Winner Geraint Thomas Team Sky Arc de Triomphe
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Continental becomes one of the five Main Partners of the Tour de France in 2019

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    Continental, official partner of the Tour de France from 2018 to 2022, is upgrading its sponsorship to Main Partner of the race in 2019
  • This year, six teams will be racing on Continental tires
  • Continental is to equip the official Tour vehicles with premium car tires

Hanover, February 18, 2019. On July 6, when the Tour de France begins with the Grand Départ in Brussels, Continental will embark upon its first year as one of the Tour’s five Main Partners – alongside LCL, E.Leclerc, Krys and Skoda. The Main Partners benefit from enhanced visibility, not least when the winners of each stage are presented with their trophies.

Nikolai Setzer, Member of the Executive Board of Continental and Head of Tire Division © Continental AG

“Being a Tour de France sponsor makes the perfect match for our products and corporate values,” says Nikolai Setzer, Member of the Executive Board of Continental AG and Head of the Tire division. “After one year as a ‘smaller’ partner and official tire sponsor, it’s a great pleasure now to play a major role at the most important cycling race in the world. Being a stage-winner partner enables us to create higher visibility for our high-tech tires that stand not only for road safety but also for a passion to win.”

Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France, adds: “The joy of winning a stage is a daily emotion on the Tour de France. The rider that lifts his arms at the finish line, whether he is a many-time victor or takes his only career win, surely experiences one of the highlights of his life. Continental associates its image to these thrills, which are also linked to the notion of performance, defended at the highest level by the brand of tires. The Tour champions, from Brussels to Paris via Saint-Etienne, the Tourmalet or Nîmes, will recognize themselves in this quest for excellence that defines Continental". 

This year, six World Tour teams (Sky, FDJ, Movistar, Bahrain-Merida, Katusha-Alpecin, Sunweb) will be racing on the high-end Competition Pro LTD tire from Continental, specially designed and hand-made in Korbach, Germany. In addition, drivers of the official vehicles of the Tour de France will get to savor the performance of the latest Continental car tire, the PremiumContact 6, which is manufactured in Sarreguemines, France. So when it comes to tires, the Tour de France is a Franco-German success story.

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As one of the five Main Partners to the event, Continental will enjoy greater visibility throughout the Tour. The Continental logo will appear on the arch above the finish line as well as on the “flamme rouge” arch, one kilometer from the finish. After each stage, a representative of Continental will present the trophy to the stage winner on the podium.

The technology company is also making use of its partnership with the Tour de France to promote its “Vision Zero” strategy, for a world without road fatalities, injuries or accidents. This year too, the tire manufacturer will be exploiting the magnetic attraction of the race to call for drivers and cyclists to show more consideration for each other through its “Sharing the Road” and “Stay Wider of the Rider” campaigns. And on its website, Continental will be offering Tour fans tips on traveling to and from the various stages in safety. In addition, well before the riders pass by, the tire manufacturer will again be offering free mobile tire checks for vehicles parked along the route. On the course itself, for the first time ever, dangerous corners will be highlighted for riders and support-vehicle drivers with special warning signs in bright Continental yellow.

The history of tire manufacturing at Continental stretches all the way back to 1892 when the first air-filled “Pneumatics” bicycle tire was produced, while the first car tire followed in 1898. That makes Continental the tire manufacturer with the longest tradition in Germany. Today the company is working to enhance its two-wheeler and car tires by sharing some of the same technologies. By way of example, the “Black Chili” compound provides high grip not only in Continental bicycle tires but in the company’s high-performance car tires as well.

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Continental at the MWC 2019: Putting People at the Heart of Intelligent Mobility

  • Intelligent antenna module 2.0: maximum data rates and ranges for all wireless services
  • In-vehicle server: high-performance computer as the cornerstone of modern E/E architectures
  • Elektrobit: platform combines useful driving information with infotainment applications
  • Smart cities: innovations for smarter and safer cities


Barcelona, 18. February 2019. Mobility and connectivity bring people closer together and help make the world that little bit smaller. Continental is aiming to make our living space safe, intelligent and comfortable. At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in Barcelona, the technology company will unveil the solutions it intends to deploy to achieve this goal.

“Intelligent connectivity is not only the motto for this year’s MWC, but also our solution for making the mobility of tomorrow safe, comfortable and intelligent,” said Helmut Matschi, Continental AG Executive Board member and head of the Interior division. “We are putting people at the heart of intelligent mobility. In Barcelona, our solutions from the fields of vehicle connectivity, software, high-performance computing and smart cities will all focus on the user benefits.”

Enhanced vehicle antenna

With the new generation of intelligent antenna modules, Continental is using a special connectivity solution to replace the array of individual antennas currently scattered around vehicles, combining them with the required electronics in a single hardware module. At the MWC 2019, the company will present the latest generation of the module. This features an ultra-flat design thanks to the new space-saving concept, with the antenna structure integrated in the module’s printed circuit board. This optimizes usage of the installation space because the kind of antennas that were previously essential such as fin-shaped antennas on the vehicle roof are no longer necessary. The development also offers impressive performance: It is 5G-ready and features 4x4 multiple-input multiple-output technology, enabling data to be transferred simultaneously over multiple transmitter and receiver channels. This means that the intelligent antenna module can already deliver maximum data rates and ranges for all wireless services. With its recent successful acquisition of antenna specialist Kathrein Automotive, Continental is also expanding its expertise in the field of vehicle connectivity.

The new generation of the Intelligent Antenna Module with significantly increased performance. © Continental AG

Central processing unit in server-based E/E architecture

The global trends in the automotive industry require new approaches to the vehicle architecture. This is why Continental developed the in-vehicle server to act as the cornerstone of modern E/E architectures. This high-performance computer contains application software for a range of predefined functions and serves as a platform for third-party software and services. As a communication interface, and in combination with the intelligent antenna module, the in-vehicle server also acts as a network manager, is a central architectural element for wireless software updates and remote maintenance and a key element for vehicle cyber security. Elektrobit’s software management expertise and Argus’ cyber security solutions form the key pillars of this technology.

Continental´s in-vehicle server is the heart of modern E/E architectures. © Continental AG

Elektrobit solutions enhance safety and the user experience

With its vehicle software solutions, Elektrobit is shaping the Internet of Everything and creating a new user experience in the process. At the MWC, the Continental subsidiary will present a cockpit software platform – a controller solution that combines useful driving information with infotainment applications. This ensures that the various elements of the human-machine interface and the multimedia content are coordinated. This solution is perfect above all for car-sharing and multi-user management, in which users can customize interfaces and personalize their driving experience as they wish.

Over-the-air software updates ensure that applications are always up to date and have the highest level of system security. With EB cadian Sync, Elektrobit will demonstrate how to carry out a firmware update for multiple integrated, conventional and high-performance control units.

Innovations for smarter and safer cities

In the future, digitalization will transform our cities into intelligent mobile ecosystems. To actively shape this transformation, Continental is integrating its automotive expertise in the infrastructure of tomorrow – for example with its intelligent street lamp concept comprising secure connectivity and sensor technology. As a valuable source of data, the intelligent street lamp also supports the development of smart cities.

The intelligent street lamp integrates connectivity and sensor technology for smart cities. © Continental AG

Continental’s end-to-end smart parking solution recognizes, calculates and allocates available parking spaces in real time and calculates the charges for parking at the side of the road, off the road and in unrestricted parking spaces. This will reduce congestion, improve the flow of traffic and enhance the quality of life in the smart city.

Continental's end-to-end solution for smart parking. © Continental AG

Visitors to the MWC Barcelona can find Continental from February 25 to 28, 2019 in Hall 6, Booth B50. Continental will also be holding a press conference together with Hewlett Packard Enterprise on the topic “Data-Monetization Platform” on February 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the HPE Booth, Hall 3, E11.

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Smart Air Spring System from Continental for Enhanced Efficiency in the Construction and Mining Sectors

  • Smart air spring provides operational status information and enables predictive maintenance

Hanover, February 2019. Technology company Continental has developed a new air spring system with integral sensor technology that provides continuous operational status information in real time. Everyday operations in the construction and mining sectors will gain in efficiency as a result of the smart air spring: continuous condition monitoring offers operators of construction machinery valuable assistance in ensuring trouble-free and efficient operations. Continental’s system represents a fundamental contribution to the digitalization of air spring applications.

Air springs from Continental effectively reduce vibrations. In future, the air spring will provide information on pressure, temperature and positioning thanks to integrated sensor technology. © Continental AG

Construction machines and equipment deliver peak performance day in, day out – in a demanding environment. It’s a rare construction site indeed that does not have to contend with dust, mud and dirt. Which means the machine components also have to cope with them. The problem is that up till now, i.e. with a conventional air spring, users received almost no operational status information. They had to rely simply on what they could see from the outside or on their subjective perception. Changing that was one of the Continental engineers’ aims when working on the air spring with integral sensor technology. “This development is a milestone in air spring technology. We’re ushering in the next stage in digitalization. The air spring has been made smart, enabling it therefore to communicate with the user,” says Herwig Peters, who is responsible for industrial applications of air spring systems at Continental.

Precise condition details

Everyday operations in industrial applications will gain in efficiency as a result of the smart air spring. The air spring can now supply precise and reliable information on its status, e.g. pressure, temperature and height. The air spring’s operating height can be displayed accurately and dependably. “The purpose of the integrated-sensor air spring system is to make a globally established system such as the air spring even safer, simpler and more efficient for customers – and thus also all the associated operations and processes, particularly in the fields of control and monitoring,” says Carsten Klages, sales manager for industrial applications at Air Spring Systems.

Rugged air spring, sophisticated electronics

But how do you manage to marry a rugged air spring, as used in construction machinery, with sophisticated electronics? “The greatest challenge in incorporating the sensor system really lay in integrating the fine wiring of the electronics in the product such that the air spring properties are not changed and the electronic system is not damaged,” reports Klages. The Continental experts resolved this demanding brief by means of a specially developed adapter. This ensures a reliable connection between the air spring and the sensor system. “We now have two cables: one to connect the air spring control system and the other for the data connection,” explains Klages. The sensor now measures the air spring’s mechanical status completely automatically. “This information is then transmitted to the machine controller. That is the necessary prerequisite for predictive maintenance or safety. As in the past, we will stay in close consultation with our customers while driving the development of such systems to ensure they are directly tailored to their needs,” says Klages.

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Gilles Mabire appointed new head of Continental’s Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket Business Unit

  • Previous head of Continental in France and CEO of Continental Automotive France will assume new position on April 1, 2019
  • More than 20 years of experience in different senior automotive positions
  • Responsibilities will include commercial vehicle solutions for automated driving, fleet management and telematics, spare parts for the passenger car aftermarket and products and services for Intelligent Transportation Systems

Gilles Mabire (46) is the new head of Continental’s Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket Business Unit. © Continental AG

​​​​​​​Villingen-Schwenningen, February 12, 2019. The technology company Continental has appointed Gilles Mabire as the new head of the Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket Business Unit (CVAM). Mabire, 46, will take over his new position on April 1, 2019. He succeeds Dr. Michael Ruf, who is pursuing new opportunities outside Continental after having successfully led the business unit over the last 10 years. CVAM, which is part of the Interior Division, accommodates the specific requirements of the commercial vehicle and special vehicle markets as well as the passenger car aftermarket. The business unit is also responsible for products relating to Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), which connect users and vehicles with the transport infrastructure, with a focus on services and new functions.

Gilles Mabire has been with Continental for more than ten years. He holds an electrical and mechanical engineering degree from the ESME Sudria Engineering School in Paris. Mabire has more than 20 years of experience in various management positions in the automotive industry. Prior to his appointment, he was in charge of Continental’s operations in France.

Gilles Mabire started his career in 1996 as a project engineer in France’s automotive supplier industry. In 2000, he joined Siemens VDO Automotive as a key account manager in the Powertrain Division. Three years later, he became System Project Manager in the Body & Security Business Unit for a major European automotive manufacturer. In 2006, he joined Siemens VDO in Rambouillet, which became part of Continental in 2009. Here he managed the Infotainment & Connectivity Business Unit activities for a major French car group. In 2010, he became head of Continental Automotive France, and in 2013 he assumed responsibility for all business with European car manufacturers in the Infotainment & Connectivity Business Unit. In 2018, he was additionally put in charge of all of the company’s activities in France.

The CVAM Business Unit: Specialized in the needs of commercial vehicles, aftermarket and ITS

A part of Continental’s Interior Division, the Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket Business Unit (CVAM) develops solutions to meet the specific requirements of the commercial vehicle and special vehicle markets as well as the passenger car aftermarket. Its portfolio also includes Intelligent Transportation Systems. In the commercial and special vehicle sector, CVAM offers a wide range of electronic solutions such as components and solutions for driving assistance systems and automated driving as well as instruments, displays and electronic control units. The portfolio also includes a wide range of data-based services, fleet management solutions and tachographs for commercial vehicle fleets. In North America, CVAM offers fleet management solutions for trucks and school buses under the Zonar brand. In the passenger car aftermarket, CVAM offers a broad selection of spare parts and services for the independent aftermarket, covering the brands Continental, VDO, ATE, Galfer and Barum. It offers brake wear and tear parts, electronic spare parts as well as diagnostic solutions and connectivity-based services such as standardized remote access to manufacturer-specific car data. Original Equipment Services after the end of series production of the vehicle manufacturer round off the range of aftermarket solutions offered by CVAM.

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Continental Signs Strategic Cooperation Agreement with the University of Debrecen

  • Continental provides practical training valuable in the labour market and subsequent job opportunities for graduate students
  • With its educational, research and other related professional activities Continental supports the University of Debrecen to create value together in the region
  • The agreement was signed on the behalf of the University of Debrecen by Dr. Zoltán Szilvássy, Rector, and on the behalf of Continental Lukas Juranek, Managing Director, on the 8th of February at the University of Debrecen

 

February 11, 2019, Debrecen, Hungary – According to the ceremonially signed agreement the Debrecen plant of Continental Powertrain Hungary Kft. is set to join the courses of the University of Debrecen from the 2019/2020 academic year, which means that students will be able to study Continental-specific educational modules on the faculties of electrical engineering, mechatronics engineering, mechanical engineering and plastic engineering.

Continental technology company organizes internships and provides practical training for the students of the University of Debrecen, and offers job opportunities to selected students. The company also supports the university students through further training programs and graduate applications, and cooperates with adult education programs as well.

The company shares the University of Debrecen’s initiative to increase the rank and appeal of the engineering profession and therefore contributes to the promotion of the relevant faculties. Continental has also offered to provide the students participation in research and development projects, supporting the training of talents set to shape the future. In order to promote science and educational plans and share knowledge, study tours and visits will be organized within the Continental company group for the students and professors of the university. 

Prof. Dr. Zoltán Szilvássy, Rector of the University of Debrecen and Lukas Juranek Managing Director of Continental Debrecen (left) © Continental AG

László Palkovics, Government Commissioner for Vehicle Development, expressed his satisfaction with the signing, welcoming the fact that the companies in the region are striving for a link with the university’s knowledge base. He added that the joint training and R&D collaborations with the university underpin the development of the region’s automotive ecosystem, and push forward the evolution and operation of companies in the right direction, while the students taking part in company programs are offered practical knowledge and career opportunities they can leverage in the future.

On the behalf of the university Dr. Zoltán Szilvássy, Rector of the University of Debrecen, and on the behalf of Continental Lukas Juranek, Managing Director, Continental Debrecen signed the agreement. “The goal of our company is to play an active part of the city’s development and to contribute to a sustainable and valuable outlook. Education and learning, as key elements of any kind of development, are priority areas, therefore we would like to work together in this regard with Debrecen and the educational institutions of the city. With this role, Continental brings new knowledge and innovation to Hungary, which improves the country’s competitiveness.” – said Lukas Juranek, Managing Director of Continental’s Debrecen location.

Lukas Juranek Managing Director of Continental Debrecen © Continental AG

„More and more technical companies using advanced technology have appeared in Debrecen and the region in recent years. The labor market demands occurring in the area necessitated the development of the university’s technical and IT training. To this end the institution established the Technical and Information Technology Cabinet with the cooperation of former under-secretary and current minister László Palkovics, the first and only vehicle science academician in Hungary. Our goal is to support research and development in addition to the education of the new generation.” – said Prof. Dr. Zoltán Szilvéssy, Rector.

After the signing László Papp, Mayor, said: “Continental brings the most up-to-date knowledge and technology, a modern working culture, new ways of thinking, and thus development to the city. The development of an industry that has become decisive for the future of Debrecen as well as the whole country over recent years and decades. The presence of Continental also creates a need for knowledge in the city, and its fulfillment requires the most serious and committed cooperation between the city, the government and the University of Debrecen. That is what gives the agreement we signed today special importance.”

The cooperation agreement was signed by Prof. Dr. Zoltán Szilvássy, Rector of the University of Debrecen and Lukas Juranek Managing Director of Continental Debrecen (left) © Continental AG

The technology company announced in February 2018 that it would set up another plant in Hungary to expand its activities in the field of automotive electronics. The foundation stone was laid in September 2018 and with the investment Continental creates 450 new jobs in Debrecen.

The agreement with the University of Debrecen fits well into the initiative which has already overseen the cooperation between Continental’s Budapest location and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, the Veszprém plant and the University of Pannonia, Makó’s ContiTech Fluid and the University of Szeged, the Vác site and the Szent István University, ContiTech Magyarország Kft. at Nyíregyháza with the universities of Nyíregyháza and Debrecen, and Continental Hungaria Kft. and the Óbuda University.

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Continental remains committed to the oil and gas industry despite the large fluctuations in the oil price in recent months.

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Continental Committed to Oil and Gas Industry

  • Customers in the North Sea Region benefit from long-term industry know-how
  • Focus on high-pressure and hose management to service clients more effectively
  • More than €7 million invested in hose plant, further investments planned for 2019
  • Hose assembly, fitting and coupling activities in Ashington will cease during 2019

Hamburg, Germany, February 6, 2019. The technology company Continental remains committed to the oil and gas industry despite the large fluctuations in the oil price in recent months. “Volatility is becoming a constant in the oil and gas industry. Crude oil and natural gas prices have been rising and falling even faster than we experienced ten years ago. Volatility creates uncertainty,” explained Maximilian Schwaiger, who is responsible within Continental for industrial fluid solutions in the Europe, Middle East, Africa region. He added: “Companies which have the ability to handle that volatility will make the pace in the future. We believe that this dynamic situation represents an opportunity for us to better service our customers’ needs.”

Continental remains committed to the oil and gas industry despite the large fluctuations in the oil price in recent months. © Continental AG

Continental has invested more than €7 million in recent years in modernizing existing machinery, expanding capacity and installing new testing equipment in its industrial hose plant in Grimsby, UK. At the same time, the company wants to increase its competitiveness to better strive for operational excellence. That’s why it has decided that the hose assembly as well as fittings and coupling activities in the Ashington plant will cease during 2019, affecting up to 50 employees. “This decision wasn’t easy but, unfortunately, it was unavoidable and necessary. We have completed the consultation phase and we have established an internal process for those interested in other job vacancies within the company. We are also in close contact with the local Jobcentre Plus to identify alternative options in the region,” Schwaiger said.

The oil and gas industry is moving ahead with its focus on safety, environmental protection and operating efficiency, especially in offshore applications. In the future, a services-and-solutions approach benefiting those needs will become key. “That’s why we are transforming our business approach into a more service-orientated business model,” emphasized Schwaiger. An experienced and dedicated sales and service team based at a new location in the county of Northumberland in the North East of England will serve their high-pressure and hose management clients more effectively.

Continental provides services for offshore applications including tailored solutions for asset management, maintenance, hose assembly inspection, testing services, external inspection, internal borescope inspection, high-pressure testing and recertification. In addition, the company inspects and maintains hose reeling equipment, such as bunker stations and offloading systems.

Continental has been active in flexible hose technology for well over 60 years. The Grimsby facility, which will remain untouched, was founded in 1955 in the English coastal town in North East Lincolnshire and supplied the world’s first marine oil transfer hose in 1958. The company manufactures and supplies hoses for the oil, gas and petrochemical industry.

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VDA Logistics Award
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Digital Supply Chain: Continental Wins VDA Logistics Award 2019

  • Continental impresses the jury with an integrated and modern supply chain concept for risk and allocation management
  • Cloud solution with intelligent algorithms for real-time supply chain analysis
  • Continuous digital monitoring of capacity risks in cooperation with the supplier
  • The VDA Logistik Award recognizes logistics projects that serve as role models for the entire industry

Regensburg/München, February 6, 2019. Continental has won the 2019 VDA Logistik Award, impressing the jury with its solution for integrated risk and allocation management. Not only are vehicles becoming increasingly connected and communicating with each other and their environment, Continental’s increasingly complex supply chains are also benefiting from digitalization. Intelligent supply chain management allows even more strategic coordination of the supply network and helps to, for example, identify and avoid raw materials bottlenecks at an earlier stage and process them much more effectively. With “Supply Risk Management 4.0”, Continental has developed a concept that significantly reduces supply risk.

Simone Corres, Referent Supply Chain Risk and Process Management, Petra Becker, Head of Supply Network and SC Risk Management, Jürgen Braunstetter, Head of Supply Chain Management Automotive, Tatjana Wagner, Manager Organizational Development Automotive IT, Continental (f.l.t.r.) © Continental AG

The company is using a cloud solution with intelligent algorithms that enable risk management experts to quickly identify whether material supply failures could cause bottlenecks. As a result, countermeasures such as the redistribution of stocks or production programs can be taken in good time and customer delivery disruptions avoided. The lead time to information in the event of possible delivery disruptions is also significantly shortened – from days to hours. In addition, this solution facilitates integrated risk management for component supply and serves as a fully integrated interface between Continental and its suppliers. Risk prevention is supported by advanced methods from the field of data analytics (data mining, descriptive and predictive analytics, alerts) and the use of big data and cloud technology.

The Continental team at the award ceremony. © Continental AG

“Thanks to Risk Management 4.0, our vision of the digital supply chain is becoming a reality. With our connected supply chain, we can achieve greater efficiency and security and react flexibly to increasingly complex conditions,” explains Jürgen Braunstetter, Head of Automotive Supply Chain Management at Continental. “I am very proud that the entire Continental team impressed the VDA Logistik Award jury with their extraordinary performance.”

Bernhard Mattes, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), speaking at the award ceremony during the Automobile Logistics Forum in Munich: “The VDA Logistik Award honors logistics projects that serve as role models for the entire industry and show how automotive logistics makes a decisive contribution to the success of our industry. With their concept, this year’s award winners have provided an exemplary demonstration of how rapidly the automotive industry is advancing in digitalizing its supply chain. The winning concept is testament to what digital, connected Supply Chain Management 4.0 can achieve.”

Significant results

Continental is already achieving significant results with the new concept. In addition to greater process transparency and early notification of any supply bottlenecks, the concept has helped to save costs in the supply chain. “Customer satisfaction is our top priority,” explains Petra Becker, Vice President of Supply Network & Supply Chain Risk Management at Continental. “With this concept, we can identify supply bottlenecks at an early stage so that we can intervene proactively and instantly make global statements regarding the delivery situation.” The sustainability of the value chain is also increasing: special deliveries, production downtime and capacity adjustment costs are avoided, while at the same time Continental employees can use real solutions in the digital world.

The fact that Continental is on the right track regarding the digital transformation of all corporate divisions is also demonstrated by its “Digital Transformer of the Year” 2018 award, which the Vogel Communications Group and _MEDIATE presents to pioneers of digital transformation. “The award placed special emphasis on the “Fast Forward 2030” vision, whereby we are advancing the digital transformation of supplier management away from a supply chain and toward an autonomous supplier network,” explains Braunstetter.

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Ice Contact 3
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New IceContact 3 from Continental offers even greater safety in Nordic winters

  • New studded tire presents best handling properties on ice and snow, wet and dry roads
  • New “TwinStud” technology delivers more grip on ice
  • Handling properties show an improvement of up to nine percent over predecessor

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​​​​​​​Hanover, February 2019. With the IceContact 3, Continental has added a new studded tire to its portfolio for use in Scandinavia and Northeastern Europe. The tire manufacturer has introduced a new stud technology called “TwinStud” which represents substantial progress in terms of the active safety of studded winter tires. Compared to the tried and tested predecessor model, this leads to a nine percent improvement in dry handling and a seven percent reduction in susceptibility to aquaplaning. Grip on icy roads also shows a three percent improvement. By vulcanizing the studs into the tires at the production stage Continental has now virtually excluded any subsequent stud loss. At start of production, Continental plans to manufacture 77 variants for rims of between 14 and 21 inches, including some with SSR runflat properties and with ContiSilent and ContiSeal technology.

The new tire represents substantial progress for the tire industry and the key lies in a combination of innovative stud technology, a rubber compound specially adapted to the very low winter temperatures in high northern latitudes, and a specially developed directional tread. With the new “TwinStud” concept, the tire engineers at Continental have combined two different shapes of stud in one tire. The studs are distributed over the tread in line with a computer algorithm. With the vehicle in motion, one of the “twins” is designed to deliver grip particularly during acceleration and braking, while the other delivers high grip on cornering. This makes for shorter braking distances and also for more precise handling during sudden evasive action.

The tire developers have adapted the rubber compound in the IceContact 3 to suit the needs of studded tires, not least by adding rapeseed oil to the mix. As a result, the IceContact 3 can build up high levels of grip on snow and slush, too. Wide tread grooves between the blocks of the directional tread are quick to take up slush and water and disperse it to the sides, maintaining a broad contact patch between tire and road. On top of this, the development engineers have included additional lateral edges between the tread elements that improve handling on snow-covered roads without impacting on the remaining winter handling properties.

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Cordula Ressing

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Klaus Engelhart

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Ice Contact 3
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Continental introduces innovative ContiFlexStud technology in volume production in new IceContact 3

  • New ContiFlexStud technology delivers 7 percent more grip on ice, greater comfort and 20 percent lower road wear – and helps avoid stud loss
  • New IceContact 3 manufactured with this technology in sizes from 17-inch upwards

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​​​​​​​Hanover, February 2019. With its new ContiFlexStud technology, Continental has made substantial progress in terms of the active safety and performance of studded winter tires. The innovative studs are now being produced exclusively for the new IceContact 3 winter tire in sizes from 17-inch upwards. Tires of this size are normally found on larger, heavier vehicles that require higher levels of extra grip in Nordic winters.

Over the tire’s full service life, the new stud technology delivers greater comfort and a marked reduction in road wear. “Conventional studs were never able to fully penetrate the ice on the road surface, because their rigid aluminum jacket prevented this happening,” explains Marco Gellings, Head of Winter Tire Development at Continental. “Our rubber-jacketed ContiFlexStuds enable the carbide pins to bite deeper into the ice. As a result, each of these new studs delivers around seven percent more grip on ice – which means a major gain in active safety.” In addition, the studs are vulcanized into the tire at the production stage, virtually excluding any subsequent stud loss. Winter tires with these studs inserted deliver much higher safe mileage than in the past. And the more flexible studs generate tire/road noise that is much more pleasant than with conventional aluminum-jacket studs.

The road surface itself also benefits from the new ContiFlexStuds: The new studs can adapt more flexibly to the rough road surface, leading to 20 percent less road wear than with conventional studs. And as rubber is far more resistant to wear in contact with the road than aluminum, the wear of the studs themselves is reduced, leading to a further improvement in durability. This also brings benefits in terms of comfort: As the rubber body of the studs flexes on contact with the pavement, tire/road noise is far quieter and easier on the ear.

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Klaus Engelhart

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The Entry-Level Model – Continental Launches New TPMS Go Tool

  • Fast checking and programming of almost all tire pressure sensors for passenger cars
  • Predestined to be a second device – TPMS Go is practical, rugged and economical

Frankfurt, February 2019 – practical, rugged and economical: The technology company Continental has launched a new universal service tool for tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS). With the VDO TPMS Go device, workshops can not only program all common universal sensors for cars, but also read out nearly every TPMS sensor on the market. The TPMS Go combines the most important functions of the already-established VDO TPMS Pro device with a practical design, making it suitable as a supplement to a diagnostic device or as a slim and inexpensive first-choice device. “Our goal is to provide comprehensive support to workshops everywhere. That’s why we’re delighted to be able to offer more options for tire service with the TPMS Go, regardless of whether the workshop wants to join the TPMS world or expand its TPMS options,” says Peter Wagner, Head of the Independent Aftermarket business segment at Continental.

Extensive database, simple user interface

The TPMS Go can be used to display information such as the TPMS sensor ID, battery status, tire air temperature and tire pressure. “It’s a perfect choice for workshops that want to add TPMS to their range of services,” says Filip Kevilj, TPMS Tools Product Manager at Continental. Workshops that are already using a TPMS diagnostic tool like the TPMS Pro can also benefit from purchasing the TPMS Go. While the TPMS Pro has some additional options, like teaching sensors via the OBD II interface, the TPMS Go is particularly practical and is ideal as a second device, e.g. for a quick check during vehicle reception or if the larger TPMS tool is being used for another vehicle.

Practical, rugged and economical – the VDO TPMS Go is the perfect entry-level or second device for working with tire pressure monitoring systems. © Continental AG

The VDO TPMS Go has an extensive, built-in database that provides a wealth of information about TPMS sensors, such as spare part numbers and torques. The database covers all OE sensors worldwide and also the most common universal sensors. Thanks to its compact, rugged design and simple, ergonomic, easy-to-understand user interface, the TPMS Go makes technicians’ work a lot easier, since it enables them to react more flexibly and quickly. One example of this is performing an easy, quick check on tire pressure sensors while the car is still on the parking lot. “In a situation like this, the TPMS Go is an important and extremely practical tool,” says Filip Kevilj.

Update license for two years for all common sensor brands

Another decisive advantage of the device is the provision of updates and licenses. “Nowadays, a product is characterized by how well it covers the vehicle and sensor database and how often the database is updated,” says Kevilj. “The TPMS Go receives monthly database updates, so it always has the latest protocols and information on the vehicle models and sensors.” Users can perform updates via the WebTPM PC software, and unlike other comparable tools on the market, the TPMS Go offers a two-year license for updates to all common and programmable sensor brands.

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Oliver Heil

Oliver Heil Manager Media Relations Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket Continental Phone: +49 69 7603-9406 Fax: +49 69 7603 88 9406 E-mail: