HANNOVER (January 25, 2005) - The international automotive supplier Continental AG, Hanover, is expanding its area of engineering services for automobile manufacturers and their suppliers, in addition to its core business. "For 2005 we are aiming to achieve corporate sales volumes in the double-digit million range," said Continental Executive Board member Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. "In the area of vehicle dynamics and suspension control in particular we are filling a niche that to date has hardly been tackled by engineering service providers, as only very few companies have the required broad technical knowledge of automotive brakes, chassis, electronics and tires," explained Dr. Neumann.
The engineering services offered by the EBS (Electronic Brake and Safety Systems) business unit focus on the driving dynamics of the vehicle. "Our portfolio includes time-to-market support, vehicle equipment, software development, extra-small-scale productions, automotive processes, consulting and development tasks for motor racing. Our goal is to shorten the development times for our customers," said Dr. Stefan Stölzl, in charge of software products and engineering services at Continental Teves in Frankfurt. "The customer-specific vehicle equipment is often used to study the feasibility of new ideas and systems in the car manufacturer's advanced engineering stage. Similarly, customer's special wishes are tailored for the respective vehicle and then put directly into production."
The NVH Engineering profit center provides complete solutions in the field of acoustics and vibration technology. "NVH stands for noise, vibration and harshness, and thus refers to the entire range of vibration perception, from hearing to feeling. In our labs and on our test tracks, we optimize the entire vehicle as well as individual components for production applications. In doing this, we put to use not only our NVH expertise but also the profound and broad product know-how of the Continental corporation. With the help of computer simulations, we define the optimum product design from an acoustic standpoint at an early stage in the development," explained Dr. Frank Gauterin, head of NVH Engineering. The Continental test center and testing grounds are also accessible to external customers.
The materials research and development department of ContiTech AG provides its customers with extensive material characterization using state-of-the-art chemical and physical analysis methods, including macroscopic and microscopic analysis methods. "Chemical analysis methods such as thermo analysis, spectroscopy and chromatography round off our range of services," according to Dr. Wolfram Herrmann, head of materials R&D at ContiTech.
The Continental Corporation is a leading supplier of brake systems, chassis components, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers. In 2003 the corporation realized sales of EUR 11.5 billion. At present it has a worldwide workforce of nearly 73,000.
About Continental Tire North America, Inc.
Continental Tire North America, Inc. (www.continentaltire.com), based in Charlotte, is a group company of Germany-based Continental AG, a leading systems supplier to the automotive industry. Continental Tire North America, Inc. has almost 6,500 employees and operates 6 plants in North America. It is a major supplier to the original equipment and replacement tire markets, selling Continental, General, Euzkadi and private brands.