GRANBY, Quebec—Continental’s ContiTech division has completed a project at its hose factory in Granby that makes production there largely automated.
Continental has opened a new US$10m Advanced Indoor Evaluation Center at its Uvalde, Texas proving ground to increase the speed at which it develops new technologies. The facility closely mimics Continental’s other worldwide indoor test centers and will provide additional capacity to the tire maker’s other test sites.
In this Q&A interview, Dr Wolfram Herrmann, head of R&D materials at ContiTech AG, addresses challenges and opportunities facing the rubber products industry.
BERLIN — Continental is seeking deeper cost cuts after second-quarter net profit fell 41 percent, hit by lower vehicle demand in China and steep investments for electric and autonomous cars. “We are responding to the declining market by ensuring rigorous cost discipline and enhancing our competitiveness,” CEO Elmar Degenhart said in a statement. Net profit declined to 485 million euros ($543 million) while revenues were down 1 percent and came in at 11.26 billion euros.
Sales for the year are now expected to be around 44 billion to 45 billion euros ($50.44 billion), down from a previous estimate of 45 billion to 47 billion euros, the supplier said.
HANOVER, Germany — The first fully autonomous vehicles able to handle all conditions on public roads — and potentially replacing private car ownership, will probably not appear until after 2030, said Continental’s head of self-driving car projects, Andree Hohm. “People always ask me when driverless vehicles will be on the road,” he said this month at Continent’s Tech Show in Hanover, “and I tell them the answer is ‘today.’
Hanover, Germany — Continental has not yet spun off its powertrain division — to be called Vitesco Technologies — but the supplier is already displaying some of the technologies it hopes to pitch to automakers in the coming years.
Chief among them is a 48-volt drive system that Continental says allows full-electric operation without the complexity, cost and weight of a typical high-voltage hybrid.
The system consists of a new 30 kW, water-cooled electric motor positioned between the…
London – Speakers from Bridgestone, Pirelli, Continental, Tokyo Institute of Technology and the University of Twente will be among the high-profile participants in this year’s International Rubber Conference (IRC2019) in London.
Being held 3-5 Sept at the Oval cricket ground, IRC2019 will feature 160 talks scheduled over four sessions each day, according to the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3).
With the completion of its latest tyre testing facility, Continental now has the capability to locally evaluate all the car tyre lines it produces in the Americas. The company has invested around nine million euros in the Advanced Indoor Evaluation Center, which is located at its proving ground in Ulvade, Texas. An opening ceremony for the facility was held on 5 June.
The Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights has named Continental Tyre Group Ltd the inaugural winners of the Tyre Industry Environmental & Sustainable Solution Award. The accolade was presented at the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights White Tie Banquet.