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Auto Shanghai: Continental Continuing to Expand Production of Electric Mobility Components in China

  • Continental presents wide portfolio of electric mobility solutions for the Chinese market
  • China ranks as the world’s largest market for electric mobility
  • Sharp expansion of production capacity planned for the coming years


Shanghai (China), Regensburg (Germany), April 17, 2019. Continental is continuing to drive forward the expansion of electric mobility in China. At Auto Shanghai (April 16 to 25, 2019), the technology company will be presenting a range of established and production-ready drive systems and innovative electronic components extending from 48-volt mild hybrid applications and plug-in hybrid or full-hybrid solutions to high-voltage drive systems. At the same time, Continental Powertrain is investing heavily in new Chinese production sites in Tianjin and Changzhou.

Industry experts agree that China is at the forefront of the march towards electric mobility. The country ranks as the largest and fastest-growing market for this technology, particularly in the area of high-voltage solutions (all-electric vehicles). According to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), sales of New Energy Vehicles (including PHEV, BEV, FCEV) in China increased by 63 percent in 2018, to a record level of 1,240,000 units.

Continental continuing to expand production of electric mobility components in China © Continental AG

“The Chinese market will continue to be of pivotal importance for the future development of electric mobility – and therefore also for Continental,” says Andreas Wolf, head of Continental Powertrain. “We offer solutions for all electrification levels and across all vehicle segments which reduce emissions particularly in towns, but also provide modern and sustainable mobility for everyone.”

“At Auto Shanghai 2019, we will be demonstrating how we are using our advanced electrification solutions to drive China’s future mobility and contribute to a clean world,” says Gregoire Cuny, head of China Market at Powertrain, when highlighting the Powertrain areas of focus for the trade show.

Highly integrated axle drive system with first-class power-to-weight ratio

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One cornerstone of Continental Powertrain’s electric mobility strategy is the highly integrated electric powertrain module for electric vehicles. This module is suitable for use in everything from compact to luxury vehicles, with a particular focus on the volume-selling mid-range segment. The highly integrated axle drive system – maximum power 150 kW – boasts a first-class power-to-weight ratio and a compact, relatively lightweight design. This high-voltage drive system integrates the electric motor, transmission and power electronics into a single unit. The result is a system which is not only lighter but also more powerful than comparable concepts. Further advantages include high levels of driving pleasure and favorable costs, since the high degree of integration makes it possible to dispense with the cables and connectors required in the past.

Customers for this system include both international and Chinese carmakers. In response to the high demand, Continental is expanding its production capacity for the integrated high-voltage drive system and in the second half of 2019 will also begin production in Tianjin, China. “Production in Tianjin is an important part of our strategy for achieving an optimal positioning in the Chinese market. At the same time, this production site is also important for other markets,” says Gregoire Cuny, head of China Market at Powertrain.

Extensive portfolio of power electronics for a wide range of vehicle models

Manufacturing Power Electronics © Continental AG

A further cornerstone of Continental’s electric mobility business is power electronics. Powertrain has been steadily expanding its operations in this field for more than ten years and Continental has ambitious plans for the future: Starting some time in 2020, power electronics components will go into local production in Tianjin. These highly complex electronic systems can be used in a wide range of vehicles. Power electronics regulate power flows in the vehicle and also control the process of energy recuperation. They ensure that the full potential of the electric powertrain can be exploited, thereby maximizing driving pleasure. A key advantage is that Continental can supply the electric motor and power electronics either individually or in combination. As a result, the company can offer flexible solutions that are customized to the client’s individual needs.

Leading the way on 48-volt technology

Continental Powertrain’s expertise in 48-volt technology is now set to make its mark in the Chinese market, too. Having been the first company to supply the 48-volt system in Europe, now Powertrain is taking things a step further. In Changzhou, China, in collaboration with its Chinese partner CALB (China Aviation Lithium Battery Technology Co., Ltd.), the joint venture will develop and produce 48-volt battery systems for the automotive industry. The battery cells will be supplied by CALB, while the battery management system including basic software is provided by Continental Powertrain. Thanks to the collaboration, Continental will supply a complete 48-volt system from a single source, comprising the motor, DC/DC control unit and 48V battery.

The energy-saving battery system solutions developed by Continental and CALB will help to reduce CO2 emissions and so meet consumer demand for energy-efficient vehicles all over the world. At the same time, a further goal is to put even more technically advanced battery systems into production by the end of 2021.

Intelligent thermal management supports electric mobility

Intelligent thermal management is taking on increasing importance for all types of vehicle, on account of its significant implications for efficiency, and therefore for key development goals such as reduced CO2 and pollutant emissions. In the case of electric vehicles, intelligent thermal management also extends vehicle range – particularly at very low or high external temperatures. This is achieved by intelligent, energy-saving management of heating and cooling requirements. Toward the end of this year, in response to an initial major order, Continental will begin volume production of a system of this type for an electric vehicle in China.

 

At Auto Shanghai (April 16 – 25, 2019), Continental will exhibit a selection of its electric mobility portfolio to an international audience (hall 6.2, booth 6BF101).

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Continental Improves Ride Comfort and Safety for Chinese E-Car Drivers and Passengers

Auto Shanghai 2019

  • Electric drive demands special requirements for engine mounting in terms of damping and insulation
  • Continental is optimizing in-car vibration and noise levels for electric vehicles
  • Continental is demonstrating its vibration control competence by working with leading Chinese manufacturers such as CHJ Automotive and NIO

Hanover / Shanghai, April 17, 2019. Technology company Continental is one of the first suppliers of engine mounting systems for the electric vehicle market that is actively driving development with new vibration control technologies. “Electric mobility and autonomous driving are presenting the entire automotive industry with enormous challenges. Not only technical implementation, but also vibration and noise control are key requirements in electric automotive construction,” declares Yimin Zhu, who is responsible for vibration-control-related research and development at Continental in China. At the 18th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition (stand number 6BF101), the leading trade fair for the automotive industry in Asia, Continental will be exhibiting its vibration control solutions as well as current innovations and technological developments from April 16 to 25, 2019.

“China is already seen as the empire of e-cars and is leading the development of electric mobility. So far, development of the powertrain and a longer range are the priorities for all OEMs. Meanwhile, passenger comfort and wellbeing is playing an increasingly important role in the construction of electric vehicles in China,” says Yimin Zhu. With its lightweight structural components, the technology company is driving ride comfort and safety to the next level. Furthermore, using lightweight components increases the range of all-electric cars by reducing energy consumption.

Continental is optimizing in-car vibration and noise levels for electric vehicles, and is thus improving ride comfort and safety for Chinese e-car drivers and passengers. © Continental AG

Vibration control is key for improved driving comfort

Compared with combustion engines, electric motors pose other challenges and requirements when it comes to mounting elements. Andreas Firla, who is responsible for product development of engine mounts in the field of vibration control at Continental Germany, explains: “Electric vehicles may be quieter, but their drives create excitations in the high-frequency range, which is more unpleasant for humans. The combustion engine makes a humming sound, whereas the electric motor makes a whistling sound. Furthermore, previously unheard noises such as rolling, wind and air conditioning come to the fore as they are no longer masked by the sound of the combustion engine.”

The electric drive requires a special mounting component to isolate the high-frequency excitations of the engine in the most efficient way possible. Continental has developed new concepts for this. Both the geometric design and the elastomer compound used allow the mounts to be optimally adjusted to the requirements. “With the aid of simulation tools, the properties of the mounts can be optimized in the early development phase. In order to validate these, we characterize the dynamic behavior of the components in the high-frequency range.”

Innovative lightweight solutions reduce noise and vibrations

Continental engine and chassis mounts are specially designed to meet the requirements of electric motors. They are integrated in particularly lightweight structural components made from aluminum or fiber-reinforced, high-performance polyamides. Each sub-component is designed and produced using a suitable material. All components are tailored to one another. This allows them to reduce disruptive noises and vibrations to a minimum and insulate the excitations that the driver can feel.

Continental has state-of-the-art high-frequency vibration test bench

As a system provider, Continental is a development partner and original equipment supplier for automotive manufacturers and offers an end-to-end solution from a one-stop shop as well as individual hybrid solutions. The anti-vibration specialist is already working with leading Chinese manufactures such as CHJ Automotive and NIO.

Its high-frequency vibration test bench in Hanover, Germany, is cutting-edge technology. Anti-vibration components and prototypes developed for Chinese manufacturers can be tested there up to a frequency of 3,000 Hz, which is pioneering in this segment. The global expertise and quality standards of Continental apply to all OEMs in the Chinese market. Yimin Zhu declares: “Our aim is to concentrate our expertise close to our customers. We are investing heavily in research and development and are working closely with our colleagues in Germany and at other sites to fulfill customer needs here in China.” For more than 50 years, the Continental vibration control product line and services have stood for the highest quality standards. They have proven themselves many times over and are unsurpassed by any other system.

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Check your tire pressures regularly

  • Checking ensures safe, comfortable handling and fuel savings
  • Tire pressures need to be adjusted to match how the car is loaded

Hanover, April 2019. According to tire manufacturer Continental, it is still essential to check your tire pressures regularly. Even today, many cars are not fitted with tire pressure monitoring systems – they are simply too old. These systems did not become mandatory in cars until 2014 but, at nine years old, the average car on Germany’s roads pre-dates the changes in the law. Even tire inflation gas is no protection against slow punctures due to foreign bodies such as nails piercing the tire.

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​​​​​​​Anyone who fails to carry out the recommended checks when refueling, or otherwise every two weeks, is living dangerously and driving more expensively. An undetected loss of tire pressure can cause tire failure – a particularly dangerous situation when driving even at moderate speeds. Even the gradual, normal loss of air pressure through the rim and valve leads to a rise in tire wear and rolling resistance. This in turn drives up fuel consumption. At the same time, braking distances increase, steering precision decreases and there is less chance of safely avoiding obstacles at higher speeds. The tire’s service life also decreases – tires running at 0.4 bar below the correct pressure will return around one third less mileage.

The correct tire pressures can be found on a sticker on the pillar of the driver’s door, on the inside of the fuel filler cap or in the glove compartment. And don’t forget that different values apply depending on how the car is loaded, so adjust your tire pressures accordingly before driving a fully laden car.

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TÜV Test Confirms: Continental MK C1 brake system reduces CO2 emissions of hybrid vehicles by around 5 g

Auto Shanghai 2019

  • Savings of regenerative energy due to improved utilization of the achievable recuperation potential
  • Tests of the CO2 savings potential of the MK C1 electrohydraulic brake system in a plug-in hybrid
  • TÜV confirms in a certified test: MK C1 reduces the amount of CO2 emitted in the WLTP by around 5 g/km on average compared with a conventional hydraulic hybrid brake system
  • Start of production for the MK C1 in China scheduled for the end of 2020

Frankfurt/Shanghai, April 16, 2019. When it comes to the CO2 emissions of cars, the clock is ticking ever louder: In the EU, newly registered vehicles from a manufacturer’s fleet will be allowed to emit only 95 g of carbon dioxide (CO2) per kilometer on average from as early as 2021. Every gram of CO2 over the limit will cost manufacturers €95 – and that figure then has to be multiplied by the number of vehicles sold. Against the backdrop of stricter CO2 legislation around the world, the focus right now is on reducing emissions gram by gram. In the U.S.A., a maximum of only 121 g/km has been stipulated by 2020. This figure is 117 g/km in China and 105 g/km in Japan. Besides the powertrain, other vehicle systems are required to play their part in emissions reduction, such as the brake system. At the Auto Shanghai in China (April 16 to 25, 2019), the technology company Continental will present the results of a recent TÜV-certified test. “Here, the MK C1 electrohydraulic brake-by-wire brake system, installed in a standard plug-in hybrid vehicle from the D-segment class, reduced CO2 emissions by around 5 g/km on average compared with a conventional – non-brake-by-wire – hybrid brake system,” said Matthias Matic, head of the Vehicle Dynamics business unit of the Chassis & Safety division at Continental.

The MK C1 electrohydraulic brake-by-wire brake system reduces CO2 emissions and increases the range of electric vehicles. © Continental AG

WLTP confirms CO2 reduction

The measurements were taken on a dynamometer test in accordance with the WLTP (Worldwide harmonized Light vehicle Test Procedure), the globally valid measurement procedure for determining the exhaust emissions and fuel/electricity consumption of motor vehicles, and were supervised by the TÜV experts present. During each of the three test runs, the vehicle with the MK C1 recovered 160 Wh of additional electrical energy on average in the deceleration phases of the individual cycle – around 32 percent more than the system in comparison. The MK C1 makes this possible by enabling consistent use of the electric motor as a generator during braking. The intelligent hybrid control can then use the additional electricity generated in this way for fuel-efficient driving, thereby reducing CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.

“For the efficiency of a hybrid vehicle, it is important to use up as little of the vehicle’s kinetic energy as possible on the wheel brakes, because this energy is lost. Our MK C1 brake-by-wire brake system enables full utilization of the recuperation potential. This allows the vehicle to recover more electricity and achieve measurable CO2 savings,” said Matic. “At the end of 2020, we will begin production of the MK C1 in Shanghai for a Chinese customer. We are therefore following our strategy of producing in the market, for the market.” The MK C1 has already been manufactured in series production for the European market in Frankfurt am Main since 2016, and for the American market in Morganton, North Carolina, U.S.A., since 2019.

Recuperation without compromise

With the MK C1, the brake actuation feature, the brake booster and the control systems are combined into a module. © Continental AG

In a hybrid vehicle, the seamless transition (brake blending) from regenerative braking (recuperation) to mechanical friction brakes is subject to limitations. The problem with a conventional hybrid brake system, complete with tandem main cylinder, brake booster and control system as separate main components, lies in the lack of pedal decoupling. This is also the case in the plug-in hybrid tested: “Here, recuperation potential is also thrown away in the series configuration. By contrast, the brake pedal in the MK C1 is usually completely decoupled from pressure generation. Therefore the driver always has a uniform pedal feel. The full use can be made of recuperation phases – saving CO2 as a result,” said Marcus Bletz, senior expert in regenerative braking in the Vehicle Dynamics business unit.

Efficiency and dynamism in a single module

Calculated for an electric vehicle with an energy consumption of 18 kWh/100 km, the increase in the efficiency of the MK C1 documented in the test alone would equate to a 4 percent increase in range based on a 500-kilometer route – in other words, almost 20 kilometers. At the same time, the MK C1 has safety advantages: The electromechanically generated full brake pressure reached within 150 ms, allowing advanced driver assistance systems or automated vehicles to be brought to a standstill more quickly from a higher speed without driver intervention than in the case of conventional brake systems.

“This provides a longer time frame in which an automatic emergency braking function can detect an obstacle with absolute certainty and nevertheless initiate autonomous emergency braking successfully,” said Jürgen Woywod, head of Vehicle System Integration in the Vehicle Dynamics business unit. “Efficiency and safety go hand in hand with the MK C1. This electrohydraulic brake system is therefore perfectly suited for the global trends of electrification and automation.”

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Award-winning and Tailor-made: Smart Solution from Continental Pleases Car Drivers Sense of Smell

  • Continental develops clever solution to eliminate unpleasant new-car smell
  • Perfumed Acella interior material improves the odor of vehicles diffusing the pleasant fragrance of orange, green tea or perfume

Zhangjiagang/Hannover, April 2019. With the advancement of the well-established interior material Acella, technology company Continental has developed a pioneering solution for eliminating the new car smell, which many drivers find unpleasant. The engineers at the company’s Zhangjiagang plant have found a way to add perfume to the covering material which fills the car’s interior with the scent of oranges, green tea or men’s perfume. Automobile Industries China, a leading trade magazine for the automotive industry in the market and part of the international Vogel Automotive Media Group, honored Acella with fragrance with its Automotive Innovation Technology Award at the International Automotive Congress in December 2018 in Shanghai. The award stands for technological progress and performance enhancement of vehicles. “This shows that we always offer our partners and their customers the right solutions. The development takes place directly here in China, where trend-setting mobility solutions are demanded – we are clearly following our strong aspirations to act in the market and for the market,” says Cai Dongdan from Continental, who is part of the six-person development team.

Acella with fragrance makes vehicle interiors smell of orange, green tea or men’s perfume instead of that fresh-from-the-factory-odor many vehicle owners dislike. © Continental AG

Whether shaving or applying make-up, eating or drinking, making a phone call or listening to music: Today people no longer simply get into a car, but rather into mobile living spaces. The car nowadays is more than just a means of transport, it has become a second ”living room”. In addition to important future topics of the industry such as electromobility or autonomous driving, it is therefore important to make the interior as comfortable as possible. Whether it´s a small city or sleek sports car, an elegant sedan, a luxurious SUV or an emission-free electric car – the interior offers a world of experiences and plays a decisive role in the purchase decision. After all, Chinese people spend around two hours a day in their cars – and sometimes a lot more than that especially in large cities with high traffic volumes1. This makes it all the more important for drivers and passengers to feel comfortable and at home in their cars.

One major reason this is not always the case is the new-car smell. According to the 2018 J.D. Power China Initial Quality Study the fresh-from-the-factory-odor is something a big part of car customers in China are not pleased with. More than ten percent of drivers complained about the odor of their brand-new cars for the third year in a row now. In fact, the smell matters more than the second most prevalent problem, which is excessive fuel consumption

Fast, fragrant and tailor-made

Continental engineers at the Zhangjiagang plant have found a way to add perfume to the covering material which fills the car’s interior with the scent of oranges, green tea or men’s perfume. © Continental AG

This issue did not go unnoticed by car manufacturers, which approached their partner and surface specialist Continental. “When our customers told us about the complaints from the car buyers, we practically had the solution at hand. Following trends on the market we had done our research already and were able to come up with our Acella interior surface material with scent pretty soon,” says Cai. “Vehicle interiors have effects on peoples’ senses – the sensation of all the shapes, materials and surfaces makes people want to buy a certain car or not. This also applies to the smell of it.” In fact, for decades Continental has been pursuing the idea of creating odor-intensive surfaces for vehicle interiors and has conducted experiments on the subject from time to time. Finally, the engineers found a new and innovative method. With that Continental already had a solution at hand even before the issue arose and smell became the most frequent complaint made by the end customer in China.  

The surface experts at Continental  – based in Zhangjiagang, where the company has recently expanded its research and development facilities – designed a method to integrate fragrance into a layer of the standard Acella interior surface material. As the development of a completely new material would have been costly and time-consuming, they upgraded an existing material using this method and suggested several flavors in this process to meet customer requirements in the best possible way. “It was a light, fruity and fresh scent which was favored by the manufacturer and their customers. It took us just one year from the initial enquiry to series production.” The team was able to develop two further flavors, green tea and men’s perfume within just six more months. “These new pleasant scents create a feel-good ambience for car buyers. And our customers are very pleased that we were able to solve the smell issue within such a short period of time,” continues Cai.

What is more: Continental also offers the scents in different degrees of intensity. Just as the new car smell disappears after a while the scent also evaporates. “It is not intended to remain in the car for the rest of the vehicle’s life. Depending on the chosen intensity it is still slightly perceivable after six to eight months before it completely fades away,” Cai continues.

Healthy air in vehicles

Over and above customer requirements, interior air quality is also regulated by guidelines that have been in force in China since March 2012. These set out eight limits on VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that affect unhealthy gases emitted primarily from solvents and synthetics. These VOCs are often the cause for the offending aromas. Against this backdrop interior materials are receiving particular attention in China, both within the automotive industry and from end customers. “Of course Acella with fragrance is also free of stabilizers containing heavy metals and it has passed the VOC test,” confirms Cai. Continental has even been working in consultation with the government on the definition of consistent measuring methods for air quality in automotive interiors. The technology company uses proven European and American standards to test the emissions of all its materials in-house for any substances that might be harmful to health.

The company’s engineers are also specialists when it comes to reduce the smell and the emissions of vehicle interiors. Paramount example is the low-emission, low-odor and non-allergenic cover material Acella Eco providing pleasant and healthy air in the vehicle interior because all solvents and emission-relevant plasticizer systems are limited to an absolutely necessary minimum. It is with the development of eco-friendly and top-quality products like Acella Eco which reduces the smell as well as clever ideas resulting in developments such as Acella with scent that the material specialist proves its innovative strengths time and time again.

Further highlights: Solution for ambient lighting

In order to live up to the aspiration of creating living spaces inside vehicles, the engineers in Zhangjiagang are consistently working on advancing their cover materials. One of the current developments is the translucent Acella Hylite Concept trim material which enables special light effects. Light effects, illuminated logos, buttons or enlighted applications can be integrated behind the surface. It remains exciting to see with which further developments Continental will come up with.

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Building Blocks for the Future: Continental Reinforces Focus on Digital Solutions for the Construction Business

  • Innovative tire monitoring solutions ensure correct tire pressure and thus help to reduce operational costs and maximize uptime
  • Newly developed Conti CrossTrac truck tire for construction application is available as an intelligent tire with pre-installed sensors shipped from the factory in five widely used sizes
  • Complete ContiEarth portfolio for rigid dump trucks, articulated dump trucks, loaders and dozers comes factory-fitted with tire sensors
  • Solutions tested under severe conditions at construction and mining sites as well as at the Dakar Rally with Russian truck rally team KAMAZ-Master

 

Hanover/ Munich, April 09, 2019. In tough conditions such as mining and construction sites, efficiency and safety are key. However, underinflated tires are still a major cause of breakdowns and service calls. On average, one third of fleet tires are underinflated. This not only has an effect on fuel consumption but also on the tire life – with 10 percent underinflation, tread life is reduced by 15 percent and casing life by 20 percent. With 20 percent underinflation, casing life is reduced by up to 30 percent. Hence, optimally used tires and better conserved carcasses can be used for retreading and thereby give the tire several lives. Verifying proper tire pressure and temperature thus maximizes uptime because the risk of breakdowns is reduced and scheduled maintenance no longer needed.

To ensure the correct tire pressure and temperature, Continental has developed its digital tire pressure monitoring systems ContiPressureCheck and ContiConnect. With the help of tire sensors mounted on the inner liner of the tire, the systems monitor, analyse and report data about tire temperature and pressure, thus help optimizing fleet efficiency.

Innovative tyre monitoring solutions ensure correct tyre pressure and thus help to reduce operational costs. © Continental AG

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Tire sensors – making the tire intelligent

Continental tire sensors are at the core of both ContiPressureCheck and ContiConnect. The intelligent tire sensors constantly measure temperature and pressure from inside the tire and provide data to be displayed on the dashboard – whether this is on a handheld device, inside the driver’s cabin or on a web portal overseeing the fleet. The alerts and notifications in particular are designed to steer the fleet’s attention to immediate action needs.

For the new Conti CrossTrac truck tire line, customers can select from the main sizes for an intelligent tire, whereas all tires in the OTR ContiEarth portfolio come as intelligent tires with pre-installed tire sensors shipped straight from the factory.

ContiPressureCheck

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

ContiConnect

ContiConnect is Continental’s solution for monitoring tire pressure and temperature remotely, taking digital tire monitoring to the next level. The solution conveniently monitors multiple vehicles and helps fleet managers switch from inflexible manual service routines to targeted, real-time maintenance. Today, the solution mainly targets fleets that return to a yard or construction site on a regular basis.

The yard reader station reads the data off the tyre sensors as the vehicle passes by the receiver in the yard and sends the data to the backend where it is analyzed and interpreted. © Continental AG

Proven solutions tested under severe conditions

Both ContiPressureCheck and ContiConnect have proven their value successfully. For example, construction customers such as BetonMastHæhre, the biggest road construction company in Norway, have shown a high level of satisfaction with both. They tested the solutions with the Continental EM-Master in a remote area in Northern Norway. After this test, BetonMastHæhre also purchased several new 40-ton ADTs with ContiPressureCheck integrated on the display of the machines.

Another test customer from the United States, which is a hauler of cement powder and fly ash, reported a reduction of tire-related roadside service calls to zero in the whole eight months of using ContiConnect. CEMEX in the UK have seen a reduction of 43 percent in out-of-hours call outs for tires, with the drivers identifying issues on route thanks to ContiPressureCheck. To prove its ability to withstand severe conditions such as extreme heat and speed, ContiPressureCheck has been tested on the Russian KAMAZ-Master trucks during the Dakar Rally desert race, for example.

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Earthmover Tires: Customized Tires for Machinery Operating in Harsh Conditions

  • Customized ContiEarth range for specific needs and requirements of construction machinery
  • EM-Master for ADTs, loaders and dozers available with two different tread patterns
  • RDT-Master for use on rigid dump trucks (RDT)
  • All tires factory-fitted with tire sensor monitoring for inflation pressure and tire temperature

 

EM-Master E3/L3: The five-edged block design, a normal tread depth and wide spacing between the blocks ensure good self-cleaning characteristics, traction, and maneuverability even in soft and muddy terrain. © Continental AG

Hanover/Munich, April 9, 2019. Whether extracting and hauling raw materials on gravelly, rocky or sandy terrain or transporting building materials on unpaved roads at the construction site: off-the-road tires (OTR) mounted on a variety of construction vehicles and machinery have to cope with difficult ground conditions. Continental has therefore developed the ContiEarth range, a series of OTR tires, each of which is equipped with a thoroughly developed tread pattern tailored for the specific needs and requirements of loaders, dump trucks or dozers used in mining and construction projects. The ContiEarth range consists of two tire lines – the EM-Master and the RDT-Master. 

EM-Master for ADTs, loaders and dozers

The EM-Master for articulated dump trucks (ADT), loaders and dozers is available in two versions: The E3/L3 for muddy and soft terrain and the E4/L4 (picture on the left) for hard and rocky surfaces. © Continental AG

Articulated dump trucks (ADTs), loaders and dozers are used for transporting large quantities of bulk or aggregate material in extreme conditions ranging from soft and muddy soil to gravelly and rocky terrain on construction or mining sites. Durability, excellent traction, and superior resistance to rock cutting and heat generation are essential for operation in these extreme conditions. Continental’s EM-Master is customized for these specific demands. The tire is available in two versions with different tire tread designs.

The EM-Master E3/L3 features a normal tread depth and wide spacing between the blocks. This results in good self-cleaning characteristics, traction, and manoeuvrability even in soft and muddy terrain. The open tread design offers better cooling characteristics and therefore low heat buildup, resulting in a long service life.

The extra deep tread of the EM-Master E4/L4 offers high carcass protection against cuts and damage by foreign objects such as stones. © Continental AG

Compared with the E3/L3, the EM-Master E4/L4 features a greater block size with less spacing between the blocks. The tire therefore offers a high level of carcass protection and good cutting resistance, minimizing the risk of punctures and downtimes. The smaller tread block spacing of the five-edged block design results in smooth running and good traction even on hard and rocky surfaces. Due to its deep tread design and high wear volume, the EM-Master E4/L4 also offers an excellent service life.

Both the EM-Master E3/L3 and the E4/L4 are available in sizes 23.5R25, 26.5R25 and 29.5R25. The EM-Master E3/L3 is additionally available in size 20.5R25.

RDT-Master for rigid dump trucks

The RDT-Master is designed for rigid dump trucks, which transport heavy loads over long distances in rough terrain. © Continental AG

The RDT-Master is designed for rigid dump trucks, which transport heavy loads over long distances in rough terrain. In these severe conditions, tires have to offer high stability and good traction even at high speeds. In addition, the tires need to be extremely resistant to cuts and tears.

The RDT-Master’s special tread design with a deep tread depth and a wide, flat tread radius offers high loading capacity and cutting resistance. The angled tread edges, in addition to the open shoulder design, ensure good self-cleaning capabilities and facilitate high lateral stability, which results in better driving behaviour. Maximum traction is guaranteed even on winding terrain and while driving at high speeds. The RDT-Master is available with a standard compound and a cut-resistant compound designed to withstand sharp rocks and stones in rough terrain.

The RDT-Master E4 is available in sizes 18.00R33, 21.00R33 and 24.00R35.

Intelligent tires: ContiEarth range ready for tire pressure monitoring systems ContiPressureCheck and ContiConnect

The ContiEarth range is designed for specific needs and requirements of construction machinery. © Continental AG

Both the EM-Master and RDT-Master come with integrated tire sensors shipped from the factory. The sensor constantly monitors the inflation pressure and temperature of the tire and transmits the information in real time to the tire pressure monitoring systems ContiPressureCheck and ContiConnect.

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E-mobility: Continental launches first tire optimized for electric buses in city traffic

  • Increased load index: The new Conti Urban HA3 315/60 R22.5 carries up to eight tons per axle
  • Even and slow wear thanks to optimized tread compound and robust casing structure

 

Conti Urban HA3 © Continental AG

Hanover, April 8, 2019. Tires for electric buses need to support a usually high overall vehicle weight due to the heavy electric battery and stand instant torque delivery. To master these challenges, they need to combine grip, robustness, and above-average load carrying capacity. Continental, the technology company and premium tire manufacturer, meets this new need with its new Conti Urban HA3 315/60 R22.5 154/148J (156/150F) tires. These all-axle tires for the safe electric passenger service feature superb grip and a load carrying capacity of eight tons per axle, 0.5 tons more than the standard for this tire size.

The Conti Urban HA3 has an increased load index thanks to its extremely robust casing featuring high wire density and thickness. It also has a sturdy and durable tread with a high proportion of natural rubber, which increases resistance to cuts, cracks, chipping, chunking, and abrasion, and leads to a long service life and utilization of the tire’s full mileage potential. Its special urban bus tire contour layout adds to endurance and even wear, while its wide tread width ensures excellent cornering stability and handling for maximum safety in urban traffic. High-density interlocking sipes provide optimum grip and lane holding, even in extremely wet conditions, throughout the tire’s service life. The sipes are also staggered in order to reduce noise for increased ride comfort. Reinforced sidewalls ensure that the Conti Urban HA3 reliably withstands frequent curbstone contact. Thanks to its good retreadability, the Conti Urban HA3 allows for multiple service lives. Three Peak Mountain Snowflake tested, the Conti Urban HA3 is well-suited for year-round use in many European regions.

Conti Urban HA3 © Continental AG

​​​​​​​“The new Conti Urban HA3 optimized for electric buses brings to fruition the valuable experience we’ve gathered from our recent collaboration with commercial vehicle manufacturers and municipal bus companies,” says Lutz Stäbner, Head of Product Management for Continental truck and bus tires in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. “Thanks to its balanced performance profile, it provides a safe, comfortable, and cost-effective solution for enabling e-mobility in challenging stop-and-go traffic.”

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Sarah Steingrube

Sarah Steingrube Communications Manager Commercial Vehicle Tires Phone: +49-511-938-21878 Cell: +49-151-18872187 E-mail:

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Organizational Changes in Management Board of Continental’s Chassis & Safety Division

  • Matthias Matic is new Head of Vehicle Dynamics Business Unit as successor to Felix Bietenbeck
  • Dr. Bernhard Klumpp succeeds Matthias Matic in Hydraulic Brake Systems Business Unit
  • Laurent Fabre takes over Passive Safety & Sensorics Business Unit from Dr. Bernhard Klumpp
  • Organizational changes took effect April 1, 2019

Frankfurt am Main, Germany, April 4, 2019. Continental’s Chassis & Safety division, which specializes in safety technologies, has had three of its four business units under new management since April 1, 2019. These changes are part of Continental’s realignment and ensure continuity in the Chassis & Safety management team.

Matthias Matic is the new Head of the Vehicle Dynamics Business Unit. Dr. Bernhard Klumpp took over his position as Head of the Hydraulic Brake Systems Business Unit. Dr. Klumpp is succeeded by Laurent Fabre as Head of the Passive Safety & Sensorics Business Unit. Fabre was previously Head of the Electronic Chassis Components segment within the business unit. At the same time, Felix Bietenbeck left the company after almost 30 years at his own request. He had most recently been successfully managing the Vehicle Dynamics Business Unit since September 2013.

“I am delighted that my long-standing colleagues Matthias Matic and Dr. Bernhard Klumpp are driving forward the strategic realignment of the Chassis & Safety Division in their new roles. I would also like to welcome Laurent Fabre to the Management Board of our division. I wish all of them every success in mastering their new tasks,” said Frank Jourdan, Head of the Chassis & Safety Division and member of the Executive Board of Continental AG. “At the same time, I would like to thank Felix Bietenbeck for his many years of successful collaboration with us. Under his leadership, the Vehicle Dynamics Business Unit has enjoyed strong growth. We very much regret that he is leaving and wish him all the best for his future career and private life,” added Jourdan.

Expert for Brake Systems: Matthias Matic takes over Vehicle Dynamics Business Unit

Matthias Matic, Head of the Vehicle Dynamics Business Unit © Continental AG

Matthias Matic is taking charge of the Vehicle Dynamics (VED) Business Unit, after having managed the Hydraulic Brake Systems Business Unit since 2013 in his previous position. With many years of experience in the product areas of electronic and hydraulic brake systems, he is a proven expert in this field. After several positions in engineering and project management, he has managed strategic planning and program management and later the Business Center for the Foundation Brakes in the Hydraulic Brake Systems Business Unit.

In 2008, he took charge of the Hydraulic Brake Systems Business Unit for the North America region. Before taking on this position as Head of the Hydraulic Brake Systems Business Unit, he was already responsible for the Chassis Components Business Unit worldwide, which included the product fields of Steering Systems, Air Suspension Systems, and Chassis Electronic Systems/ Components. The VED Business Unit develops and produces Electronic Brake Systems, software solutions for Brake and Chassis Control, Air Suspension Systems as well as systems connecting Electronic Chassis and Safety systems. With rapidly changing requirements in the automotive environment, Matic will focus on efficiency in product development and operational execution at the highest quality standards while providing leading technologies and innovative products to our customers.

Dr. Bernhard Klumpp becomes new Head of the Hydraulic Brake Systems Business Unit

Dr. Bernhard Klumpp, Head of the Hydraulic Brake Systems Business Unit © Continental AG

Dr. Bernhard Klumpp is taking on management of the Hydraulic Brake Systems (HBS) Business Unit. Prior to this, he has been in charge of the Passive Safety & Sensorics Business Unit since 2012. At Continental, he headed the area of Industrial Engineering for Electronic Brake Systems before being appointed as a Managing Director of a Speed Sensor plant in Mexico and later of an ESC assembly facility in Germany. His responsibilities cover a product portfolio ranging from Disk Brakes, Parking Brakes, Drum Brakes, and Electric Parking Brakes to Brake Hoses and Washer Systems. In the light of “Quality First”, Dr. Klumpp will focus his broad experience on further standardization and operational improvement as well as preparing the business unit for future market requirements.

Laurent Fabre – promotion within the Passive Safety & Sensorics Business Unit

Laurent Fabre, Head of the Passive Safety & Sensorics Business Unit © Continental AG

Laurent Fabre is taking over the Passive Safety & Sensorics (PSS) Business Unit from Dr. Klumpp and moving into Chassis & Safety Division management as a new member. His most recent position was the Head of the Electronic Chassis Components segment within PSS. Prior to this, he managed Synerject’s Business Development and Sales and Marketing before becoming General Manager there. He is now responsible for a product portfolio ranging from Chassis and Safety Sensor Technology to Occupant Safety Systems. He will begin with an overview of the whole business unit – primary the various plants, their competencies, and their people. Besides “Quality First”, Fabre will then concentrate on the development of the business units’ product portfolio.

All business unit heads will report directly to Frank Jourdan in their new roles. The Chassis & Safety Division continues to consist of four business units: Advanced Driver Assistance Systems headed by Karl Haupt, Hydraulic Brake Systems headed by Dr. Bernhard Klumpp, Passive Safety & Sensorics headed by Laurent Fabre, and Vehicle Dynamics headed by Matthias Matic. In addition, the Chassis & Safety Division will be renamed “Autonomous Mobility and Safety” at the beginning of 2020, and its business results will be reported under the new “Automotive Technologies” group sector starting in fiscal 2020.

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Sören Pinkow

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

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Telekom partners with specialist from Israel in car cyber security

  • Continental and Telekom protect cars from attackers
  • Argus Cyber Security is Israeli security specialist
  • Bodyguard planned for networked vehicles


Bonn, Hanover, Tel Aviv, April 4, 2019. T-Systems and Argus Cyber Security, an independent subsidiary of the technology company Continental, will work together on cyber defense for cars. This was announced by the companies at the Hanover Industrial Trade Fair. T-Systems is planning a Security Operations Center specializing in vehicles (Automotive SOC). The company announced this in mid-March. With Argus the company is now bringing an important partner on board.

The Israeli automotive cyber security specialist has a highly developed Information and Event Management System (SIEM) for cars as well as in-vehicle solutions. Car manufacturers (OEMs) and fleet operators use it to identify anomalies for connected vehicles. Attacks from the Internet are increasing rapidly. T-Systems CEO Adel Al-Saleh says: "We are currently seeing a new peak of 32 million daily attacks on our systems. Attackers don't stop in front of our cars either. The connected vehicle needs a digital bodyguard and real-time cyber defense."

Comprehensive and robust solution for cyber security in the automotive sector from Argus and T-Systems. © Continental AG

Robust solution for protecting vehicles

"We are delighted that Argus and T-Systems are working together to develop a comprehensive and robust solution for cyber security in the automotive sector - from the vehicle to the cloud and beyond," said Werner Koestler, Head of Strategy, Interior Division, Continental. "We are bringing together the largest IT service provider in the automotive industry in Germany with Argus. The joint solution will strengthen cyber security in cars. This will enable OEMs and fleet operators to realize their vision of safe and secure mobility."

"Argus' focus has always been on averting attacks on the automotive industry and anticipating future threats," said Yoni Heilbronn, Chief Marketing Officer of Argus Cyber Security. "Together with T-Systems, we will offer customers an advanced and robust Automotive Security Operation Center. To do this we link, fuse and analyze multiple data sources. This enables automakers to respond immediately to threats. In addition, the Automotive SOC helps the industry to act with foresight - even in ever-changing threat situations which are inherent to cyber security."

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Alena Liebram

Alena Liebram External Communications Interior division Phone: +49 6196 87 -2521 E-mail: