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Continental tyres help church make smart move

When the villagers of Heuersdorf in Germany faced a 12km move to the nearby town of Borna, they didn't even leave the village church behind, let alone the kitchen sink.

The village's 700 tonne, solid-stone Emmaus Church – which had been standing for over 700 years – was moved to Borna on a special transport vehicle, using 160 Continental IC40 Extra Deep industrial pneumatic tyres.

The complex project, involving high-precision manoeuvring into the centre of Borna, was made possible by individually-steered wheel axles which could support a 40 tonne weight and turn 360° while stationary. Continental's IC40 Extra Deep tyres were selected in a special 355/65-15 size so that they could withstand the enormous forces necessary. These super-strong tyres are specifically-designed for heavy duty tasks – their ultra-stiff design offers minimum lateral flexing for increased stability, which means they can support extremely heavy loads with no swaying.

The slow and painstaking journey took the Church over two rivers and a level crossing and attracted thousands of people who turned out for the special farewell.

With annual sales of more than €25 billion in 2006, the Continental Corporation is one of the top five automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of tyres, brake systems, systems and components for the powertrain and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics and technical elastomers, the corporation contributes towards enhanced driving safety and protection of the global climate. Today, the corporation employs approximately 150,000 people at nearly 200 locations in 36 countries.

The tyre business unit is an Official Sponsor of UEFA EURO 2008TM. For further information visit the websites www.conti-online.co.uk and www.ContiFanWorld.com

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