Continental Invests in Sino-German Ecopark to Connect Auto Market with Pioneering Technologies
Total investment for the new hose plant approximately RMB 240 million(around 30 million Euros)
Producing high quality hose products for both conventional and new energy vehicles,and providing system solutions
Qingdao, Shandong Province, October 18, 2018. The new plant in Qingdao invested by the technology company Continental has been relocated to the Qingdao Sino-German Ecopark and now officially opened. With a total investment of approximately RMB 240 million (around 30 million Euros) and an area of approximately 84,000 sqm, the new plant in Qingdao provides high quality hose products and mobile fluid system solutions for passenger cars and commercial vehicles to ensure stable and safe circulation of fluid media in auto systems such as water, fuel, oil and air. The new plant is also committed to integrating global resources and capabilities to facilitate structural upgrade for China’s local automotive industry and regional economic development based on the needs of the country’s automotive market.
In order to meet energy conservation and environmental protection requirements of the automotive industry in recent years, the new plant in Qingdao has introduced world-leading technologies including advanced air conditioning hoses using new refrigerant HFO-1234yf, lightweight cooling water hoses suitable for electric vehicles and GPF hoses meeting the National IV standards, bringing professional mobile fluid solutions to new energy vehicle manufacturers. Meanwhile, with the existing production lines, the new plant will produce core products such as cooling system lines, air-conditioning hoses, oil lines, turbocharger lines, exhaust system GPF lines, etc. for segments such as air-conditioning lines, air induction and exhaust system lines, heating/cooling lines, engine and drivetrain, etc. for both passenger cars and commercial vehicles, and provide design, R&D and production of products from hose lines to thermal management systems, offering systematic solutions for conventional and new energy vehicles.
Song Qi, Head of Continental’s division ContiTech in China: “Thanks to the cooperation opportunity created by the business-enabling environment in Shandong, we will continue to invest in the Qingdao plant in the next few years. We plan to build our Technology R&D Center for hoses in the new Qingdao plant next year, developing it into the largest automotive hose line production site in China, which will play an exemplary role in leading China’s manufacturing development and stimulating the vitality of the automobile makers and realize Continental’s commitment to the Chinese market.”
TeleMaster: Continental and JLG sign supply agreement for telehandlers
TeleMaster tire is result of joint development of Continental and JLG
OTR tire combines proven Continental compound for solid tires reducing rolling resistance and heat build-up with a rugged off the road tread pattern
Hanover/Fort Mill, October 18, 2018. Technology company Continental and manufacturer of lift equipment JLG have just signed a supply agreement naming Continental the solid tire provider for JLG’s telehandlers for the next five years. During this period, Continental's TeleMaster is given priority as the solid tire for all JLG telehandlers manufactured and sold.
The solid OTR tire was created in a joint development effort of Continental and JLG. Thanks to the proven Continental compound for solid tires, it comes with low rolling resistance reducing heat build-up. In addition, the tire offers a rugged tread to handle rough surfaces at worksites.
“The TeleMaster is a true win-win outcome of the collaboration with JLG”, says Pavel Prouza, head of sales and marketing, the Americas at Continental Commercial Specialty Tires. “Us at Continental were able to transfer and extend our sound knowledge of solid tire compounds from the industrial to the OTR tire segment, while providing JLG with a solution tailored to their individual needs.”
JLG was looking for a tire to suit its JLG and SkyTrak telehandlers. The company needed a hearty solid tire capable of heavy load bearing, traveling long distances and built with a rugged tread to handle the rough surfaces at worksites. After success with Continental’s SC20 tire, JLG and Continental worked to develop a custom tire with similar capabilities but equipped with a more rugged off the road tread pattern.
The key account manager for original equipment in North America, Carly Shipley, explained, “We take pride in working with original equipment manufacturers to develop a tire for specific applications. Our expert engineers work closely with our customers throughout the development process.”
The cooperation led to the development of the TeleMaster, specifically designed with high traction, high damage protection and an outstanding service life.
PRORETA 4: Continental and TU Darmstadt Develop Machine-Learning Advanced Driver Assistance System
Three use cases in one vehicle: Assistance system helps drivers when making left turns, entering roundabouts and at right-before-left intersections
The system adapts to the driver’s style of driving, assesses the driver’s behavior and level of attention and gives appropriate recommendations
Frankfurt am Main, Germany, October, 17 2018. In the fourth stage of the PRORETA research project, the technology company Continental and TU Darmstadt have developed a machine-learning vehicle system designed to support drivers in urban traffic and have installed it in a prototype. Data from radar sensors helps drivers to assess the traffic situation when turning left, entering a roundabout or at right-before-left intersections. Machine-learning has played a key role in the three-and-a-half-year research project. Algorithms create an always up-to-date driver profile based on a range of vehicle data, allowing them to adapt the driving maneuver recommendations given by the City Assistant System in line with the driving style.
Machine-learning process evaluates vehicle data
The task of the PRORETA project was highly complex. “The goal of collaboration between our institutes and Continental during the course of PRORETA 4 was to use adaptive systems as a mean of developing solutions that have not yet been addressed due to the lack of adaptability. The results of our work will help to further increase safety both within the vehicle and for other road users,” says Professor Hermann Winner, Director of the Institute of Automotive Engineering at TU Darmstadt. Acting like a good passenger, an advanced driver assistance system must analyze the driver’s style of driving and, in turn, their subjective sense of safety or risk so that, in complex traffic situations, it can give the driver recommendations that are also met with a high degree of acceptance. The driving profile is created quickly and accurately on the basis of a machine-learning process. For this, a range of data recorded during journeys is evaluated. Acceleration, yaw rates, braking and lateral acceleration in particular give the algorithm an idea of what type of driver is behind the wheel.
Artificial intelligence is increasingly important for vehicles
Extensive test drives with testers showed that the algorithms used in the City Assistant System allow conclusions to be drawn about the current driving style within three to five driving maneuvers. The system can therefore assign the driver to one or more clusters of driving profiles, meaning that the City Assistant System can then offer highly personalized driving recommendations.
Machine-learned algorithms are becoming increasingly common in vehicle systems. While the number of vehicle system units utilizing artificial intelligence stood at 7 million in 2015, this figure is expected to increase to 225 million by 2025. Efficient machine-learned algorithms are mostly highly complex models that, in their raw form and like a black box, either are hard to interpret or cannot be interpreted at all by humans. This poses particular challenges for ensuring the reliability of advanced driver assistance systems, which is why a safety approval strategy has been developed as part of the algorithm selection process for advanced driver assistance systems. During the course of PRORETA 4, various methods for reducing the number of test cases for learned algorithms were identified; these will now be subject to further research.
The City Assistant System detects if a gap in the traffic is big enough
“The driver has to develop confidence in the City Assistant System and its recommendations. Trust is the basis for the acceptance of advanced driver assistance systems, which in turn are an essential component of accident-free driving,” says Ralph Lauxmann, Head of Systems & Technology at Continental’s Chassis & Safety division. Based on the driving profile, the system monitors the time windows for driving recommendations – for example, with the left-turn assistant. This determines how big the gaps in the oncoming traffic are for a left turn based on data about the vehicle’s own position as well as the speed of and distance between oncoming vehicles. The task of object detection is carried out by ready-for-production long- and short-range radars installed on the sides of a vehicle. These are already in use in many assistance systems today, such as Adaptive Cruise Control or Blind Spot Detection.
The driver does not require assistance when the gaps in the oncoming traffic are extremely large, only when the necessary time window for safe turning is critical or it is difficult for the driver to estimate it accurately. This may be the case at night or in poor visibility as well as with inexperienced or elderly drivers. In heavy traffic, the City Assistant System reduces the stress of finding gaps and informs the driver when a sufficiently large gap is approaching. Test drives conducted during the course of PRORETA 4 identified a time window of between five and seven seconds, during which the system can assist with recommendations. The lower value with smaller gaps in oncoming traffic applies to a more dynamic style of driving, while the upper value applies to extremely defensive drivers. In both cases, however, it is guaranteed that the driver can complete the turn safely.
The same principle applies to the second application: entering a roundabout. Here, too, the system uses the vehicle and environment sensors to determine whether a gap in traffic is large enough and whether it makes sense, in view of the driver profile, to recommend that the driver enters the roundabout or waits for a larger gap.
The driving recommendation can be given in different ways. “Assistance systems whose warnings are not perceived as useful are often viewed by motorists as annoying and are even ignored or switched off. This is why we are supporting the approach of an adaptive advanced driver assistance system featuring a special interaction concept. Visual, acoustic and haptic signals display the recommendations for the driver as intuitively as possible,” says Dr. Karsten Michels, Head of Systems & Technology at Continental’s Interior division. Most obvious is the visual display with a big green or red arrow, but it would also be possible to configure a vibration in the seat edge or other haptic signals.
The interior camera detects whether the driver is aware of the traffic situation
Another complex task for the City Assistant System is dealing with right-before-left intersections. Here, the system first recognizes from a map, GPS and self-determined location data that the driver is approaching such a junction. With the help of the interior camera, the system analyzes whether the driver has detected incoming traffic that is to be given priority. The system checks whether the driver has actually turned their head to the right at the intersection and registered the other road user; this process of registering other road users takes 250 to 500 milliseconds. In more dangerous situations, the system can alert the driver through signals. The system can also establish whether the driver has acted correctly and communicate its verdict to the driver. In a version ready for series production, the City Assistant System could also feature an emergency brake function for the applications described.
Accurate position detection thanks to self-determined landmarks
The more accurately the position of one’s own vehicle is known; the more reliably advanced driver assistance systems can make decisions in complex traffic situations. One component of PRORETA 4 was therefore a camera-based system for automatically mapping landmarks such as prominent points on buildings or infrastructure. These landmarks will later be recognized by the vehicle camera, allowing for even more accurate localization of the vehicle than is possible with GPS or navigation data. In this long-term Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) method, landmarks along frequently traveled routes are detected, evaluated and stored in a data memory in the vehicle. This makes position detection possible to an accuracy of less than one meter along these routes.
History of the PRORETA project by Continental and TU Darmstadt
The first stage of PRORETA (2002–2006) focused on emergency braking and emergency steer assistance when traffic ahead is moving or stationary. The second stage of PRORETA (2006 to 2009) focused on overtaking assistance for avoiding accidents with oncoming traffic on rural roads. The third stage of PRORETA 3 (2011 to 2014) focused on the development of the integral concept for automation and accident prevention.
Anniversary: Ninety Years Since the First Continental Agricultural Tire Arrived on the Market
Continental launched Europe’s first pneumatic tractor tire onto the market in 1928
From 1928 to 2018: Continuous innovation makes Continental’s agricultural tires an international success
Expansion of the range planned for the coming years
Hanover, October 15, 2018
. Continental is celebrating a milestone birthday: ninety years ago, the technology company launched its first pneumatic tractor tire onto the market. What started life as an innovative product idea in 1928 developed over the subsequent decades into a success story. Market innovations, such as the T2 and T4 tractor tires in the 1920s and 1930s, and the AS farmer tire in 1955, are what characterize the company’s tradition. The company is now continuing this established tradition with its new premium radial tires with flexible N.flex carcass, new d.fine cleat technology and special bead design.
“Over the last ninety years, we have repeatedly proven how agriculture customers all over the world can rely on Continental as a partner to provide innovative and efficient solutions,” says Enno Straten, Head of Commercial Specialty Tires (CST) at Continental. “Mega-trends such as digitization, connectivity and automation are significantly changing the face of the agricultural sector and the everyday work of farmers, and the productivity of agricultural machinery, including suitable tires, plays a key role in this. For this reason, we will continue our work to develop and expand our portfolio of agricultural tire in the future.”
Innovators From the Start
The story of Continental’s agricultural tires begins in 1928, when the company launched Europe’s first pneumatic agricultural tire onto the market in the form of the T2 agricultural tractor tire (AS). It was only four years later when the next development, the T3 AS tire, was impressing customers with its optimized tread and improved tractive force. Continental revolutionized the market once again in 1938: as Germany’s first tire manufacturer, the company decided not to link individual tread lugs in its new T4 AS tire. Since then, the tread lugs in agricultural tractor tires have been separated in the tread center, which created a higher tractive force. What is more, minimal slip ensured effective interlocking with the soil, rendering chains and grippers redundant. Finally, in 1955, an especially robust and high-grip tire arrived on the market in the form of the Continental Farmer (AS). Thanks to a new ribbing with tapered, reinforced cleats, widening of the lug tread and improved self-cleaning properties, the Farmer tire demonstrated a 20 percent increase in traction on virtually all soils compared with previous models.
Internationalization and Sale of License to CGS/Mitas
Continental was expanding its business internationally by the end of the 20th century, and markets in North America and Europe formed the focus of its expansion in particular. In 2004, the agricultural tire segment was sold off as a result of concentrating its business as a whole. In the course of this sale, the license for production and marketing agricultural tires under the Continental brand passed to CGS/Mitas. The development and sale of products and solutions from the Continental Automotive segment continued unaffected, and customer demand for Continental’s agricultural tires continued to increase.
2017: The Success Story Continues
In 2016, Continental reacquired its brand rights ahead of schedule, and returned to the agricultural tire market in 2017 with its Tractor70 andTractor85 premium radial tires. Both tires originate from in-house production: they are made in the new state-of-the-art production facility in Lousado, Portugal. The tires are characterized by their extreme robustness and durability, while at the same time guaranteeing a high degree of ride comfort, soil preservation and tractive force. Both standard tires feature Continental’s innovative, patented N.flex technology, which increases impact absorption thanks to the nylon textile, and improves shock absorption thanks to its robust carcass. In August 2018, Continental added the new TractorMaster radial tire with leading-edge D.fine technology to its portfolio. There is no end in sight to the ninety year-long success story, though. Continental will also be expanding its portfolio of agricultural radial tires, and it will offer a total of 100 sizes by 2019.
An overview of the whole Continental agricultural tire history can be found here.
Continental Sets New Standards on the High Seas with an Effective Floating Oil Barrier
The hand-made oil barriers from Continental not only protect the environment but also reliably contain oil spills even in turbulent seas
Hanover, October 10, 2018. The technology company Continental has developed a new generation of floating oil barriers for use on the high seas. With a width of 3200 mm, they are especially suitable for use on rough seas.
The energy requirements around the world mean an increase in the amount of crude oil transported by sea. This also brings an increase in the risk of accidents entailing considerable impact on the environment as well as on a company’s profitability – both during pumping on the drilling rigs and in the event of maritime disasters involving damage to giant tankers. In collaboration with a partner, the technology company Continental has now developed a highly effective protective measure: a new type of floating oil barrier that can withstand even Arctic storms. The floating barriers are used during regular maintenance for oil drilling rigs as well as in emergency situations because, despite stringent safety measures, accidents on the high seas cannot be completely avoided. Following incidents and accidents, immediate action is essential in order to minimize the extent of the resulting oil slick. The floating barriers surround leaked oil at sea so that tankers can quickly pump it out of the water using hoses. Depending on the swell, this takes place directly at the deployment site or in more moderate waters with smaller waves.
The method of surrounding oil in this way is not new, and the floating barriers have also proven themselves for many years in serial use during maintenance work on oil drilling rigs. However, the latest generation of the oil barrier has a special feature to offer. “What makes it so unique is the special width of the air bags: Products commonly found on the market measure no more than 2000 mm. For production- and material-related reasons, it was previously not possible to manufacture this product with other dimensions. With our 3200-mm-wide barriers, we are setting new standards in environmental technology,” said Michael Möschen, an application engineer at Continental. With this development, Continental has succeeded in creating oil barriers that can withstand even heavy fall storms, while conventional designs with a width of just 2000 mm are quickly washed over in heavy swell – with catastrophic consequences for the environment.
Tailor-made environmental technology
The devastating sinking of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010 showed that much wider barriers are needed for reliably containing an oil slick. As a result, the number of inquiries for appropriate solutions increased and work to develop even wider barriers began.
“We are very well positioned in terms of product strategy, and even then our vulcanization process was sufficiently advanced. Production was a real challenge that we successfully overcome. We have since already delivered several of these 3200-mm-wide oil barriers, but of course only after they had successfully undergone testing in heavy storms with meter-high waves,” said Michael Möschen describing the successful project.
The latest generation of the oil barrier is made, assembled and vulcanized at the Continental plant in Northeim. Like the conveyor belts, the manufacture of which has been a specialism of Continental for decades, it is made from rubber and various fabric layers. There is simply no alternative fabric on the market in the required size, which means that the separating layers of the individual pieces of fabric have to be joined together when the oil barriers are being made. The particular challenge during production is therefore the manual assembly of the floating barriers, which makes the production process extremely laborious. On top of that, the units and presses have to work with extreme precision. “The oil barriers have extremely thin walls for their width – no more than 6–7 mm. When they are shipped to the deployment site, they are coiled on strong winches. Every single kilogram counts and so the mass should be kept as low as possible,” added Möschen.
Strength in the face of adversity on the high seas
Tested under special test conditions and at sea, the floating barriers have proven themselves to be extraordinarily reliable and secure. In terms of width, they are unrivaled on the market. To ensure that the barriers remain vertical in the water, chains with weights on them are attached below the water’s surface. This prevents even thick layers of oil from floating into the open sea under the barrier and ensures instead that the oil is reliably contained.
The development team also paid particular attention to strength. Flotsam in the sea can damage the floating barriers. The high-strength fabric and sturdy rubber layer of this Continental development is extremely impressive in this respect, too, withstanding pressures of up to 0.5 bar in the laboratory. That sounds modest, but it is enormous for an air bag of this size. And another aspect is important: The barriers are airtight like a bicycle inner tube – after all, no air must be allowed to escape during deployment. Air is pumped into the barriers as soon as they are lowered into the water by the winch on the ship.
Product portfolio: 23 new water pumps and new kits added to range from fall of 2018
Power transmission components with thermal management function for aftermarket
Greater certainty for workshops with modern engines
Hanover, September 11, 2018. Technology company Continental is expanding its aftermarket product portfolio to include components for better temperature regulation in modern engines. That is important in increasing engine efficiency, which in turn can reduce environmentally damaging emissions and extend the engine’s lifetime. The company is therefore releasing two new kits to coincide with Automechanika 2018, while at the same time adding 23 new types to its range of standalone water pumps. These are particularly intended for use in the ancillary drives of modern vehicles, in which the water pump is driven via the multi V-belt.
Increasing engine efficiency thanks to water pumps with added functionality
The reason for expanding the product portfolio is that in many modern engines the drive system components, e.g. the water pump, are responsible for broader temperature regulation functions in the engine. This has enabled the engine developers to resolve a dilemma: Whereas relatively high coolant temperatures are required at low loads to ensure the engine efficiency is as high as possible, the lowest possible coolant temperature has to be achieved in continuous operation when the engine is under a high load so that the ever more stringent emissions, efficiency and lifetime specifications can be met through the engineering design. That is only possible by means of components that perform control functions in addition to transporting water. These include, for example, water pumps with electric actuators.
These regulatable water pumps can dynamically adapt the coolant volumetric flow rate to the vehicle’s operating state at any given moment. That increases the engine’s efficiency and, in doing so, helps cut emissions and fuel consumption. However, this integration of functions makes the engineering of the components very complex, as a result of which the products are increasingly patent-protected. The outcome is that products offering this complexity and functionality are almost non-existent in the independent aftermarket. “We’re resolving this dilemma by means of our thermal management product offensive. At long last, workshops can access premium-quality aftermarket parts that conform to, or even exceed, the manufacturers’ specifications for these components, too,” explains product manager Adrian Rothschild.
New kit variants for the aftermarket
Whereas the water pump driven by the ancillary drive in older engines only has to be changed if it is really worn, in more modern engines it ought also to be replaced whenever the multi V-belt is changed because of the high labor input involved in the fitting job. The new multi V-belt kit plus water pump from Continental means that mechanics now always have everything they need for that operation immediately to hand. For the first time, therefore, the successful concept of the all-in-one kits plus water pump is also available for the ancillary drive, i.e. with multi V-belts.
The PRO kits plus water pump are also new. Whereas distributors or workshops previously had to buy two different products, they now just need a PRO kit. Apart from the water pump, this contains all the power transmission belts for engines which require one timing belt for the timing gear and another belt, for example to drive the balancer shaft. In total, more than 30 different PRO kit variants are already available for various vehicle models in Europe. The CT1167WP1 PRO and CT1167WP2 PRO kits are designed for the Volkswagen Group’s EA211 engine family – which makes Continental the only manufacturer to offer an all-in-one solution of this kind for these engines.
The range for thermal management applications is being constantly expanded. “Apart from drive system components, this could also include other complex technical products in the future,” says Rothschild, looking ahead. “The strategy we are following is, as far as possible, to offer our distributor and workshop customers all the products for the thermal management of modern engines – as they have come to expect – from a single source.”
ContiTech’s five-year manufacturer’s guarantee is applicable to all of them. The digital parts catalog contains details of Continental’s entire range for the automotive aftermarket. Continental is also exhibiting its thermal management solutions at Automechanika 2018 in Frankfurt from September 11 to 15.
Despite an ultra-compact design, the new waveguide technology enables large-area augmentation in the driver’s field of view
Shifting from mirrors to innovative waveguide technology makes it possible to integrate an AR-HUD in many vehicle cockpits for the first time
Continental builds a full-color demonstrator to show the ultra-compact waveguide HUD’s potential
Babenhausen (Germany), October 10, 2018. The technology company Continental reveals an industry-first full-color demonstrator of an automotive-specific Head-up Display (HUD) based on waveguide technology. This demonstrator is the result of the joint development with DigiLens Inc., one of the leading experts in projection technology enabled by switchable holographic gratings.
“Head-up Displays, particularly those with large-area augmentation, provide optimum driver support. Thanks to our early investment into waveguide technology, we are now taking a big step forward towards ultra-compact AR-HUDs. We have successfully overcome the most challenging hurdle which is the instrument size. As a result, industrializing the AR-HUD in the vehicle is now within reach,” said Dr. Frank Rabe, Head of the Continental business unit Instrumentation & Driver HMI.
HUDs with graphic augmentations in a real-world view offer intuitive driver support. Embedding the augmentations in the real world makes the driver immediately understand where their attention is required and why. For instance, virtual turn-by-turn navigation signs on the road make driving safer and easier. During automated driving, an AR-HUD can make the vehicle’s “sensing” and “planning” transparent. As an AR-HUD requires the option to embed augmentations in the complete forward field of view of the driver, the use of mirrors inside the instrument, which is state-of-the-art today, leads to AR-HUD instrument volumes of around 30 liters – too much for most dashboards.
The new Continental AR-HUD with waveguide technology significantly reduces the packaging size. With this new, innovative technology, Continental achieves an augmentation area of 15° x 5° (= 2,60 meters x 0,87 meters at a projection distance of 10 meters) while bringing down device size to a mere 10 liters magnitude. At that level, device integration becomes possible in many vehicles.
Flat waveguides replace mirror technology
Up until very recently, AR-HUD development was still generally based on mirror technology, like in the windscreen HUD. However, what works well in the HUD is not an option for the AR-HUD, because the display area of a conventional HUD is small by comparison.
While a conventional windscreen HUD has a volume of 3 to 4 liters, mirror technology inevitably leads to spatial AR-HUD capacities that can be around 30 liters, which is almost ten times as much.
“Most vehicles simply do not offer this amount of space. That was clear from day one, and that is why we wanted a different solution in order to be able to offer the AR-HUD benefits to as many drivers as possible,” said Dr. Pablo Richter, Principal Expert Optical Technologies at Continental.
That is also why Continental entered into a strategic partnership with the waveguide HUD expert DigiLens, located in Silicon Valley, in 2016 and increased this participation in 2018. The joint development work has now produced the first full-color demonstrator, which uses three flat waveguides stacked over one another to create the RGB color space – and no mirrors.
“The light rays from the projector enter the multi-layer waveguide from underneath. They get folded inside the waveguide and are finally projected upwards to create the virtual image through reflection on the windscreen,” Richter explained. “One of the many challenges was that while our development partner had produced solutions for the helmet visors of pilots or motorcycle drivers, the large-area application to a windscreen takes the technology to a whole different dimension.”
Continental´s demonstrator enables augmentations within a field of 2,60 meters x 0,87 meters at a projection distance of 10 meters and solves the previous size issue of the AR-HUD. Over the course of ongoing development, further necessary requirements to the vehicle application will be met individually.
Clean and Efficient: Continental Shows How to Combine Lower Emissions with Reduced Fuel Consumption
27th Aachen Colloquium
Continental technology packages open the way for super-clean- and CO2-efficient – hybrids
Continental demonstrates that fuel-efficient diesel engines are capable of achieving real-driving NOx emissions below 35 mg/km, with simultaneous reductions of up to 10 g/km in CO2 emissions
Combined with optimized injection, 48V hybridization also enhances gasoline particulate filter regeneration
Regensburg, Aachen, October 8, 2018. Long before EVs establish themselves as the dominant vehicle technology, electrification has the power to make a big contribution to clean urban mobility. At the 27th Aachen Colloquium (October 8-10), Continental will demonstrate to leading industry experts how 48V hybrid technology can be used to deliver reduced nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions for both diesel and gasoline engines. Continental’s approach combines engine-integrated technology packages with electrically assisted exhaust aftertreatment functions. These new functions, powered by the additional electrical energy generated by a 48V hybrid vehicle, open the way for further advances in both emissions and fuel consumption.
For the beleaguered diesel engine, for example, such measures are more urgent than ever before. Can a way be found to allow drivers to continue using diesel engines without leading to excessive NOx pollution in towns and cities? A Continental demonstration, performed under real-world driving conditions, shows that it can: The NOx emissions of the second-generation “Super Clean Electrified Diesel” remained consistently below 35 mg/km NOx across the entire test cycle, including urban cold-start driving.
“Using the Continental technology packages, it is possible to combine reduced emissions with even more frugal fuel consumption. Equipped with 48V hybridization, diesel engines are able to combine their fuel efficiency with NOx emissions so low they even comply with the NOx limits currently under discussion for the next, even tougher stage in EU emissions legislation. That means the fuel-efficient diesel engine will be able to continue making a contribution to reduced CO2 emissions,” says Wolfgang Breuer, head of the Engine Systems business unit at Continental.
Clean Technology Resolves NOx Issues
Can a C-segment diesel car with Euro 6b type approval be adapted to meet the requirements currently under discussion for the upcoming Euro 7 standard? Taking its Super Clean Electrified Diesel technology, first presented in 2016, as an example, Continental has confirmed that it can. The solutions designed to enable compliance at realistic cost with requirements stricter than those of the future Euro 6d standard, include two SCR catalysts and an EMICAT® electrically heated catalyst. “We set ourselves the target of reducing real-world NOx emissions to less than 35 mg/km, while at the same time also cutting fuel consumption,” says Giovanni Avolio, head of Diesel System Engineering at the Engine Systems business unit. Both goals were met: NOx emissions were reduced to less than 35 mg/km, while CO2 emissions were also reduced by up to 10 g/km.
“With its combination of technology packages and innovative control functions, the demonstrator vehicle achieves seamless compliance with the strict target we set ourselves across all operating conditions, from cold start to high engine load,” Avolio adds. With the hardware packages and new control functions, Continental has met a number of important development goals, allowing the performance of the electric motor to be optimized both in driving mode and recuperation mode, while the electrically heated catalyst EMICAT® enables the engine management to achieve consistently low-CO2 operation sooner. At the same time, the charge status of the 48V battery is managed so that the battery has as much charge in reserve at the end of the journey as when setting out.
Electrification for the Gasoline Engine
One requirement shared by diesel and gasoline engines is that a sufficiently high exhaust system temperature must be maintained across all load conditions if the aftertreatment system is to deliver high conversion efficiency at all times. With this in mind Continental has now developed a catalytic converter for gasoline-powered vehicles featuring two integrated electrically heated discs. “Due to the positioning of these two heated discs (Dual Electrical Heatable Catalyst), it takes only a few seconds for the entire catalytic converter to reach an efficient conversion temperature,” says Thomas Knorr, Group Leader Technology & Innovation at the Powertrain division. The aim of this technology is to help ensure compliance with strict NOx emission standards for gasoline engines.
Another thing that direct-injection gasoline vehicles and diesels increasingly have in common is that more and more gasoline vehicles are now being equipped with a particulate filter (gasoline particulate filter, GPF). As soon as the particulate load in the GPF reaches a given level, the filter must be regenerated. Here too the new technology from Continental can help: “By appropriate control of the two heated discs in the catalytic converter, we can ensure that the second disc also generates the required temperature for regeneration of the downstream GPF by purely electric means,” says Knorr.
Continuing on Course for Success: Supervisory Board Extends Tenure of CEO Elmar Degenhart
The Supervisory Board of Continental AG appoints CEO Dr. Elmar Degenhart for a further five years, until August 11, 2024
José A. Avila to leave Executive Board as at September 30, 2018, and will take on strategic advisory role for electrification technologies
Andreas Wolf assumes responsibility for operations in the Powertrain division together with new management team on October 1, 2018
Hanover/Eislingen, September 27, 2018. At its meeting today, the Supervisory Board of Continental AG, Hanover, extended the tenure of CEO Dr. Elmar Degenhart (59) by another five years to August 11, 2024. In addition, the appointment of José A. Avila (63) as member of the Executive Board was terminated effective September 30, 2018. Until his contract expires as scheduled on December 31, 2019, he will assume advisory duties, including primarily the further development and implementation of Continental’s strategy in the field of battery and electrification technologies. He will report directly to the CEO in this role.
“Since August 2009, under the leadership of Elmar Degenhart as CEO together with the Continental team, the company has achieved top performance industry-wide. Together with his Executive Board colleagues and senior executives, he has geared the organization and company culture toward sustainable and profitable growth in early preparation for the ongoing profound transformation of the automotive industry. The extension of his contract reflects the continuous profitable development of the company. For this, the Supervisory Board is demonstrating its full confidence in him,” said Supervisory Board Chairman Professor Wolfgang Reitzle after the Supervisory Board meeting on Thursday in Eislingen, Germany. “At the same time, we extend our thanks to José A. Avila for his valuable contribution to the successful turnaround of Continental’s powertrain business. Under his leadership, the Powertrain division has once again been back on track for success since 2010, and is now one of the leading suppliers in its field. The Supervisory Board is delighted that José A. Avila will continue to provide the company with his proven expertise in electric mobility,” he added.
“I wish to thank my Executive Board colleagues and the global Continental team for their outstanding commitment and impressive achievements in the past years. At the same time, I am looking forward to working together with our leaders and more than 240,000 employees as we continue to play a major role in shaping the mobility of the future,” said Degenhart.
“The increasing digitalization of all processes and products, the conversion of vehicles to electric drive systems, and the high growth in the fields of automated driving and connectivity have triggered a profound transformation in our industries. The people at Continental form a leading technology company based on their vital expertise that helps our customers deal with this transition successfully,” explained Degenhart, adding: “We are right at the forefront of shaping this transformation. For over eight years now, we have been working on expanding our culture of networking and trust. Strong and confident, Continental is now tackling one of the largest organizational changes in our company’s history, which will help us to continue our rapid, profitable growth and to exploit new business potential.”
Consistent lasting value creation
In this context, Degenhart also pointed out the programs for lasting value creation and in the long term, which have been intensified since the end of August 2018. “We are tackling this challenge swiftly, in a resolute and consistent manner. We have already initiated the first steps and will be keeping you informed about our progress as part of our financial reporting.”
Degenhart, who holds a doctorate in engineering, has been CEO of the company since August 12, 2009, and is currently in his second term, which ends on August 11, 2019. He is directly responsible for Corporate Communications, Quality and Environment, the global lean management program known as Continental Business System, and numerous central functions in the Automotive Group.
Degenhart acknowledged the achievements of his Executive Board colleague José A. Avila: “On behalf of the Executive Board and the global Continental team, I would like to thank José for his many years of outstanding service and commitment, and his valuable contribution as president of the Powertrain division. He assumed this position at a very difficult time. Together with his team, he managed to restore the global competitiveness of the Powertrain business and to make it successful again. I am extremely pleased that in his advisory role through the end of 2019, Continental will benefit from his expertise and experience during the ongoing reorganization.”
With regard to the current process of creating a new group of legal entities (carve-out) from the powertrain business, Degenhart commented: “The leading position of our powertrain business provides a firm basis for its partial IPO, which could be possible starting mid-2019, as well as for the successful shaping of the disruptive development in powertrain engineering, together with our customers. We firmly believe that under new management this business, which is extremely important for climate protection and future mobility, will develop very positively both strategically and operationally.”
Powertrain division under new management starting October 1, 2018
In addition to the combustion drive business, Powertrain will oversee all future business involving hybrid and electric drive systems. It will be under new management starting October 1, 2018. As announced on July 18, 2018, the Powertrain division will be headed by Andreas Wolf (57). He will report directly to CEO Elmar Degenhart.
Wolf was previously in charge of the Body and Security business unit in the Interior division. Under his leadership, this business unit has trippled its sales, became profitable again and continually achieves attractive margins. Furthermore, he was involved in founding the recent joint venture with Osram and was responsible for the carve-out of Continental’s part of the business.
The new management team will consist of Werner Volz (59), head of Finance and Controlling, and, starting January 1, 2019, Ingo Holstein (52), head of HR. Werner Volz is an experienced financial expert who has held managerial positions in various business areas for more than 27 years. He has headed Finance and Controlling in Continental’s Chassis & Safety division since 2008. In particular, he played a major part in the successful restructuring of these areas during the financial crisis in 2008/2009 as well as in the lasting successful growth management of the business with advanced driver assistance systems.
Ingo Holstein has been the head of HR in the Tires division since 2010. He has gathered extensive expertise in the shaping of businesses through personnel work as well as management guidance and development.
Together with their teams, these three will be in charge of creating the group of legal entities and for preparing the partial IPO, which is expected to be possible starting mid-2019. This will ensure the continued development of the upcoming transition in the powertrain business. Continental still does not plan to relinquish control of the powertrain business in the medium or long term.
Andreas Wolf, the new head of the powertrain business, had the following to say about his new position: “We are already working hard to improve our operations now and in the long term, while preparing for potentially accessing capital markets. We are confident that we will be able to expand upon our strong, global position substantially in the coming years.”
Continental will publish its financial report for the first nine months of 2018 on November 8, 2018.
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Citizens’ Dialog at Continental: German Chancellor Talks to Young Adults about Europe
Citizens’ dialog “Let’s Talk About Europe” takes place at Continental in Hanover
Continental contributes “Experiencing Europe” to the debate, an initiative that enables young jobseekers to complete short internships in Europe
Dr. Reinhart, Executive Board member for Human Relations: “The Chancellor’s visit reaffirms our commitment to promoting diversity and solidarity – worldwide and across borders.”
Hanover, September 24, 2018. German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel is visiting Continental in Hanover today as part of the Europe-wide citizen’s dialog “Let’s Talk About Europe”. The technology company is contributing the initiative “Experiencing Europe” to the citizen’s dialog with the Chancellor. This initiative enables young adults to complete short internships in other European countries, thereby creating new opportunities for jobseekers. During her visit, the Chancellor will talk to participants in the program about their experiences while working abroad and discuss what Europe should look like in the future.
Continental’s Executive Board member for Human Relations, Dr. Ariane Reinhart, is pleased with the success of the initiative: “The Chancellor’s visit reaffirms our commitment at Continental to promoting diversity and solidarity – worldwide and across borders. Understanding Europe means experiencing Europe. We want to discover talented individuals and create prospects for them. We are contributing to this with ‘Experiencing Europe’.” As a global technology company, Continental knows only too well how important and valuable dialog across national borders and cultures is: “We put this into practice on a daily basis – in collaborations and also in developing our products,” emphasizes Reinhart.
“Experiencing Europe” initiative launched by Continental in 2017
Continental also feels that it has a responsibility toward young adults facing more difficult conditions when starting their careers. With “Experiencing Europe”, it wants to give them the opportunity to gain positive experiences in a European context. For this, Reinhart launched the Germany-wide initiative with the “We l.o.v.e. Europe” pilot project in summer 2017.
“We want to use the initiative to open up new job prospects while also generating enthusiasm for Europe. This works best when you get to experience Europe personally and meet people from different countries,” explains Reinhart. It has been a success: In the meantime, three participants are undergoing their vocational training at Continental and one participant has started a dual course of study. “There is considerable interest among young adults to participate in ‘Experiencing Europe’. We are pleased about any companies that would also like to support the initiative. The goal is to bring Europe closer to young adults and, at the same time, make them aware of vocational opportunities.
Mobility and mutual understanding as the basis for international success
With more than 243,000 employees worldwide, Continental works day after day to make mobility possible. In doing so, it particularly focuses on future issues such as safety, intelligent connectivity, and cleanliness. “Diversity and solidarity have always been part of Continental’s DNA,” explains Reinhart. “Our team is as diverse as our customers all around the world. In order to develop mobility solutions with them and for them, we have to leave borders behind, master many different languages and technologies, and understand different cultures and needs. This requires openness, trust, and mutual interest. At Continental, we promote this approach all around the world.”
One figure illustrates this very vividly: The Automotive divisions at Continental alone move more than 140 billion components worldwide each year. On average, these components cross national borders four times. Only then do they reach the customer as finished products. “This is possible only because at Continental we work together as a real team – closely interconnected and across all national borders,” says Reinhart.
The more than 44,000 Continental engineers worldwide are constantly working in a global exchange to develop and industrialize new functions and systems. “For the international developments in our industries, we need open, outward-looking people and their ideas,” adds Reinhart. “The more experience of international and intercultural exchange that young people have at an early stage in their training, the more creative and successful they will be later on in our international teams at Continental.”
About “Experiencing Europe”
As part of the initiative launched by Continental, participating companies offer young jobseekers aged 18 to 25 short internships at various locations elsewhere in Europe. Within a month, the participants visit two countries where they complete two consecutive internships each lasting two weeks. As well as Continental, other companies including DHL, Schaeffler, and Schmitz Cargobull are now also involved. Further information is available at: www.ExperiencingEurope.eu