ComTrans: ContiTech Sets New Standards with Robust Air Springs and Lightweight Technology

2013Robust air spring solutions provide safety and long service life / Lightweight construction sets new standards for energy efficiency / ContiTech offers original equipment quality in the replacement market

Hannover, (PresseBox) - Air springs from ContiTech Air Spring Systems have been used in commercial vehicles for decades, and the trucks, trailers, and buses of many reputable manufacturers are fitted with them as standard. At ComTrans in Moscow from September 10 - 14, 2013, the international air springs specialist is now celebrating its premiere in Russia: The company will be presenting its durable and robust top-tier products to the country's up-and-coming commercial vehicles market for the first time. Especially with the trend to lightweight construction, ContiTech is, at the same time, setting new standards for the international air spring market.

Ready for the Russian market

ContiTech air springs fully meet the requirements for commercial vehicle components presented by the special climate and infrastructure in Russia. The robust materials guarantee high durability and functionality as well as uncomplicated handling. Temperatures in the range of -40°C to +70°C have no effect on the functionality of the components. The components are also resistant to severe external caking and fouling. This means that they offer the best possible driving comfort even on poor roads and in difficult climatic conditions. What is more, ContiTech develops all components for the Russian market mainly in Germany and manufactures them at its production plant in Bursa, Turkey. "Factors like this ensure high process stability and fast delivery times, in line with the requirements of the commercial vehicle manufacturers," emphasizes Sergey Tretiakov, head of the branch office in Moscow. "The excellent sales organization in Russia also makes a major contribution."

Greater efficiency through lightweight desi

Robustness and lightness - these seemingly contradictory properties are embodied in the air springs developed by ContiTech Air Spring Systems. The innovative lightweight technology showcased by ContiTech at ComTrans reduces the weight of air spring systems and improves corrosion-resistance. This is made possible by alternatively using plastic instead of steel and aluminum to make the adapter parts. "This brings advantages in terms of not only service but also payload," explains Diethelm Bauch, head of the Commercial Vehicle Original Equipment segment at ContiTech Air Spring Systems. "The low weight saves fuel and increases the payload, which is of particular benefit to OEM partners in the truck segment." With their unparalleled performance characteristics, ContiTech air spring systems also offer vehicle manufacturers in the trailer and bus sectors a range of benefits. OEM partners in the trailer market benefit from the optimal price-performance ratio. The materials and components are designed to fulfil the necessary requirements, while air spring damper modules integrated into buses satisfy the highest demands in terms of riding comfort.

Top quality in the replacement market too

ContiTech air spring systems of superior quality are also available to customers in the replacement market. The original air springs ContiTech offers on the independent replacement market have been developed to meet original equipment requirements and are produced in exactly the same way. This means that they meet the highest quality standards and offer guaranteed long-term product quality in accordance with the requirements of vehicle manufacturers. "Vouching for this are the more than 1,600 air spring applications worldwide and the more than 90-percent range coverage for applications of leading vehicle manufacturers in the bus, truck, and trailer segment," says Dirk Hoffmeister, head of Commercial Vehicles Aftermarket at ContiTech Air Spring Systems. To provide a fair price-performance ratio in every market segment, in addition to references for the premium brand ContiTech, we also offer Phoenix brand air springs, which are specifically tailored to the replacement market. At the lower end, the selection is rounded off with our budget PRIME-RIDE® brand. With a limited product range in terms of models, this brand is primarily aimed at operators of older vehicles.

Service awareness and ride comfort

Another exhibition highlight from ContiTech Air Spring Systems comes in the form of air suspension systems for driver seats. These product solutions demonstrate the company's expertise in creating an ergonomic and comfortable workplace for drivers that helps to reduce fatigue and protect against health risks. A newly developed Web app for the air spring replacement business offers clear benefits for end users as well as garages and manufacturers. This service makes it possible to find the right ContiTech air spring for an application via smartphone - anytime, anywhere.

Global success

ContiTech Air Spring Systems is a business unit of ContiTech AG. It manufactures of air spring systems for commercial vehicles, buses, rail vehicles and stationary machines as well as foundation bearings. It produces air actuators and rubber compensators for the plant and mechanical engineering industry. The company focuses its expertise in five market segments: air springs for commercial vehicle original equipment; air springs for the commercial vehicle replacement market; spring systems for rail vehicles (ContiTech Railway Engineering); air actuators and air springs for industrial applications; and air springs for driver cabs and seats. Around 1,500 employees are involved in development and manufacture at eight sites in seven countries: China, Germany, South Korea, Mexico, Turkey, Hungary, and India. In 2012, it generated sales of around €266 million

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