- Relationship with local distributor set to span fifteen years
Middle East, December 8th, 2019 – Continental, the premium German tyre and automotive technology company, has reappointed Emirates for Universal Tyres (EUT) as the sole distributor for Continental in the UAE, extending the partnership until 31st December 2023. The agreement highlights Continental’s expanding commitment to the region and will see the partnership through to its 15th year.
The new contract was inked at a signing ceremony in Abu Dhabi by Karel Kucera, Managing Director of Continental Middle East and Khalifa Abdulla Al Masaood, Director of the Abdulla Al Masaood & Sons Group, the parent company of EUT. The ceremony was also attended by Jon Ander Garcia, Regional Manager for Middle East & Africa and Shaun Smith, General Manager at Emirates for Universal Tyres.
The signing of the new agreement is the latest in a series of developments that have seen the German brand significantly enhance its support for customers across the UAE and Middle East. Earlier this year Continental opened a new parts warehouse in Jebel Ali, allowing smoother supply of passenger car and commercial tyres to retailers . This followed last year’s successful launch of the new Generation 6 range of tyres, which have been developed specifically for the region.
Commenting on the renewed agreement, Karel Kucera, Managing Director of Continental Middle East, said: “We are very pleased to be continuing our agreement with EUT who have been a key partner of ours in the Middle East now for the last 10 years. They have been with us at key moments during our growth over those years. Most recently that includes things such as our groundbreaking sponsorship of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in the UAE as well as the development and launch of the regionally-tailored Generation 6 tyre range. I am confident that we will continue doing great things together in the UAE.”
During its decade-long tenure as distributor for Continental, EUT, which forms part of Abu Dhabi-based Abdullah Al Massood & Sons Group, has opened two fully-owned showrooms and four state-of-the-art service centres and warehousing facilities, providing top quality products and services to Continental’s end consumers. In addition to this, the distributor has also supplied Continental products and training to 200 independent retailers across the Emirates, equipping hundreds of thousands of vehicles from supercars and SUVs to commercial trucks and heavy-duty fork lifts.
Shaun Smith, commented: “We are proud to be a part of the Continental family and to have contributed to the growth of the brand in the UAE over the years. We helped launch the brand in the region and have equipped thousands of vehicles with premium Continental tyres that have, in turn, supported a safer driving environment in the Emirates. To be able to go on doing this fundamentally important task is an honour and we look forward to growing the Continental brand further.”