Continental developers

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Continental Expands Automated Driving Tests on the Autobahn

  • The technology company Continental is expanding its global test drives for highly and fully automated driving – in Lower Saxony as well.
  • The focus of development remains the production readiness of highly automated driving
  • Tests on the autobahn are rounded off with system tests in an urban setting

Hanover, April 26, 2018. The technology company Continental is expanding its global development activities for the safe launch of automated driving. The engineers are now also testing their test vehicles on autobahns in Lower Saxony. The developers test the systems of the test vehicles under real traffic conditions on Germany's autobahns. The prototypes are always monitored and operated by a development expert in the driver's seat. Continental develops sensors, vehicle computers, operating systems, and software for automated driving, particularly in Japan, China, the U.S.A., and Germany.

“As a technology company, we want to increase acceptance of automated driving. This means that, on the road to production readiness, we constantly put our systems to the acid test, investigating everything from the bit to the byte, from the lens to the chip,” declares Ralph Lauxmann, head of Systems & Technology in the Chassis & Safety division. “Automated driving will not only help car drivers save time. It will also lead to greater safety in road traffic and will reduce emissions. This is why we are working on all forms of automated and autonomous driving – on the autobahn, in the city, and when parking.”

Automated driving will lead to greater safety in road traffic. © Continental AG

Autobahn, city, and parking – tripartite technology development

In addition to the production readiness of highly automated driving, Continental is also working on fully automated driving on the autobahn by 2025. Highly automated autobahn driving, in and of itself, is designed to allow car drivers to temporarily focus their minds on activities other than driving. With fully automated driving, this should be possible for sections of the route without the driver having to act as a fallback mode at all. Continental also believes in autonomous driving. With its test platform Continental Urban Mobility Experience, the technology company tests systems for driverless robo‑taxis in the city. Automated and autonomous parking is also being developed to be ready for production. The goal is seamless, automated mobility without accidents.

The prototypes are always monitored and operated by a development expert in the driver's seat. © Continental AG

Next exit: highway

In the future, Lower Saxony will be particularly suitable as a test field for the test drives of the test vehicle Cruising Chauffeur. The planned routes include not only sections of the autobahn but also highways and routes through the city for subsequent test intervals. Having concentrated on automated driving on the autobahn in recent years, Continental is now embarking on the next step in the medium term: the rather more complex highway. “On highways, our systems have to cope with traffic that crosses the vehicle's path, the vastly differing edges, and, just like in the city, with pedestrians and cyclists. This places high demands on our systems,” says Lauxmann as he explains the requirements the technology must meet.

The Continental developers test the systems of the test vehicles under real traffic conditions on Germany's autobahns. © Continental AG

Every test drive with a test engineer

Test engineers play a decisive role in all Continental tests. After the systems and algorithms have proven their function in intensive simulations on the basis of large amounts of data in advance of recorded road situations, the hardware and software is installed in the test vehicles. The test engineer then steps in. He checks the basic function and initially tests the functions in Continental’s test environments, and then on public roads. “Our tests always cover interaction between different elements: environmental detection, system architecture, interconnectivity, human-machine dialog, actuators, driving function and behavior in the event of a fault. Everything must be coordinated with everything else – under all conceivable external conditions. After all, this is what creates acceptance for the new technology,” declares Oliver Fochler, a test engineer at Continental. The field of assisted and automated driving is growing rapidly at Continental.

Sensor fusion sees more than any human being

It is not only its sensitive user guidance that makes the Cruising Chauffeur popular with the user. This user guidance can also detect whether the driver could resume driving in good time if necessary. The Cruising Chauffeur also sees a lot more in road traffic than today's drivers and passengers. Continental recommends to its customers a combination of camera, radar, and lidar sensors for the best possible reliability by day and night, in rain or fog. The vehicle electronics combines the pictures that have been taken separately and the data to create what is known as an environment model. This means that, even in the event of heavy backlight, vehicles in front and road markings are recognized, or construction site cordons in fog, for example.


Enno Pigge

Enno Pigge Spokesman, Innovation & Technology Phone: +49 511 938-1622 E-mail:

Sören Pinkow

Sören Pinkow External Communications Division Chassis & Safety Phone: +49 69 7603-8492 E-mail:

Exhaust Aftertreatment
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Continental Solutions Deliver Seamless Emissions Robustness With Low Fuel Consumption

39th International Vienna Motor Symposium

  • Continental develops components, electronics, software and development tools to further improve the emissions performance of vehicle powertrains
  • Technologies and control strategies are designed to ensure that vehicle emissions are standard-compliant under all operating conditions
  • Highlights include the new XL5 injector, a Gasoline Particulate Filter (GPF), an Active Purge Pump (APP) and a heated catalyst (EMICAT) with a wide range of applications 

Regensburg/Vienna, April 25, 2018. At the 39th International Vienna Motor Symposium (April 26/27) technology company Continental will be presenting its latest advances in the field of emissions control. The focus is on system solutions for enhanced combustion and aftertreatment control. The main challenge here is that, under real-world driving conditions, the effectiveness of emissions reduction measures is influenced by a wide range of different factors. These include temperature, acceleration style, route topography and fuel composition, all of which have a huge impact on exhaust gas composition. To ensure seamless emissions robustness in all operating situations, strategies must be found to compensate for these different variables. Continental is successfully developing suitable solutions and will be presenting selected results in Vienna. Two main trends can be seen here. The first is that in many cases the same strategies can be used in both diesel and gasoline engines. For example, a particulate filter and filter regeneration system may now be required not only for diesel engines but for gasoline engines too. For gasoline applications Continental has developed a solution that offers low filter back pressure. The second trend is toward leveraging the potential of powertrain hybridization to deliver further improvements in emissions performance.

“Our goal is to ensure robust performance in all situations,” says José Avila, Member of the Executive Board of Continental and Head of the Powertrain Division. “This is why our flexible system strategies cover the full spectrum – from engine optimization to sensor systems and exhaust aftertreatment. This is the only way to ensure that vehicles comply with emissions limits under all real-world driving conditions. This is what we mean by seamless emissions robustness.”

More flexible strategies for consistently low emissions

Ensuring seamless emissions compliance means catering for all potential operating conditions, from cold starts to full load. “For example, it makes a huge difference to engine-out emissions whether drivers are heading uphill or downhill at the start of their journey,” says Rolf Brück, Head of the Catalysts & Filters product line in the Fuel & Exhaust Management Business Unit. “Differences like these – between a low-load start or a high-load uphill start – can be compensated with the help of an electrically heated catalyst. This ensures that emissions control begins promptly regardless of wide variations in exhaust gas composition.” In addition to the individual driver and route, factors whose impact on emissions is easily underestimated also include fuel quality. “Our tests have shown that in Western Europe alone, variations in gasoline fuel quality can affect engine-out particulate emissions by a factor of up to 3,” Brück notes. The overall system comprising engine and exhaust aftertreatment must be specifically designed to cater for such variations. In the future, emissions performance will also be affected by use of synthetic carbon-neutral additives such as OMEs (oxymethylene ethers) in diesel fuels. “This makes fuel composition sensing an increasingly important precondition for seamless emissions robustness – which is something we’re working on.”

As Continental’s diesel engine rig tests demonstrate, it is possible to harness the electrical power of a 48V hybrid powertrain to manage differences in temperature and speed profiles. Using electrical power to avoid torque peaks in the internal combustion engine reduces both fuel consumption and NOx emissions. Both parameters can be optimized by electrification of the drive train.

Continental has helped to lower engine-out emissions with its XL5 injector, which reduces manifold-wall fuel condensation during cold-starting. © Continental AG

“Only by focusing on the complete picture – from the engine and the exhaust aftertreatment system, including sensors and their placement, to the development methodologies themselves – it is possible to develop a vehicle that is emissions-robust in all situations,” says Brück. “New development tools hold the key to early-stage testing based on Real Driving Emissions cycles – which is the only way to design the overall system to cover all contingencies right from the start.”

Reduces particle number (PN) of a gasoline car. Challenge: Increased requirements due to the latest legislation WLTP/RDE by extension of the temperature limit down to -7 °C. © Continental AG

Turning to gasoline engines, one way Continental has helped to lower engine-out emissions is with its XL5 injector, which reduces manifold-wall fuel condensation during cold-starting. Nevertheless, even engines with such a highly efficient combustion process still produce particulate emissions, which is why more and more gasoline-engined vehicles now feature a Gasoline Particulate Filter (GPF). When the particulate load in the GPF exceeds a given level, the filter must be regenerated. Continental has improved filter regeneration in two ways. Firstly, the Continental GPF offers much higher filtration efficiency despite its low back pressure, with the ability to outperform the particle size threshold of 23 nm defined by current legislation. Secondly, thanks to smart connectivity, the evaporated fuel which is collected in the tank in order to minimize hydrocarbon (HC) evaporation emissions can also be used for GPF regeneration. “This is achieved with the help of our Active Purge Pump (APP), which frequently flushes the active carbon filter in hybrid applications as well, and simultaneously determines the HC content of the purged air. The quantity of fuel injected can then be rapidly reduced while still maintaining correct lambda control,” says Dr. Gerd Rösel, Head of Systems Development in Continental’s Engine Systems Business Unit.

Advantage: fast pressure set-up of the APP realizes faster fuel evaporation. That means: less HC emissions and a CO2/NOx optimized GPF (Gasoline Partikel Filter) regeneration © Continental AG

Continental explains how fuel consumption and exhaust emissions are measured - bases on driving cycles. © Continental AG


Simone Geldhäuser

Simone Geldhäuser Press Spokesperson Powertrain Division Continental Phone: +49 941 790-61302 Fax: +49 941 790-9961302 E-mail:

distribution center

New cutting-edge distribution center for drive belts and surface materials in Langenhagen: The first goods are set to be delivered from here to customers across Europe at the end of 2018.

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Continental: Groundbreaking Ceremony for Distribution Center in Langenhagen

  • Investment of €50 million in the site near Hanover airport
  • Clear commitment to the Hanover region
  • Langenhagen’s mayor supports the move

Hanover, April 23, 2018. Groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a cutting-edge Continental distribution center near Hanover airport. Representatives from the world of politics, construction companies, Continental and the project developer cleared the way for the new €50 million project in March. From this distribution center, drive belts and surface materials for the automotive industry will be sent all across Europe.

Over the course of the year, Bertram Projektmanagement GmbH will invest around €40 million into the state-of-the-art building and outdoor areas of the approximately 80,000 m2 site on the corner of Münchner Strasse and Schwabenstrasse. Continental is also investing more than €10 million in machinery and equipment.

Spatenstich für ein hochmodernes Distributionszentrum für Antriebsriemen und Oberflächenmaterialien in Langenhagen (v. l.): Hilmar Albrecht, Bauunternehmen Goldbeck GmbH, Benjamin Bertram, Bertram Projektmanagement GmbH, Mirko Heuer, Bürgermeister Langenhagen, Philip Nelles, Leiter des Continental-Standorts Hannover-Vahrenwald, Stefan Lejeune, Architekturbüro architekten allianz – lejeune & pflüger GmbH. © Continental

“We are seeing increasing growth in the automotive original equipment and replacement business, so we need to further expand our existing infrastructure. The conditions at our site in Vahrenwald are no longer adequate to meet future requirements. The state-of-the-art distribution center in Langenhagen offers everything we need to ensure that we are optimally equipped to manage the dynamic vehicle parts business,” says Philip Nelles, head of the Hanover-Vahrenwald site. What’s more, surface materials from the technology company that are installed in vehicle interiors will be stored in and dispatched from the building. The cross-divisional distribution center will make processes even more efficient. Nelles describes the consolidation of this new distribution center as a “clear commitment to the Hanover region.”

Langenhagen’s Mayor Mirko Heuer: “With the planned business park, Bertram Projektmanagement GmbH is creating a cutting-edge distribution center – complete with an administrative building – that meets the specific requirements of future global distribution operations. I am delighted that with Continental as a cooperation partner, another globally successful company has chosen the business location of Langenhagen, creating a wide range of jobs at the new site and, thanks to its commitment, further consolidating the attractiveness of Langenhagen for the automotive sector, which has huge growth potential.”

“Property in Langenhagen is made for Continental. It not only leaves open future potential for expansion, but also offers excellent connections to national and international markets,” explains Benjamin Bertram, managing director of the Hanover-based project and property development company, which is working on the project together with the Lübeck-based architecture firm architekten allianz – lejeune & pflüger GmbH.

By the end of 2018, the building complex covering 34,000 m2, with around 20,000 spaces for pallets and a fully automated small parts warehouse will be ready for service. This will help to make working procedures even more efficient. “The new distribution center will reduce the number of truck journeys undertaken every year by around 5,000, reducing nitrogen oxide pollution in the centers of both Hanover and Langenhagen. It will also improve safety on the approach roads to our production site in Vahrenwald,” explains Nelles.

One benefit that is also welcomed by Hanover’s Mayor Stefan Schostok: “The approach that Continental is taking is exactly right and fits in perfectly with our strategy. If truck journeys can be coordinated effectively so that half-full cargo and empty runs are avoided, this is an enormous relief for everyone. The challenge of reducing emissions in traffic requires intelligent, coordinated concepts and the commitment of all companies and individuals in Hanover. We are tackling this issue on many fronts. I therefore welcome Continental’s investment.”

The logistics for surface materials will initially start at the end of 2018 and for drive belts at the start of 2019. In the future, around 160 jobs – to be filled internally by Continental – will be based at the new site.


Jochen Vennemann

Jochen Vennemann Manager External Communications ContiTech Phone: +49 511 938-18024 E-mail:

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Conti Professional Simplifies Design of Belt Drives

Hannover Messe 2018

  • In “Conti Professional”, Continental offers a design program for two- and multi-pulley drives. The web-based application can be run in a browser to calculate drives using open-ended or endless belts, with the number of pulleys user-definable between two and 20. So much for the theory – but how does Conti Professional work in practice?

After logging in, the user can call up stored calculations or create a new project. © Continental AG

To answer that question, an oil pump drive will be designed by way of an example with the aid of Conti Professional. “The data used has been selected to clearly illustrate the working process with the software,” says Marcel Vogel, an application engineer who played a key role in the development of the software. He is also responsible for continuing development and the addition of new features.

Create a new project

After the mandatory registration and login, the user is shown a dashboard. In the project overview, s/he can call up stored calculations. Clicking on “Create Project” opens a dialog box in which the user can enter the project name, company name and notes on the drive to be designed. S/he can also define the project variant, for example if the drive is to be designed in various output classes.

After selecting the belt, the user can specify the geometry data of the drive to be designed. © Continental AG

Once this data has been saved, a project editor opens in the browser. Under “Type of System”, the user first specifies whether the drive is to use open-ended or endless belts. Next, various parameters can be defined under “Belt Selection”, as a result of which the selection is gradually narrowed down. If, for instance, the user selects “Timing belt” under “Belt nature” and “Double-sided profile section” as the property required for the oil pump drive, s/he can choose from three belt types. Since the oil pump is to be particularly powerful, the user opts for the Synchrotwin CXP, the most powerful double-sided rubber timing belt in the product range. The software then adds the tooth profile DHTD and the pitch D8M.

Calculate and visualize

Once the belt has been selected, the user can input the oil pump drive’s geometry data into Conti Professional, ranging from the number of pulleys to the position of the belt tensioner through to the data for the individual pulleys. In our example, the drive to be designed is to have three pulleys, with the first acting as the drive shaft, the other two as output shafts. 

In the next step, the user specifies the x- and y-coordinates of the pulleys, the pulley types (depending on the belt: toothed, V or flat), the rotational direction (clockwise or counterclockwise), the number of teeth and the speed of the drive shaft. The following are input:





No. of teeth

External diameter

Rotational direction

0 (drive shaft)



1,500 rpm




1 (output shaft)

300 mm

50 mm





(output shaft)

200 mm

50 mm





Note: The back of the belt runs over the second output shaft; accordingly, this rotates clockwise rather than counterclockwise.

In addition to calculating drives, Conti Professional also visualizes them. If the pulley data is changed via Drag & Drop, the geometry data is automatically updated. © Continental AG

Based on this geometry data, Conti Professional calculates that the required belt has to have a length of 1014.63 mm. At the same time, the software issues an error message: Since the Synchrotwin CXP has a tooth pitch of 8 mm, the belt length must be divisible by 8. To complete the successful design of the oil pump drive, however, the user can assign a tension take-up range to the drive shaft which, in this case, is also operating as the tension pulley. If a tolerance of 30 mm in both positive and negative directions on the x- and y-axes is allowed and Conti Professional then calculates the tension pulley algorithm, the resulting belt length is 960 mm – a standard size in Continental’s product range. “That would be an ideal solution in this case because using belts from the standard range saves costs while at the same time ensuring a high level of availability,” says Vogel.

In addition to calculating the drive, the software can also visualize it. If required, the user can change the pulley position in the visualization via Drag & Drop, after which the geometry data is automatically updated.

Determine performance data

The user can now specify the output data for the oil pump drive. The two drive shafts are known to have a torque of 35 Nm acting on them. Conti Professional calculates all the other data on power outputs, torques and effective pulls and automatically adds it. 


P (power output)

Md (torque)

Fu (effective pull)

0 (drive shaft)

22.00 kW

140.00 Nm

1832 N

1 (output shaft)

11.00 kW

35.00 Nm

916 N

2 (output shaft)

11.00 kW

35.00 Nm

916 N

Note: The output shaft torque is the only figure specified by the user. All the other performance data is calculated and added by Conti Professional.

The user then has to input the service factor and the operating conditions. A medium load is to be expected with an oil pump drive. The other user-definable operating conditions are constant load, frequent load changes and high impact loads. The drive shaft torque at 140 Nm is the drive’s operating point at the same time. The belt has to be capable of permanently withstanding this torque. By specifying 1.6, the user has opted for a relatively high service factor, which has a positive impact on the belt’s operational reliability.

Result in detail

The user can now have an interim result displayed which shows the belt width, overall service factor, effective pull, strand force, initial tension and overall power rating of the system. The energy cost calculator could be used to allow the user to compare the newly designed system with a previously used one and see the energy consumption, energy costs and annual savings.

The final report shows all the belt, geometry, output and strand data (the latter cannot be seen in this image). © Continental AG


In the final report, the user is given a detailed overview of the design of the oil pump drive in which the data from the preceding steps is summarized – from the belt to the pulley and system geometry through to the tension check. The drive is also visualized again. “Conti Professional can also export the final report as a PDF file and generate a data sheet for the belt used,” says Vogel. “These documents can be downloaded so that they can, for example, be forwarded to a customer. The project data, on the other hand, is stored in the software. The user can access it at any time and even share it with other registered users.” 

Conti Professional therefore offers a wide range of functions and also the capability of designing almost the entire Continental belt portfolio. The software is available in ten languages and is distributed throughout the world. “Conti Professional is a very powerful tool with intuitive operation,” says the application engineer. “Some 3,500 users from almost 90 countries are already using Conti Professional. We hope to see that number grow further still – because we’re continually incorporating new features to make it even more useful to our customers.”


Jochen Vennemann

Jochen Vennemann Manager External Communications ContiTech Phone: +49 511 938-18024 E-mail:

parcel centers

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Continental Supplies System Solutions for Smooth Goods Turnover

Hannover Messe 2018

  • Booming online business: Continental products are an indispensable part of its logistics centers
  • They range from conveyor belts and timing belts for automated storage and retrieval systems through to lines, power transmission technology and vibration dampers in forklift trucks
  • Special solutions specifically tailored to the relevant requirements

Hanover, April 23, 2018. The boom in the online and mail-order sector is generating intense activity in parcel centers worldwide. This year will once again see more parcels dispatched to customers than in previous years. This is because customers are increasingly turning to the Internet when ordering products. Discount campaigns such as Black Friday promotions are also boosting sales. In Germany alone, half a million more parcels were dispatched to customers in 2017 than in the previous year. Continental supplies a whole range of products designed to ensure that, despite this increased demand, everything continues to run smoothly at transshipment centers – from conveyor belts and timing belts for automated storage and retrieval systems through to lines, power transmission technology and vibration dampers in forklift trucks.

Reliable Transportation from A to B

Just like when they arrive, the goods also need leave the logistics center through the rolling gate when dispatched. Timing belts from Continental ensure that the gates open and close quickly and quietly.

In the industrial trucks, too, which move all the goods from A to B, Continental belts play an important role: Timing belts and flat belts made from polyurethane with highly resilient reinforcement provide space-saving and virtually silent drive solutions for lift masts. A wide range of other specific components from Continental are an indispensable part of modern industrial trucks – from hose lines and line systems through to suspension technology, much of this in the form of special solutions tailored specifically to the relevant requirements.

Compact hydraulic hoses for high-pressure applications in lifting gear and hydraulic hoses for hydrostatic propulsion can be found in industrial trucks, as can plastic twin hoses that control the lift mast. A space-saving plug-in system is used to ensure quick fitting of these lines. Electrically conductive fuel hoses help to prevent ignition thanks to highly conductive internal mixtures and prevent the risk of an electrical breakdown caused by charging when the line is energized.

With its Schwingmetall range, Continental also offers state-of-the-art suspension technology for axles, cabs, engines and aggregates from a single source – from rubber/metal mounts for noise decoupling through to suspension elements for maximum comfort.

Together with leading forklift truck manufacturers, technology company Continental is developing trendsetting solutions for material transport as well as special solutions tailored to the requirements of the application in question. © Continental AG

Flying High

Once at the storage rack, automated storage and retrieval systems lift the goods up to lofty heights. A technology that was codeveloped by Continental for the lift drive minimizes wear and maintenance and optimizes positioning times, enabling goods to be positioned quickly and precisely in high-rise racking stores. The key component is a durable, low-maintenance Synchrodrive timing belt that does not require any lubrication. The advanced Synchrodrive HTD 20M belt enables even greater pallet weights of up to five metric tons to be handled as well as greater acceleration and lifting heights of more than 30 meters.

The sorting systems, too, operate at full speed in the logistics centers. For these, Continental supplies lightweight conveyor belts, enabling packages to be transported safely from the warehouse to sorting. Packages also have to negotiate various diversions. Lightweight PVC conveyor belts are ideally suited to this. The technology in these belts ensures homogeneous processing and superior lane-keeping and departure functions as well as excellent splicing characteristics for a long service life.

In this way, Continental ensures that, even at peak times, the goods arrive with the customer safely and on time.


Antje Lewe

Antje Lewe Spokeswoman ContiTech Phone: +49 511 938-1304 Cell: +49 160 4767260 E-mail:

Jochen Vennemann

Jochen Vennemann Manager External Communications ContiTech Phone: +49 511 938-18024 E-mail:

top quality

© Fredric Alm

24/7 Smart Service for the Toughest Mining Conditions

Hannover Messe 2018

  • ContiTech is taking an unusual service approach in the world’s largest underground iron ore mine in Kiruna, Sweden

Hanover, April 23, 2018. Kiruna is situated north of the Arctic Circle and is roughly a 15-hour train ride away from Stockholm. It is Sweden’s northernmost town and arose as a settlement for the mine of the same name. Here, in the world’s largest underground iron ore mine, for around 120 years government-owned mining company LKAB (Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara Aktiebolag) has been extracting some 27 million metric tons a year of the sought-after raw material. The Guardian once reported that this amount could be used to build six Eiffel Towers a day1. And most constructors in Europe using iron ore opt for the superior-quality Kiruna magnetite, which has an iron content of 60 to 70 percent. But LKAB also exports the material to markets all over the world. The crude ore in Kiruna is used to manufacture 15 million metric tons of finished products, and the material is mostly shipped in the form of pellets. The Swedish Ore Railway is used to transport it to the ports of Luleå and Narvik in Norway. At the loading station the trains tip out their freight, where conveyor belts either transport it to stockpiles or directly to the ships.

Kiruna uses conveyor belts from ContiTech to ensure that the ore is conveyed from depths of up to 1,365 meters safely to its destination. The company also uses ContiTech technology in Narvik as well as at LKAB’s third-largest site, Gruvberget open-pit mine in the Svappavaara ore field. In a complex operating setting like a mine, conveyor are used to supplement key equipment such as mills, furnaces or pelletizing plants. Just like blood vessels in the human body, they keep the whole mining process running. Conveyor belts are used for anything that needs to be transported quickly and continuously. In harsh working conditions, they cope with huge height differences and considerable distances.

In Kiruna, there are around 350 individual conveyor systems making up a 21-kilometer-long conveyor. This is the same distance as a half marathon – the difference being that this equipment runs around the clock. And that’s not the only ultimate sporting performance. These conveyor belts transport 90 million metric tons of material a year. If a belt breaks down as a result of damage, this can result in an extended period of downtime for the facility. By the same token, if the entire production chain collapses this can engender considerable sales losses for the operators.

Everywhere where top quality and reliability are important, where service and smart solutions are required, ContiTech is there. © Fredric Alm

Win-win situation for all contractual partners

A special service agreement, which was signed between LKAB and the service provider Vertech AB in close collaboration with ContiTech, is helping to remedy this situation. It ensures that all the conveyor belts at the site are functional at all times. This requires the presence of experts at the site day and night, seven days a week, to rectify any damage as quickly as possible. “Our conveyor belts are extremely hard-wearing, but there are of course instances where a defective belt piece needs replacing. Which is why we stock the relevant replacement parts in Kiruna. Every belt type is available in any required length, width, fabric and strength class. The longest belt sections in stock are 600 meters long. It would take weeks for us to first produce the belt and then ship it to the far north,” explains Daniel Grimes from ContiTech. Vertech supplies the fitters, ContiTech supplies the replacement belts and LKAB pays in öre, which is one-hundredth the value of the krona, per metric ton transported. The balance is settled at the end of the year. The three contracting parties then share any profits or losses. In this way, the service agreement benefits all sides and acts as an incentive for failure-free operations.

Inside the ship loaders, conveyor belts transport bulk cargo from land to ship. © Fredric Alm

Partnership based on trust

It was ContiTech who engineered this unusual service agreement which requires exceptional trust-based, transparent and close cooperation between all parties involved. ContiTech conveyor belts have been in use at LKAB plants since the early 1990s. The first service agreement was concluded in 2001 and has proven to be a worthwhile undertaking to this day.

For LKAB, the agreement provides additional advantages as it gives the company a much better overview of the costs. A budget was created as of the agreement start date. This factored in the value of the belts, the installation costs, the site labor costs and the stockholding costs. The calculation also takes into account the theoretical average service life of the belts. If a belt fails prematurely, absolute transparency is required. Has the belt simply worn out before its time or were the pellets too hot and not cooled down properly? In cases of system failure, the contract partners do all in their power to get to the root of the problem. Is there room for improvement on the maintenance front or is the damage to the belt all part and parcel of the usual stresses of operation? Sometimes there are discussions. But so far an agreement as always been reached. This requires a willingness to compromise, trust and the desire to find a solution. At the end of the day, the contract partners are all pursuing the same goal: smooth running of the belts. This is absolutely critical for cost efficiency. Accurate records are also kept. Once every six months, LKAB, ContiTech and Vertech go through all the data and review performance. Where do we stand? Where could we improve training for the service technicians further? How do we fare on issues such as industrial safety and environmental protection? The contracting parties discuss these and many more issues as a team.

Fire safety: a must underground

Industrial safety is essential when it comes to mining. This was one more reason why LKAB opted for ContiTech conveyor belts. ContiTech supplies belts made of self-extinguishing material. This is absolutely critical underground because pit fires have always been one of the biggest risks for miners. Burning conveyor belts could result in a fire with devastating consequences. But this will not happen in Kiruna. In the event of a fire, the ContiTech belts are self-extinguishing, which means that the flames are unable to spread along the whole length of the conveyor belt.

Mine operators who use ContiTech solutions get much more than just a conveyor belt that is specially designed to meet their needs: “We provide our customers with everything from one source – from technical advice, extensive planning and engineer-driven development all the way through to manufacturing and delivery of conveyor belts and components. Installation, commissioning, maintenance and monitoring of the belt round off the whole package. This is all perfectly coordinated to achieve the best possible operation and highest level of customer benefit,” emphasizes Grimes.

With expert advice, round-the-clock support for emergencies and an extensive service offer that covers every special case, ContiTech meets requirements for the highest levels of quality, safety and flexibility. After all, it is all about deriving the maximum benefit for the customer.


Antje Lewe

Antje Lewe Spokeswoman ContiTech Phone: +49 511 938-1304 Cell: +49 160 4767260 E-mail:


Continental has been partnering with MasterLift for several years.

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Continental in Mexico: A strong partner for industrial tire dealer MasterLift

Hannover Messe 2018

  • Strong industrial players in Toluca Valley, Mexico, rely on Continental tires purchased at tire dealer MasterLift
  • Continental is an important employer in Mexico, this year’s partner country of Hannover Messe

Hanover, April 23, 2018. The demand for specialized vehicles such as forklifts has had a boom in recent years – throughout Europe but also in Mexico, this year’s partner country of Hannover Messe. A strong dealer for this demanding niche is MasterLift. The company is an authorized distributor of Continental México in the industrial tire segment. With a strong presence in the Valley of Toluca, it also offers integral services for forklift trucks.

“Toluca valley today is a strong industrial and commercial region with a high population density with most of the area urbanized”, explains César Rojo, General Director of MasterLift. “While mainly driven by agriculture and forestry in the first half of the 20th century, industrialization of the valley began in the 1940s, along with the neighboring Valley of México, accelerating in the 1950s and 1960s. Today, big companies and corporations such as Robert Bosch México, Johnson and Son or Federal Express have manufacturing facilities in the area – driving also the demand for industrial machinery, specialized tires and services.”

With the sales of spare parts, MasterLift started its business 13 years ago. A range of services and tires followed and the company soon became a multi-brand distributor. “However, when we had the opportunity to become a Continental dealer, we did not hesitate to raise our hand”, says Rojo. Ever since, the company has further expanded its business and built up a strong customer base. Today, tires represent 30 percent of their business, supplemented by spare parts, accessories, safety equipment, services and forklift rental. “The combination of personalized services as well as consulting and the performance of premium Continental tires has been the key to our success. Today, our customers specify Continental tires in their purchase orders. Technology and quality of the tires resulting in clearly visible cost-benefits are the main drivers of repeated purchases”, Rojo says.

Important regional employer

With a workforce numbering more than 24,000 in México, Continental is an important employer in the country, offering its staff a high degree of flexibility and development opportunities. Thanks to its state-of-the art technology, globally standardized production processes and a comprehensive quality management system, Continental ensures that the company can meet and exceed its customers’ performance and quality specifications.

Continental industrial tire portfolio at Hannover Messe

For the first time, Continental will showcase its latest products and developments from the tire segment at Hannover Messe instead of CeMat. Together with other technological highlights and intelligent key technologies from Continental, its tire portfolio and tire pressure management system for industrial applications will be on display in Hall 5, Stand E18 from April 23 to 27.


Anika Hannig

Anika Hannig Spokeswoman Commercial Specialty Tires Phone: +49 511 938-2533 Fax: +49 511 938-2570 E-mail:

digital tire monitoring platform ContiConnect

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ContiConnect: Digital tire monitoring for fleets along the industrial supply chain

Hannover Messe 2018

  • Recently launched ContiConnect showed at this year’s Hannover Messe
  • Digital tire monitoring system jointly developed by Continental Tires and Continental Engineering Services (CES)

Hanover, April 23, 2018. Innovative and interconnected services are the basis of future mobility – all along the industrial supply chain. And already today, eight out of ten companies use digital solutions to handle and transport goods. As part of its broad portfolio of digital solutions for the intralogistics sector, the technology company Continental is showing its recently launched digital tire monitoring platform ContiConnect at this year’s Hannover Messe. The successful launch of ContiConnect is yet another example of the close cross-divisional collaboration and knowledge transfer at Continental: The solution was developed in a cooperation of Continental Tires and the engineering service provider: Continental Engineering Services (CES) provided software and hardware parts of ContiConnect. The tire sensors are manufactured in the Continental Automotive plant in Toulouse.

As part of its broad portfolio of digital solutions for the intralogistics sector, the technology company Continental is showing its recently launched digital tire monitoring platform ContiConnect at this year´s Hannover Messe. © Continental AG


Tire sensor: Centrepiece of intelligence

With the help of a tire sensor, mounted on the inner liner of a tire, the solution helps fleets to maximize their efficiency and sends alerts if tire pressure deviates from the defined value. By providing this information the fleet benefits from a reduced number of breakdowns, lowers maintenance costs, and generates value by increasing the vehicle’s uptime. ContiConnect allows fleet managers to act proactively instead of fixing problems reactively not only for single vehicles but for entire fleets.

ContiConnect: Fleet solution

The data gathered by the sensor will be collected by a yard reader station as the vehicle passes by the receiver in the yard and sends the data to the backend where it is analyzed and interpreted. The yard reader station is installed at the fleet´s frequent touch points, like washing bay, gas station or other check-points.

The browser-based web portal offers various display options. It shows the history of the tire data and enables retrospective analyses. The web portal allows a remote monitoring of the entire fleet´s tire performance and puts control into the hands of the fleet managers.

ContiPressureCheck: Single vehicle system

Besides ContiConnect for fleets, Continental also offers ContiPressureCheck, a system for single vehicles. The ContiPressureCheck system displays the tire sensor’s data in the driver’s cabin or on the handheld tool and warns before a condition becomes critical. It can be integrated into third-party telematics solutions for 24/7 multiple vehicle monitoring, too. ContiPressureCheck has been in the market successfully for five years now and is available in 47 countries.


Anika Hannig

Anika Hannig Spokeswoman Commercial Specialty Tires Phone: +49 511 938-2533 Fax: +49 511 938-2570 E-mail:

Hermes Award
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THI and Continental in the Top 5 for Hermes Award 2018

  • Acknowledgment in the presence of the Federal Chancellor at the Hannover Messe on April 22

Ingolstadt, April 23, 2018   The Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI) and the technology company Continental have made it to the TOP 5 of the internationally renowned Hermes Award for technology with their joint research project for more vehicle safety. It is the only research collaboration between a university and a company that has been nominated for the globally recognized industry prize. At the opening event of the Hannover Messe 2018, the joint project for the new integral security system SAFE was acknowledged in the presence of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Cooperation: Automotive expertise transferable to industrial concerns

THI and Continental have been researching innovations in vehicle safety together for 13 years. With the SAFE research project, future developers are pursuing the goal of anticipating collisions before they occur, thereby gaining valuable, often crucial (milli)seconds in which safety systems can be activated well before impact. With SAFE, partners Continental and THI will help to reduce the number of road fatalities by around half in the long term, while the – long-term – potential in emerging markets and developing countries is even greater.

At the Continental booth, both development partners demonstrate a solution for use in the industrial environment. The expertise accumulated in the automotive industry can thus also be transferred to applications in the intralogistic context. Using the example of an industrial truck, the technology partners demonstrate how connected sensor technology can help to significantly improve driving and industrial safety in intralogistics. Work accidents in warehouses can therefore be reduced, while also enabling the automation of industrial trucks. It provides the basis for a fully connected, integrated and automated warehouse of the future.

The stand will exhibit an innovative pedestrian dummy with artificial muscles that imitate the movements of a person. In the future, the dummy will be used in the development of vehicle surroundings sensors such as lidar, radar and camera systems as well as for the validation of these sensors. One of the challenges facing vehicle surroundings sensors is the influence of the environment on the signals that need to be evaluated. As an example, the influence of fog is demonstrated on the design. For this purpose, three common types of sensor “monitor” the pedestrian dummy while the visible area is impaired by fog. The changes can be clearly seen when the sensor signals received are visualized.

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With more than 6,000 exhibitors from 60 countries and 225,000 visitors from around the world, Hannover Messe is the world’s largest industrial trade fair. THI is attending this year’s trade fair from April 23 to 27 and will be present at two different stands: at the joint Bayern Innovativ stand in Hall 2 Research & Technology (Stand A52) and at the stand of technology company Continental in Hall 5 (Stand E18).


Jochen Vennemann

Jochen Vennemann Manager External Communications ContiTech Phone: +49 511 938-18024 E-mail:

skai Tokio EN

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Experiencing Innovative Surfaces Live

  • laif VyP: breathable upholstery materials for enhanced comfort
  • Fine and futuristic: skai Tokio EN
  • 3D effect: skai Tolaris EN
  • skai Sanovara Stars: for use in exclusive residential settings

Hanover, April 23, 2018. Technology company Continental is presenting functional surface materials for industrial applications in the intralogistics field at Hannover Messe (hall 5, booth E18).

Breathable: Laif Vyp offers a high level of comfort, even with prolonged sitting. © Continental AG

Warehousing processes call for concentration all day long from staff operating their industrial trucks – the breathable laif VyP upholstery material offers them the necessary comfort while sitting and helps them feel at ease in their workplace. A hybrid of vinyl and polyurethane, the material takes the relevant properties of both original materials: surface softness and material durability. It is air- and vapor-permeable and uses raw materials that contain no conventional solvents and that are derived from high-quality, water-based PU systems and coatings. Its breathability means that laif VyP remains comfortable even after prolonged sitting. Visitors to the fair can try the material out by taking a seat at the Continental booth in Hanover and then experience the effect of the surface material for themselves. In addition, the two upholstery materials skai Tolaris EN and skai Sanovara Stars for seating and wall coverings adorn the booth walls, information counters and bar counter with a striking pattern that alludes to Mexico, the partner country for the 2018 fair.

Multi-award-winning metal

Metallics are now firm fixtures in the world of upholstery. Their use makes focal points of furniture or walls in the room.

In skai Tokio EN, highly precise laser engraving makes it possible to create a detailed and contoured cross-grind look. © Continental AG

skai Tokio EN wirkt filigran und futuristisch. Seine Kreuzschliff-Prägung fördert die Anmutung des Metallic-Look. Exaktheit im Nanobereich führt zu einem täuschend echten, rapportfreien Ergebnis: Durch die Metallic-Farben ändert sich je nach Perspektive die Lichtbrechung, das Material wirkt sehr lebendig. Kunden setzen den Polsterbezugstoff vor allem für Polsteranwendungen in der Gastronomie, Hotellerie und im Ladenbau ein. skai Tokio EN wurde mit dem „Interior Innovation Award 2015 – Selection“ und dem „German Design Award 2016 – Winner“ ausgezeichnet. Als Möbelfolie mit Kreuzschliffprägung gewann das Material den „Iconic Award 2016: Interior Innovation“

Thanks to differently oriented hexagon clusters, the surface of skai Tolaris EN creates a three-dimensional look. The color palette contains current on-trend colors. © Continental AG

skai Tokio EN gives a fine, futuristic impression. Its cross-grind embossing promotes the attractive metallic look. Nano-scale precision yields a deceptively real result without any pattern-matching issues: As a result of the metallic colors, light refraction changes depending on the angle of view, and the material is very vibrant. Customers use the upholstery material mainly for upholstery applications in restaurants, cafés, bars, hotels and shops. skai Tokio EN was honored with the “Interior Innovation Award 2015 – Selection” and the “German Design Award 2016 – Winner”. As a furniture film with an embossed cross-grind finish, the material won the “Iconic Award 2016: Interior Innovation”.

The skai Tolaris EN upholstery material with its soft-touch haptics changes in the light depending on the angle of view. It also offers a 3D effect. This effect is created by differently oriented hexagon clusters that form a rhombus. Three of these rhombi form three sides of a cube from the viewer’s perspective. The coating reinforces the effect. It was also an award-winner at the “red dot award: product design 2015” and a gold medalist at the “Materialica Design + Technology Award 2015”.

Natural vibrancy

skai Sanovara Stars is a high-quality upholstery material for furniture and walls with a fine calf-leather grain. The metallic color range also enhances the surface’s look. The material is suitable for many types of upholstery and covering in the trend-driven and exclusive residential sector, particularly for decorative applications that are not subject to excessive mechanical wear.


Axel Schmidt Group Manager Communications Konrad Hornschuch AG, ContiTech AG Phone: +49 7947 81 522 E-mail:

Jochen Vennemann

Jochen Vennemann Manager External Communications ContiTech Phone: +49 511 938-18024 E-mail: