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Leading Automotive, Telecom and ITS companies successfully carry out first Cellular V2X trial in Japan

  • Continental, Ericsson, Nissan, NTT DOCOMO, OKI and Qualcomm Technologies join forces to successfully perform cellular V2X trial as announced beginning of the year
  • Direct and network-based communications between vehicles, to the infrastructure and to vulnerable road users tested under varying conditions
  • Continental evaluates results as promising for the use of C-V2X for future mobility use cases

Yokohama, 13 December 2018. Continental announced today the completion of a joint Cellular V2X trial in Japan together with Ericsson, Nissan, NTT DOCOMO, OKI and Qualcomm Technologies. The companies have successfully conducted Japan’s first C-V2X testing in the country using 5.8 GHz as the experimental radio frequency for direct communication. The use cases were designed to address various aspects of V2X communication, such as Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) and Vehicle-to-Pedestrians (V2P) direct communications, as well as Vehicle-to-Network (V2N) operations. With a combination of direct and network-based communications between vehicles, infrastructure, and vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists, the test results showed that C-V2X can exploit the full potential of connected and intelligent mobility. In addition, the tests also indicated the technology’s strengths for reliability and latency, which assists in enabling the communication of mission critical messages quickly and efficiently. Direct communication provides vehicle to vehicle (V2V), vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle to pedestrian (V2P) and other vulnerable road users connectivity even in the most remote areas where no mobile coverage is available. Under mobile coverage, C-V2X is designed to also enable a vehicle-to-network (V2N) communication link to deliver cloud-based exchanges of information over a longer range, including information on upcoming road conditions or traffic situations

Tested under varying conditions

In their field trials, the companies focused on sending messages directly via cellular V2X technology (PC5). The use cases were tested under varying conditions to evaluate the C-V2X basic communications performance. With test vehicles passing each other at speeds of up to 110 kilometers per hour and with a truck or even buildings blocking the communications both direct and network-based communications were tested.

The companies observed a mean latency of 20 milliseconds for direct communication and a nearly error-free communication even at longer distances such as 1.2 kilometers with unobstructed line-of-sight condition as measured by the C-V2X test system. With these results, the companies demonstrated the performance capabilities of C-V2X. The direct communication technology used in the tests was based on the 3GPP Release 14 specifications.

The companies also demonstrated a wide area V2N communication with end to end average communication latency of 50 milliseconds in NTT DOCOMO’s commercial network in the connected mode state.

The trials took place in multiple test tracks in Japan, where the performance of C-V2X was tested using five scenarios – Do Not Pass Warning, Electronic Emergency Brake Lights, Hazardous Location Warning, Intersection Movement Assist and Vulnerable Road User Warning. These were chosen, to ensure that basic aspects of the communication technology were considered. Thus, the tests did not only focus on V2V communication but also on V2I, V2P and V2N communication under different traffic situations and driving speeds.

Continental, Ericsson, Nissan, NTT DOCOMO, OKI and Qualcomm Technologies join forces to successfully perform cellular V2X trial as announced beginning of the year © Continental AG

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Promising test results achieved

For the trial, Continental used the Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X Reference Design, which features the Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X chipset with integrated Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) capability to build connected car systems and to integrate the systems into Nissan test vehicles. Working with Qualcomm Technologies, Nissan made a test driving plan for C-V2X to be used during the trials at the proving grounds. Bringing in their expertise in roadside unit (RSU) infrastructure and applications, OKI demonstrated V2I as a viable technology for advanced traffic applications by integrating the Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X chipset into their RSU. Ericsson, as one of the leading companies in the technology and service for telecommunication, assisted in testing the V2N use case scenario, combining direct communication and LTE-A network technologies. NTT DOCOMO provided a LTE-A network and V2N applications to demonstrate the benefits of the complementary use of network-based communications for a variety of advanced automotive informational use cases.

Following the positive test results Continental will continue to further develop and investigate the C-V2X technology, globally as well as in Japan to enable an early global deployment. C-V2X will most likely be implemented initially on the 4.5 G (or LTE Advanced Pro) and further on 5G mobile communication standards from 2022 onwards.

“The test trials in Japan have once again confirmed, that cellular V2X communication is well suited to transmit information quickly and reliably between vehicles, the infrastructure and other road users. The possibility to communicate directly as well as via the cellular network dramatically enhances the vehicle’s visibility and enables additional cloud services for the connected and intelligent mobility of the future”, says Johann Hiebl, Head of the Continental business unit, Infotainment & Connectivity.

About C-V2X

C-V2X is a global solution for V2X communications designed to support improved automotive safety, automated driving and traffic efficiency, and is a V2X communication technology compliant with the global 3GPP specifications. C-V2X is composed with direct communication and network-based communication. C-V2X complements Advanced Driver Assistance Systems sensors, such as cameras, radar and Light Detection or LiDAR. C-V2X direct communication mode is firstly specified in 3GPP Release 14 and designed to offer vehicles low latency communications for V2V, V2I and V2P without the involvement of a cellular network, or cellular network subscription, by operating on a designated and harmonized 5.9 GHz ITS spectrum. Network-based communication offer wide area communications for V2N services. Currently, 3GPP is working on further enhancements of C-V2X in 5G.

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More Power in the Automotive Aftermarket: Continental Adds Original Turbochargers to its Product Range

  • Turbochargers for Ford engines to be available at dealers starting in December
  • Product launch in Germany, with additional markets to be added in steps
  • Sales via specialized turbo distributors

Frankfurt, December 13, 2018. The technology company Continental is expanding its range of products for the automotive aftermarket, adding turbochargers as original part. Starting in December, two turbochargers will be offered for Ford engines under the Continental brand. Products for other vehicle makes are planned. “Turbochargers are becoming increasingly important components,” explains Michael Rieth, responsible product manager at Continental. “Owing to downsizing and increasingly strict emissions requirements, more and more OEMs are equipping diesel and gasoline engines with turbochargers in order to boost their efficiency. Turbochargers also play an important role in hybrid vehicles.” With this product Continental for the first time is offering dealers and repair shops in the independent aftermarket the original as a replacement part for repairs. It will be sold via specialized turbocharger distributors, and Continental will extend this step by step to other countries in the EU.

Continental is now offering turbochargers as original part on the automotive aftermarket. © Continental AG

Two turbos for Ford EcoBoost engines

Since 2011, Continental has been supplying the turbocharger for Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, which has been honored several times as “Engine of the Year”. The turbocharger is installed in many high-volume models, including C-Max, Focus, Fiesta and Mondeo. Now Continental’s experts are offering their know-how to the aftermarket. Initially there will be two versions of the turbocharger: one for 100-hp EcoBoost engines and one for EcoBoost engines exceeding 100 hp. A matching valve set will also be offered. “We’re already working on expanding our product line, not just with turbochargers but also with other accessories,” says Rieth. Continental also plans to offer courses in its TrainingCenter.

Sales via turbo specialists for additional service

Continental will be selling these products in cooperation with specialized turbocharger distributors. Through this network workshops will be able to get everything they need for turbocharger repairs: oil lines, seals, heat shields and studs. A service hotline will be available as well.

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Mobiliätsstudie 2018 - CUbE
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Germans Curious About Robo-Taxis and Largely Reject Carsharing

The 2018 Continental Mobility Study

  • Four out of five Chinese respondents would use robo-taxis, along with half of those in the U.S.A. and Japan and one third in Germany
  • Women remain particularly skeptical of driverless taxis
  • CEO Dr. Degenhart: “Very positive responses to our CUbE test platform”

Hanover, November 19, 2018. The 2018 Continental Mobility Study shows that the vast majority of Germans embrace public transport but snub carsharing and carpooling. While one third of respondents would be prepared to use robo-taxis, the majority remain somewhat skeptical. When it comes to current and future mobility services, opinions in Germany differed significantly in some cases from those in the U.S.A., China and Japan, where people are much more open, particularly about robo-taxis.

Intelligent mobility solutions and automated driving functions are an effective means of reducing the stress factor in urban traffic. © Continental AG

For large cities, which are increasingly being stifled by today’s private transport, robo-taxis offer an effective and efficient alternative. They can operate continuously, while private cars are often parked for an average of 23 hours a day. Autonomous robo-taxis can also help people get around enclosed premises such as campuses, amusement parks and shopping malls.

Four out of five Chinese people could imagine using a robo-taxi, along with almost half of respondents in the U.S.A. and Japan. In Germany, city dwellers expressed the most positive attitude toward this concept, with 41 percent willing to consider using driverless taxis. It is striking that, in Germany, all age groups appear less accepting, with no noticeable difference between drivers and non-drivers. Women proved most skeptical, with three quarters saying they would not use a robo-taxi.

33 % of German respondents can imagine using a Robo-Taxi. © Continental AG

“We are convinced that, in the future, driverless vehicles will form the backbone for transporting people and goods in the ever-expanding metropolitan regions around the world. As part of modern mobility, robo-taxis will help to not only reduce traffic jams, accidents and air pollution, but also free up parking spaces in cities. The Continental Mobility Study shows that many people are open to this concept,” says Dr. Elmar Degenhart, chairman of Continental’s Executive Board. “Test drives with our CUbE (Continental Urban Mobility Experience) platform at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicles and at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (Frankfurt UAS) have received excellent feedback from passengers.”

79 % of Chinese people can imagine using a Robo-Taxi. © Continental AG

Chinese respondents are excited by the prospect of robo-taxis, with just 2 percent rejecting the idea completely. Opinions are fairly balanced in the U.S.A. and Japan, with 48 percent approval in the U.S.A. and 45 percent rejection in Japan. While attitudes remain more or less the same across all age groups in Japan, two out of three Americans aged 30 and under could see themselves using a robo-taxi. Over 50 percent of respondents aged 60 and over rejected the idea outright. More than half of city dwellers in Japan and the U.S.A. stated that they would use a driverless taxi.

More than 30 % of motorists are open to new mobility solutions. © Continental AG

Just one third of motorists in Germany, the U.S.A. and Japan are open to existing mobility solutions such as carsharing and carpooling. By contrast, around half of those aged 30 and under in all three countries would be open to these services. Most drivers over 60 in Germany and the U.S.A. (and around a third in Japan) refuse point-blank to use such services. Acceptance may be slightly higher in large cities, but still stands at less than 50 percent. In China, however, three out of four motorists are open to carpooling and carsharing. Even in the over-60 age bracket, around two thirds of Chinese respondents would use these services.

Around 50 % of young motorists are open to new mobility solutions. © Continental AG

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Public transport will continue to play a key role in the future. However, Germany is the only country where demand remains high: Two thirds of drivers and non-drivers surveyed stated that they would prefer public transport, compared with around half of Japanese respondents and four out of ten drivers in the U.S.A. Just one in ten German drivers categorically rejected the idea. Germany stands out in this regard: More than 70 percent of motorists aged 30 and under as well as those over 60 would prefer public transport, along with over 80 percent of city dwellers.

For the 2018 Continental Mobility Study, the technology company commissioned infas, the market and social research institute, to conduct a representative survey of drivers in Germany, the U.S.A., Japan and China. Experts from the world of science as well as from the automotive industry were also interviewed. This makes the study one of the most comprehensive of its kind worldwide on the acceptance of advanced driver assistance systems and automated driving.

Germans curious about Robo-Taxis and largely reject carsharing. © Continental AG


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The Car as Part of the Internet? Yes, Please!

The 2018 Continental Mobility Study

  • Motorists are open to traffic management systems and black boxes for accident analysis
  • But except among young drivers, Germans are skeptical about sharing personal data
  • Helmut Matschi, member of Continental’s Executive Board: Services and offerings providing real added value will find acceptance

Hanover, December 12, 2018. According to the Continental Mobility Study 2018, motorists appreciate the potential benefits of their cars being connected to the Internet. A large majority of people in Germany, the U.S.A., China and Japan utilize offerings and services based on the digitalization and connectivity of vehicles. Traffic management systems such as navigation and guidance systems – including route recommendations and parking displays – are particularly popular.

Around 66 % of people would use connected traffic management systems. © Continental AG

But drivers are much more reluctant to share their driving behavior data with insurers. While around three quarters of respondents in China would be willing to do this, only around half of motorists in Japan and the U.S.A. would do so. The majority of respondents in Germany would not be willing to share their data with insurers: Only four out of ten drivers would be willing to do so, with this figure falling to three out of ten among motorists aged up to 30. The situation among young drivers in the U.S.A. is quite different: Two thirds would be willing to share their driving behavior data in order to gain favorable insurance schemes. The figure among Chinese motorists stands at 80 percent and, in Japan, at a good 50 percent.

80 % of Chinese motorists like connected traffic management systems. © Continental AG

Motorists want service and maintenance recommendations 

Most popular are “black box” systems, which contain data memories that allow driving situations to be reconstructed following accidents. Three out of four drivers in both Germany and the U.S.A. would welcome black boxes, with this figure standing at two thirds in Japan and four fifths in China. Service and maintenance recommendations based on connected vehicle data would also be welcomed, most strongly in China (80 percent) and the U.S.A. (70 percent). In the U.S.A., women in particular would welcome such recommendations (79 percent). There is also significant demand for this in Japan (67 percent) and Germany (56 percent).

“People mainly use service offerings that they understand and that bring them real added value. This is demonstrated by the high degree of acceptance of traffic management solutions. More than 20 years ago, our developers put the first car navigation system into mass production. Today, everyone knows about them and everyone uses them. The service advantages offered by modern smartphones are also readily accepted in cars,” says Helmut Matschi, responsible for the Interior division and member of Continental’s Executive Board.

More than 50 % of Japanese and American motorists would share their drivig data. © Continental AG

The ability to enjoy the benefits of offerings and services based on connected data also often requires drivers to share personal data. But in Germany, less than half of drivers are prepared to do this. In China, three quarters of all respondents across all age groups have no objection to sharing their personal data. Around 60 percent of respondents in the U.S.A. and around half in Japan have no objection to sharing their personal data – albeit with one exception: Less than half of the motorists surveyed in either country are willing to share their data with insurance companies.

42 % of German motorists would share their driving data with their insurer. © Continental AG

“Motorists are facing a dilemma. The ability to enjoy the benefits of offerings and services based on connected data also often requires drivers to share personal data. Less than half of German motorists are prepared to do this, even though sharing data is something we do every day when using smartphones and social media. This is probably why motorists aged up to 30 are more open-minded. More than three-quarters of them have no objection to sharing personal data. Incidentally, this is one of the relatively few areas in the study where the responses received from younger and older people diverge considerably. This motivates us to place the emphasis on data security and to communicate this among all age groups,” says Matschi.

77 % of Chinese motorists would share data about their driving behavior with insurers. © Continental AG

For the Continental Mobility Study 2018, the technology company commissioned the market and social research institute infas to conduct a representative survey of drivers in Germany, the U.S.A., Japan and China. Experts from the world of science and research as well as from the automotive industry were also interviewed. This makes the study one of the most comprehensive of its kind worldwide on the acceptance of advanced driver assistance systems and automated driving.

Connectivity and Digitalization © Continental AG


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Motorists Remain Loyal to Engine Type

The 2018 Continental Mobility Study

  • Study shows that there is currently still a lack of willingness to switch to a different engine type
  • One third of diesel drivers are open to a different drivetrain type
  • Andreas Wolf, head of Continental Powertrain, anticipates “much higher acceptance of alternative drivetrain technologies in the years to come”
  • Germans hold the automotive industry, politicians and environmental protection associations responsible for the diesel crisis

Hanover, December 12, 2018. When it comes to choosing the engine type of their next car, motorists tend to stick to what they know. According to the 2018 Continental Mobility Study, an overwhelming majority – more than 80 percent of respondents in Germany and China and over 90 percent in the U.S.A. – would choose the same type of engine as their current car. The only country open to change is Japan, where at least a quarter of respondents said they would consider a different type of engine.

32 % of Diesel drivers can imagine buying a car with a different engine type. © Continental AG

The drivetrain people use have no bearing on their willingness to change; around 10 percent of motorists surveyed in China and Japan drove hybrid vehicles or electric cars. Over 80 percent of this group said they would remain loyal to electric drivetrain concepts when buying a new car.

“The results clearly show that motorists nowadays still tend to be conservative when choosing engine types and stick to what they know. This is something that must be considered in the move toward electric mobility, along with long-standing concerns regarding vehicle range. Yet we envisage much higher acceptance of alternative drivetrain concepts in the years to come, when there is a broader range of vehicles available and the general conditions become more attractive – such as tax breaks for company cars,” said Andreas Wolf, president of Continental’s Powertrain division.

More than 80 % of people are not willing to change engine type. © Continental AG

For the 2018 Continental Mobility Study, the technology company commissioned market and social research institute infas to conduct a representative survey of drivers in the U.S.A., Japan, China and Germany. Experts from science and the automotive industry were also interviewed. This makes the study one of the most comprehensive of its kind worldwide on mobility requirements and technology trends in the automotive sector.

24 % of Japanese motorists can imagine buying a car with a different engine type. © Continental AG

Diesel: only young motorists show at least some willingness to change

A considerable number of respondents drove a diesel car – around 30 percent in Germany alone. Around a third of these diesel drivers could see themselves switching to another type of engine, with 17 percent actually planning to do so. Aside from diesel drivers, in Germany, only young motorists aged 30 and under show a certain willingness to change, with roughly one in five young drivers saying they would consider a different engine type for their next vehicle.

In Germany, the study also addressed the diesel crisis. It revealed mixed views among respondents in Germany on who is to blame. Twenty-six percent laid the blame with politicians, 11 percent stated a mix of reasons and 6 percent thought that environmental protection associations were responsible. Thirty-nine percent of motorists aged 31–45 blame politicians, as do 40 percent of all respondents in Germany in this age group. Only 50 percent name the automotive industry as exclusively responsible for the diesel crisis.

Andreas Wolf gave his opinion on the current decrease in demand for diesel cars: “It’s a shame that diesel technology is perceived so negatively in spite of all its advantages. Euro 6d diesel vehicles with their state-of-the-art exhaust-gas aftertreatment technology are not only fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly, but also clean – we shouldn’t forget that fact in the heated diesel debate.” Continental has a wide range of technologies on offer to ensure that vehicles comply with current and future nitrogen oxide emission limits – in real-life road conditions and not just on the test bench.

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Motorists remain loyal to current engine type. © Continental AG


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Motorists Want Driver Assistance Systems for Navigating Road Construction Zones

The 2018 Continental Mobility Study

  • Acceptance levels remain high for advanced driver assistance systems
  • Frank Jourdan, member of the Executive Board of Continental AG: “Great potential for preventing accidents”

Hanover, December 12, 2018. When According to the 2018 Continental Mobility Study, advanced driver assistance systems are proving extremely popular: For example, around two thirds of motorists in Germany, the U.S.A. and China would use a system that helped them to negotiate narrow road-construction zones. Approval rates have remained more or less stable in Germany and the U.S.A. over the last five years, and have risen from 55 percent to 68 percent in China.

66 % of motorists in Germany would like a road-construction assistance system. © Continental AG

“Advanced driver assistance systems increase safety and have already prevented many accidents. Emergency brake assistance systems are invaluable when it comes to avoiding rear-end collisions. The anticipatory system identifies an impending risk, warns the driver and supports emergency braking or brakes itself if the driver does not respond in time,” says Frank Jourdan, member of the Executive Board for Continental and responsible for the Chassis & Safety division.

68 % of Chinese motorists would like a road-construction assistance system. © Continental AG

In the 2018 Continental Mobility Study, almost half of motorists in Germany, the U.S.A. and China and a third of Japanese drivers admitted to being involved in rear-end collisions. One in five American motorists also admitted to having been involved in an accident resulting in personal injury; this figure was one in seven in Germany and almost one in ten in China. Respondents were just as likely to report an accident involving collisions with animals and serious damage to the vehicle as a result – one in five in the U.S.A. and Germany, one in seven in China and one in twelve in Japan. “Every accident is one too many. Thanks to our components and systems, we are playing a major role in enhancing road safety. For many years, we have been pursuing our long-term Vision Zero strategy. We will have achieved Vision Zero only when there are no more traffic fatalities, injuries or accidents,” adds Jourdan.

61 % of US motorists would like a road-construction systems. © Continetal AG

For the 2018 Continental Mobility Study, the technology company commissioned infas, the market and social research institute, to conduct a representative survey of drivers in Germany, the U.S.A., Japan and China. Experts from the world of science and research as well as from the automotive industry were also interviewed. This makes the study one of the most comprehensive of its kind worldwide on the acceptance of advanced driver assistance systems and automated driving.

43 % of Japanese people woul happily use a road-construction assistance system. © Continental AG

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Motorists want driver assistance systems for navigating road construction zones. © Continental AG


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Groundbreaking ceremony

Groundbreaking ceremony for Continental’s new plant in Pune

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Continental To Launch Production of Premium Automotive Interior Surfaces in India in 2020

  • Automotive interior materials for Indian automotive industry
  • Investment in state-of-the-art machines and facilities to the tune of some 22 million euros
  • Series production scheduled to start in 2020 with approx. 110-strong workforce
  • Environment-friendly biogas system will supply sustainable energy to plant

Pune, December 11, 2018. Technology company Continental performed the symbolic groundbreaking ceremony in Pune, India today, signaling the start of construction work on a plant to manufacture premium surface materials for the automotive industry. A 12,000 square meters manufacturing facility with an initial annual capacity of 5 million square meters is to be built on the four-hectare plot at a cost of about 22 million euros (18 billion rupees). The factory is scheduled to begin production in 2020 with a workforce of up to 110 employees initially.

Groundbreaking ceremony for Continental’s new plant in Pune © Continental AG

Continental will supply surface materials to the local Indian market from Pune. “India is now rated as the fifth-largest automotive market in the world with huge growth opportunities,” says Dr. Dirk Leiß, who is responsible for the business unit for surface materials at Continental. “And every vehicle needs interior materials for seats, door trims and instrument panels. This investment will enable us in the future to offer our Indian customers local solutions that are manufactured in the market for the market.” It is estimated that the number of vehicles in India could more than double from the current 4.8 million to around ten million by 2025.

Continental will be manufacturing premium surface materials for the Indian automotive industry from 2020 onwards in the Indian city of Pune. © Continental AG

Premium interiors are an important selection criterion for end users

Dr. Dirk Leiß is responsible for the business unit for surface materials at Continental. © Continental AG

The Acella Eco artificial leather that will be produced in Pune from 2020 is already proving popular in India as a replacement for real leather. “Premium interiors are an important selection criterion for the end user,” emphasizes Leiß. The solvent-free and thus low-odor decorative material is hard-wearing and is available in a two-color design.

Continental has already been represented by a sales team in India for six years. It now supplies the country’s five largest vehicle manufacturers and one of the largest motorcycle manufacturers from other plants. “The new plant in Pune will enable us to further improve both our reaction times and responsiveness and lastingly grow our business in India,” says Leiß with conviction. In addition to Acella Eco, the plan is also to manufacture the environmentally compatible Yorn and Yorn Light expanded foils. The interior surface materials offer soft haptics and a broad processing spectrum. They also allow an extensive range of colors and grain designs.

Globally standardized, high quality standards

An environment-friendly biogas system will supply energy to the plant. Air treatment will be carried out in accordance with a stringent global standard for surface production specified by Continental. The plant, which will offer room for further expansion, will include production, warehousing, R&D labs, sales, logistics and product development facilities – and local purchasing. Only environment-friendly ink systems will be used on the shop floor.

Continental produces surface materials in 15 plants around the world and is therefore represented in the key markets in Asia, the Americas and Europe.

Site Manager Landry Tchapda © Continental AG

“We chose Pune as a location because of its closeness to current customers,” explains site manager Landry Tchapda. Numerous vehicle manufacturers and their system suppliers are right on the doorstep. The proximity to the sea port and airport and the large number of further and higher education institutions were further criteria influencing the choice. When choosing the plot in the Kesurdi area of the south of Pune, the industrial zone’s closeness to the Mumbai-Bangalore highway was a deciding factor.

In India, Continental currently has eight plants and 8,000 employees at 15 sites and is planning to increase the workforce size in the country to 10,000 in the next two years. The Continental Technical Centre India (TCI), which employs more than 3,000 engineers at present, is one of Continental’s three system and technology centers worldwide.

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New Head of Investor Relations

  • Bernard Wang (38), Linde plc, to take over on January 1, 2019
  • Engineer with international capital market expertise and many years of experience in investor relations for publicly listed technology companies

Hanover, December 11, 2018. The Investor Relations department of Continental AG in Hanover will be under new management as of January 1, 2019. Bernard Wang (38), who previously held the same position at Linde plc in Munich, Germany, will succeed Rolf Woller (45), who is leaving Continental at his own request at the end of 2018 to pursue new professional challenges.

Bernard Wang, new head of Investor Relations © Continental AG

Wolfgang Schäfer, the technology company’s chief financial officer, welcomed Bernard Wang: "With him we are gaining an internationally experienced executive who is well versed in capital market and technology issues. I firmly believe that he will seamlessly continue and deepen our trusting dialogue with investors and analysts.” He thanked Rolf Woller for his excellent, award-winning work. “During his 12 years with Continental, he was involved in our return to the DAX and the sustained increase in the value of our company, among other things. We would like to thank him for his extraordinary commitment and wish him all the best for the future,” said Schäfer.

Born in Taiwan and a U.S. citizen, Wang studied electrical engineering at Princeton University in the U.S.A., has an MBA from the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in Germany and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder. Between 2001 and 2014, he worked in the chip industry in the U.S.A., Europe and Asia, first as an engineer and then in strategy and investor relations. In 2014, Wang moved from the semiconductor manufacturer Infineon to the gases and engineering company Linde in Munich, Germany, where he has headed the Investor Relations department since the end of 2016.

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Christmas markets

Christmas markets have a very particular charm. That’s why they are extremely popular not just in German-speaking countries, but also worldwide

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More Food Safety at Christmas Markets Thanks to Hose Solutions from Continental

  • German-style Christmas markets are extremely popular worldwide
  • Strict hygiene regulations are in place for booths serving food and drink
  • Certified beverage and drinking water hoses ensure untainted food and drink

Hanover, December 10, 2018. Technology company Continental is helping to ensure food hygiene at Christmas markets thanks to its certified drinking water and beverage hoses.

Who doesn’t enjoy spending a congenial evening together with friends, colleagues or the family at a Christmas market? Not only do Christmas markets have a very special atmosphere with their illuminated stands, the scent of burnt almonds and mulled wine booths, they are also a long-standing tradition in German-speaking countries. As long ago as the 14th century, toy makers, basket weavers and confectioners were permitted to offer the small items for sale at markets during the Advent period that children were given for Christmas; roasted chestnuts and other nuts including almonds were also said to have been sold. Today, the markets are a firm fixture in the run-up to Christmas, and the 1,500 large and around 1,000 smaller Christmas markets in Germany attract more than 85 million visitors a year, according to the Deutscher Schaustellerbund e.V., the organization representing the market traders. In addition, German-style Christmas markets also take place in many other countries around the world. For instance, a “Christkindlmarket” based on the traditional Nuremberg market has been held in Chicago since 1996, while the Frankfurt Christmas market has run a UK offshoot since 2001 in Birmingham that pulls in almost six million visitors every year. European-style Christmas markets have even established a foothold in China. The most authentic Christmas market can be found in Shanghai, where the visitors can enjoy, among other things, German lebkuchen (spiced biscuits), German bratwurst (fried sausages) and, of course, glühwein (mulled wine). After all, what would a visit to a Christmas market be without mulled wine?

To avoid waste, the mulled wine is served in ceramic mugs that often go home with the visitors as souvenirs. Those mugs that find their way back to the traders’ booths have to be thoroughly washed before being refilled with more mulled wine. © © Joscha - Fotolia.com

Cloves, cinnamon and citrus fruit

In Germany, the Christmas market world champion, market researchers estimate that some 50 million liters of mulled wine are drunk each year. Much of this popular winter drink is delivered via wholesalers to the Christmas markets in huge barrels, each holding up to 1.000 liters. Hoses are an essential flexible transport link to transfer the wine into the barrels. Very strict regulations and hygiene specifications are in place to prevent the contents from being contaminated. High-quality materials, extruded inner linings for a longer service life and comprehensive quality controls ensure that Continental beverage hoses are safe, durable equipment. They meet all the statutory regulations and hygiene requirements applicable to food and beverage hoses. They are easy to clean and disinfect. Their homogeneous white inner lining is odor and taste-neutral, which means the special spiced aromas of the mulled wine are not impaired.

According to food legislation, only drinking water may be used to clean mugs, glasses, cutlery and equipment. Drinking water must therefore also be available at booths serving food and drink. The hoses used to carry the water must – like Aquapal – be approved for drinking water. © Continental AG

Mobile drinking water supply for hygienically clean mulled wine mugs

Mulled wine mugs with winter motifs are very typically available at Christmas markets. For some Christmas market visitors they are very popular as souvenirs, so not every mug finds its way back to the booth. Cold or hot drinking water has to be available at the market booths so that the mugs – as required by food hygiene regulations for glasses, cutlery and other equipment – can be thoroughly washed. The hoses used to deliver water must be approved for carrying drinking water and must be correspondingly marked. They must also be undamaged. The Aquapal hose from Continental has been tested by accredited institutes and is one of the very few hoses on the market that is also approved for carrying drinking water in accordance with the new version of the Drinking Water Regulations. The excellent flexibility across a broad temperature range and a weatherproof outer rubber lining that is resistant to oils and fats make it an ideal drinking water hose for almost every application – including outdoors.

Christmas markets have a very particular charm. That’s why they are extremely popular not just in German-speaking countries, but also worldwide © © Calin Stan - Fotolia.com

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Continental Is “Digital Transformer of the Year” 2018

  • Initiative by Vogel Communications Group and _MEDIATE recognizes pioneers of the digital transformation
  • Continental wins award in the “Automotive” category
  • Digitalization permeates all business areas at Continental


Schwalbach, December 10, 2018. The technology company Continental has been named “Digital Transformer of the Year” 2018 in the award ceremony for the DTOY initiative. This digitalization initiative by the Vogel Communications Group, a specialist communication and media provider, and _MEDIATE, a Berlin-based company for accelerating the transformation of established companies, chooses companies in five major sectors of the German economy as pioneers of the digital transformation. Continental came out as the winner in the “Automotive” category.

“Winning the renowned DTOY Award rewards our efforts as a technology company to consistently be a pioneer in our industry when it comes to digitalization. We are particularly pleased that all nominees are suggested by the industry itself, meaning that our activities are very present and accepted on the market,” says Jürgen Braunstetter, head of Automotive Supply Chain Management at Continental.

At the award ceremony, particular emphasis was placed on the “Fast Forward 2030” vision, with which Continental is advancing the digital transformation of supplier management away from a supply chain and towards an autonomous supplier network. This is being done with the support of big data, artificial intelligence and real-time information on demand figures, delivery status, stocks and suppliers’ machine capacities. “At Continental, the digital transformation in supply chain management started with the Smart Face project in 2013. We then developed a vision in 2016 with “Fast Forward 2030” and thanks to cross-departmental collaboration we have already reached a competitive level, as confirmed by the DTOY Award now,” adds Braunstetter.

During the presentation of the award, the implementation of Industry 4.0 projects in two model factories, the establishment of a center of excellence for innovation and technology, and the global introduction of Office 365 and co-pace, Continental’s start-up organization, were also highlighted as particularly forward-thinking with regard to the digital transformation.

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Sebastian Fillenberg

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