Leading automotive supplier continues marketing strategy for passenger and light truck tires:

05/20/2008 Continental AG becomes Official Sponsor and exclusive tire partner of 2010 FIFA World Cup South AfricaTM

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Hanover/Zurich, 20 May 2008. International automotive supplier Continental AG is continuing its long-term marketing strategy for its premium tire brand Continental and has been named an Official Sponsor of the 2010 FIFA World CupTM in South Africa in the tires product category. Continental also has an option to extend its sponsorship until the 2014 FIFA World CupTM in Brazil.

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"This top sponsoring deal continues the strategy we have been following since 1995 for our premium tire brand Continental and continues our focus on football as a central communication platform for increasing brand awareness in our core markets over the next three years," explained Continental`s Executive Board Member Dr Alan Hippe who is in charge of the Division Passenger and Light Truck Tires today in Zurich. Thanks to exclusive sponsorship deals for the Champions League (1995 – 2000), the 2006 FIFA World CupTM (2003 – 2006) and the UEFA EURO 2008 (2006 - 2008) the automotive supplier has continuously increased the brand awareness of premium tire brand Continental in key markets.

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Dr. Alan Hippe while explaining Continental`s targets for the sponsorship of 2010 FIFA World Cup.


Here you can view or download a statement from Dr. Alan Hippe.

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In 2007, Continental became the market leader for passenger and light truck tires in the European OEM market with a market share of over 30% and has also held the top spot for winter and tuning tires for many years. Since acquiring a majority interest in the tire business of Slovakian Continental Matador Rubber s.r.o. in November 2007, the company has for the first time become the overall European market leader for passenger and light truck tires with a market share of over 21%.

"We are certain that we can still significantly increase brand awareness, particularly in the growth regions outside of Western and Central Europe. With the help of our sponsorship of the 2010 FIFA World Cup we want Continental to become one of the top three premium replacement tire brands in Eastern Europe, Russia, Asia and South America in the long term. And we want to achieve this more rapidly than would be possible with traditional advertising," comments Dr Hippe.

"Of course, our extremely positive experiences of the 2006 FIFA World Cup were an important factor in our decision to sponsor the 2010 FIFA World Cup," explains Dr Hippe. The facts speak for themselves: FIFA World Cup tournaments are by far the most eye-catching sports competitions worldwide.

The 2006 FIFA World Cup attracted a total of more than 26 billion live TV viewers and also reached record levels on its official website with more than four billion page views. "Football and the tire business are very similar as both disciplines require technique, precision, passion and teamwork," believes Dr Hippe.

Continental has acquired the rights to market sponsorship of the 2010 FIFA World CupTM worldwide and will use this to link product communication with sponsorship. In addition, Continental has once again received a sizeable ticket contingent and premium hospitality, which has become an important cornerstone in its activation strategy.

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“It is great to be able to welcome Continental back into the FIFA World Cup Sponsor family. Continental has been an active supporter of the game of football for many years. It is a big advantage for all those involved in the event to have such prestigious global partners on board, underlining the confidence of leading blue-chip companies in the first African World Cup.

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FIFA president Joseph S. Blatter welcoming Continental as an Official Sponsor of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

We look forward to a close and fruitful relationship on our joint path towards the 2010 FIFA World Cup,” commented the FIFA President.

In addition to the main aim of increasing awareness of the premium tire brand internationally, Dr Hippe explains that the Hannover-based technology company has other marketing strategies up its sleeve:

  • To charge the image of premium brand Continental with greater emotion through its association with worldwide professional football,
  • to differentiate the brand from its competitors through product exclusivity and
  • to involve football sponsorship closely in business customer relations.

The passenger and light truck tires division of Continental AG is already working on communication ideas for the premium tire brand Continental up until the 2010 FIFA Word CupTM and will start to implement these after UEFA EURO 2008. The tire manufacturer also holds the leading market position in South Africa's replacement sector with a market share of more than 20% of tires that are produced locally. In Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Continental operates a factory for passenger and light truck tires, which employs 1,600 staff and produced and sold around 2.6 million OEM and replacement tires in 2007. Continental runs a factory for MPV tires, also in Port Elizabeth, which meets demand south of the Sahara as well as demand in countries hosting the 2010 FIFA World CupTM .

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In the run-up to the 2010 FIFA World CupTM, Continental is planning to carry out numerous ticket promotion campaigns that will allow business customers and end customers alike to enjoy the games. Continental's website www.ContiSoccerWorld.com provides details of all of its campaigns for UEFA EURO 2008 and all other football activities. Information about the 2010 FIFA World Cup can be found on the official website www.FIFA.com.

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FIFA president Joseph S. Blatter and Dr. Alan Hippe after signing a symbolic agreement.

With annual sales of more than €25 billion (based on 2006 figures), the Continental Corporation is one of the top five automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of tires, brake systems, powertrain and chassis systems and components, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics and technical elastomers, the corporation contributes to enhanced driving safety and protection of the global climate. Continental is also a competent partner in networked automobile communication. The corporation currently employs approximately 150,000 people at more than 200 locations in 36 countries.


Continental’s tyre divisions are an official sponsor of UEFA EURO 2008TM and, as from today, the Official Sponsor of the 2010 FIFA World CupTM. Further information is available at www.ContiSoccerWorld.de, and www.conti-online.com.

Contact:
Alexander Lührs
Head of PR – PLT Tires
Continental AG
Büttnerstr. 25
D-30165 Hanover, Germany
Phone: +49 511 938-2615
Fax: +49 511 938-2455
E-mail: alexander.luehrs@conti.de
www.conti-online.com
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