APTA EXPO 2011: ContiTech Exhibits Air Spring Systems and Megi® Components
The manufacturer of systems for rail vehicles is presenting high-tech solutions and customized air spring systems for the high-speed sector / Components made from aluminum save weight and enlarge the load gap
With its ultra-modern solutions, ContiTech is one of the leading companies supplying rail vehicle suspension systems. Among other things, the railway engineering business unit of ContiTech AG delivers tailor-made air spring systems for the high-speed sector worldwide. Highly prestigious trains like the CRH380c (China), the CRTL (London - Eurotunnel) and the TGV (France), as well as the AVE (Spain, Russia, etc.) and the KTX2 (Korea) are riding the rails using technology from ContiTech. In addition, ContiTech is also represented worldwide in low-floor streetcars, magnetic levitation trains and regional trains with its air spring systems, as well as with rubber-metal bonded components marketed under the MEGI® brand.
As a development partner and manufacturer for original equipment, ContiTech develops complete suspension concepts and system solutions for primary and secondary suspension systems. By using high quality mate-rials and material combinations, the company is able to satisfy the most stringent requirements in terms of safety, comfort, speed and vehicle noise reduction while upping the economic efficiency of freight and passenger transport. The weight of a suspension system is also a crucial factor:
ContiTech develops components made from aluminum that are as much as 40 percent lighter than conventional steel parts - completely in line with the current trend to energy efficiency. Lighter trains mean a greater payload can be transported and less energy is required for empty runs.
ContiTech's tight sales network guarantees operators of rail vehicles fast help if problems should crop up in the suspension area. Whether in the U.S., England or India - ContiTech engineers fast-track it to any train to eliminate damage to rail vehicle suspension systems or to lend a hand with servicing. "We're the only ones in the rail vehicle suspension sector able to offer this kind of immediate help worldwide. We are able to do so thanks to our many service providers," notes Friedrich Hoppmann, head of the ContiTech Railway Engineering segment.
ContiTech Antriebssysteme GmbH
With sales of €26 billion in 2010, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently has approximately 160,000 employees in 45 countries.
The ContiTech division numbers among the leading suppliers of a host of technical elastomer products in the non-tire rubber sector and is a specialist for rubber technology in the non-tire rubber sector. The division develops and produces functional parts, components and systems for the automotive industry and other important industries. The division has a workforce of approximately 27,500 employees. In 2010, it achieved sales of approximately €3.1 billion.
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