Continental, Osram planning automotive lighting solutions JV

Germany’s Continental AG intends to enter into a non-tyre joint venture with lighting manufacturer Osram. Each firm will hold a 50 per cent stake in Osram Continental GmbH, and through this venture the partners aim to “combine innovative lighting technology with electronics and software to develop, manufacture and market intelligent lighting solutions for the automotive industry.” Projected sales for the Munich-registered business lie in the mid-triple-digit-million-euro range.

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Continental’s Andreas Gerstenberger Tells Hose Conference Attendees To View Global Changes As Opportunities

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Speaking to a group of industry executives at the 2017 Annual Hose Conference, Andreas Gerstenberger, Continental’s executive vice president of industrial fluid solutions, said there are megatrends developing in the automotive and industrial hose businesses and those developments are not threats but opportunities.

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Continental: Speaker-less Audio Saves Weight

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While seats get a lot of the focus when talk turns to lightweighting interiors, other elements in the cabin can be portly, too.

Take for instance the audio system. Alone one speaker is not too hefty, but six speakers with chunky magnets – a common setup in the average mass-market sedan – can account for 55 lbs. (25 kg) of added curb weight.

A 12-speaker setup, common in most luxury sedans, weighs in at a not too-lean 88 lbs. (40 kg), Continental estimates.

Armed with this knowledge, the German supplier has devised a way to take as much as 90% of the weight out of a traditional audio system, which includes at least one amplifier as well.

The Tier 1 supplier is proposing swapping speakers for actuators, a device similar to a speaker’s core that is the size of a small cookie. …

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Michelin Replacing Continental as IMSA Partner

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Continental Tire the Americas is ending its sponsorship of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) at the end of the contract term in 2018. Michelin North America will serve as official sponsor of the series starting in 2019.

“The significance of this expanded partnership with Michelin, one of the world’s most recognized premium brands, cannot be overstated,” said Scott Atherton, IMSA president.

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Conti introduces two tire technology concepts

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Hanover, Germany – Germany tire and technology company Continental AG has introduced two concept tires which are aimed at improving safety.

ContiAdapt combines micro-compressors integrated into the wheel to adjust the tire pressure with a variable-width rim.

The system can modify the size of the contact patch, which under different road conditions is a decisive factor for both safety and comfort.

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Continental Unleashing Torrent of Tech at Frankfurt

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The cars will be the stars at next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show, but some of the most interesting and talked-about new features will be coming from suppliers, including technology that can look into drivers’ eyes and read their mind (well, almost), to dazzling audio systems that don’t use speakers and wireless inductive charging systems for battery-electric vehicles.

Earlier this year Continental, one of the world’s largest and most diversified auto suppliers, gave journalists a preview of the multitude of products it will introduce at Frankfurt.

It was like trying to drink from the proverbial fire hose.

 

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Tire makers eye strong finish to 2017

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AKRON—Despite relatively lackluster first-half financial performances, tire makers for the most part are optimistic about their second half and fiscal 2017 earnings prospects.

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Global tire rankings: Bridgestone reigns supreme again

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AKRON —Status quo reigned over the 2017 global tire rankings, even as the estimated value of the entire industry declined for a third straight year.

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Continental Tires picked as OE tires for new Volvo XC 60

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Volvo Cars has approved the ContiEcoContact 5, the ContiSportContact 5 and the ContiCrossContact LX Sport in sizes 235/60 R 18, 235/55 R 19 and 255/45 R 20 for use as original equipment on the new Volvo XC 60.

All the tires are marked with the abbreviation “VOL” after the tire size to distinguish the Volvo Cars original equipment specification from the regular version.

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Tire makers commit more than $7.3B on new plants, expansions

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AKRON — The world’s leading tire makers committed more than $7.3 billion in the past year toward new plants and capacity expansions, a measurable drop from record spending of $10 billion-plus in 2015-16 but still ahead of the annualized average for the past decade.

The investment sum was buoyed by nearly $3.3 billion in spending on acquisitions, deals that involved companies with collective annual sales of more than $2.5 billion — including Qingdao Doublestar Tire Co. Ltd.’s still-pending $830 million bid to buy what amounts to a controlling interest in South Korea’s Kumho Tire Co. Inc.

Read the source article at Tire Business