ContiTech Thermopol Taps New Markets

Largest expansion in company's history / New products accord with growing environmental awareness / Orders from Ford and Cummins / Extrusion technology for turbocharger hoses

Hanover/Somersworth, (PresseBox) - The hose specialist ContiTech Thermopol has laid the cornerstone for an extensive expansion of its production in Somersworth, USA. The company, which belongs to ContiTech AG based in Hanover, Germany, is constructing a further production building and doubling its production capacity on a 3,600 m² area. In this way, ContiTech Thermopol is tapping new business areas. Up to now, the plant has manufactured silicone hoses for manufacturers of automobiles and heavy duty trucks, for the food and pharmaceutical industry, and for other industrial applications. In the future, extruded turbocharger hoses will be produced and SCR systems for exhaust gas cleaning in diesel engines will be assembled here as well, which accords with the growing environmental awareness in the USA.

"With the expansion and consolidation of Thermopol, ContiTech is getting ready for the impending changes in the American automobile industry," says Günter Frölich, head of ContiTech's Fluid Technology business unit. Manufacturers want to produce vehicles whose performance and energy efficiency go further towards meeting the buyers' expectations than has previously been the case. Turbochargers for diesel and gasoline engines play an important role here. "Thanks to new technologies, we can offer our customers the necessary highquality hoses from local production," stresses managing director Ed Cotter. "Many car manufacturers in NAFTA attach great value to having local suppliers."

With Ford and Cummins, it has already been possible to win over America's most successful carmaker at present and the world's largest manufacturer of diesel engines as customers for the new products. Production in the new facilities should get started by December. ContiTech is investing €3.7 million in the expansion, which is creating 80 additional jobs. At present Somersworth has a workforce of around 140 at its 8.2acre (3.3hectare) plant.

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ContiTech Antriebssysteme GmbH

With sales of approximately €20 billion in 2009 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 enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also a competent partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently employs approximately 134,500 in 46 countries. The ContiTech division holds a global market leadership position for many nontire rubber products and is a specialist in plastics technology in the nontire 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 22,000 employees. In 2009, it achieved sales of approximately €2.4 billion.

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