producing moulds for passenger car tyres.

Moulds are used in tyre construction as part of the vulcanisation of tyres. In this production step, raw rubber is converted into a flexible and elastic rubber. With the help of moulds, a tyre gets its desired stability and shape.