Continental’s has announced Agro ContiSeal, a new polymer that seals punctures to allow the vehicle to continue operating. This new technology has been awarded a silver Innovation Award by the DLG as part of the Agritechnica Innovation Awards 2022.
The patented polymer is applied to the inside of the tyre immediately seals any puncture caused by a foreign object. Benjamin Hübner, product line manager of agricultural tyres for Continental Commercial Specialty Tyres said: “A puncture can be very costly when it does occur. Agro ContiSeal enables the vehicle to continue working even after a puncture from an object up to 12mm in diameter. This will save those who choose Continental tyres with ContiSeal time and money, whilst also offering peace of mind throughout the year. We are very happy that the DLG awarded our technology.”
The polymer covers the puncture and prevents loss of pressure. It is still in development at present ahead of a commercial launch in the future. Mr Hübner noted that the increase in zero and minimum tillage can represent a higher risk to tyres due to the residual stubble. “Agro ContiSeal will offer a way to operate more reliably in stubble fields and will offer confidence to those looking to improve soil health by practising minimum tillage methods,” he concluded.
According to the company, the ContiSeal technology sees Continental transferring its expertise from the automotive industry to the agricultural industry. Agriculture is a key part of the company’s strategy programme Vision 2030.