ContiTech at the Hannover Messe 2011

Engineering Green Value

Hanover, (PresseBox) - Technology company ContiTech showcases forward-looking innovations for sustainable mobility and energy supply ? New generation of industrial timing belts entirely devoid of carbon black ? Strong presence in partner country France

Hanover, February 7, 2011. "Engineering Green Value" - under this motto, ContiTech AG is again showcasing its special technological expertise for future-looking applications for regenerative energy or sustainable mobility at this year's Hannover Messe (4 - 8 April). At its 400-square-meter booth (A16, hall 5), the company is presenting new, health-sustaining and climate-friendly automobile interior trim materials that are largely free from emissions and allergens. And when it comes to products and applications for harnessing power from the sun, wind and water, ContiTech is one of the industry's preferred technology partners. It is showcasing international projects and outstanding innovations such as the flexible solar tank at the trade show.

Its presentation at the fair this year will be supplemented once again with a booth on the topics of drive technology and fluid technology at the Motion, Drive and Automation trade show in hall 25.

"Our maxim 'Engineering Green Value' stands for the strategic orientation of ContiTech on the whole," stresses Heinz-Gerhard Wente, CEO of ContiTech AG.

"Our driving force, today and in the future, is the creation of true added value for our customers and the environment with our know-how and experiences, while acting in a responsible manner. And our goal is to keep ContiTech well prepared in the long term for the challenges of the future.

Our presence at the Hannover Messe underscores this in a special way."

Automotive interiors from Benecke-Kaliko protect people, the environment, and the climate

The auto industry is currently focusing its attention on the topic of sustainable mobility more than any other subject. The challenge: The car of the future is expected to be just as powerful and offer the same comfort and convenience features, and yet it must also have fewer CO2 emissions, and be built as far as possible using eco-friendly manufacturing techniques. For car drivers, it is also a matter of being in a car with an interior climate that is as healthy as possible, since every person spends up to two and a half years of his or life in the car. ContiTech's surface specialist Benecke-Kaliko makes a key contribution here with its new Acella® Eco product family for automotive interiors. This exceptionally skin-friendly material, which contains no contact allergens and is eco-friendly, has obtained the most stringent Öko-Tex® certification, Class 1 of the Öko-Tex® Standard 100.

Brilliant ideas for regenerative energy sources

Another outstanding idea will be featured by the ContiTech Elastomer Coatings business unit: the flexible solar tank, FLEXSAVE Duo, developed jointly by ContiTech and FSAVE Solartechnik of Kassel, Germany, a technology company founded by Kassel's university. The heat storage system is equipped with a flexible water tank from Conti-Tech and assembled with custom-made individual components. Unlike conventional models made of stainless steel, this tank, which holds two cubic meters and more of water, is capable of conforming to a given spatial situation in a house. That means that narrow doorways or stairwells no longer get in the way of installation of a thermal storage system in a new or existing building. The system makes it much less of a problem to retrofit existing buildings with solar systems. This is important in making renewable energy truly available to many final-users in the interest of a long-term eco-friendly approach. This intelligent and extremely practical new product for home owners interested in going the solar energy route already won the Intersolar Award 2010, a key innovation prize, in the solar thermics category.

New generation of eco-friendly industrial timing belts of the BlueConcept family

One of ContiTech's highlights in hall 25 (booth B23) is its new generation of industrial timing belts that are currently being tested in several selected sizes in pilot projects. The consumer goods industry in particular offers interesting application fields for these belts. In 2010, the company with its CONTI-V® PIONEER became the first manufacturer to introduce a wrapped V-belt which consists primarily of renewable raw materials and is electrically conductive, although it is manufactured without carbon black.

With this advanced development from the BlueConcept family, ContiTech is again playing a pioneering role in eco-and health-friendly applications. "In order to satisfy the growing demand for eco-friendly belts, we have upped our production capacities in recent months," explains segment head Regina Arning. "Dealer feedback about our new products has been thoroughly positive and very promising. We can now supply the most important sizes." In addition, ContiTech has expanded its selection of conventional drive belts and is presenting itself as a full range provider with a broad product range in the most varied of performance capacities.

Strong partner in France

France - this year's partner country at the Hannover Messe - has been a central market for ContiTech for decades with positive global spillover effects. ContiTech is represented in France with two sales locations and one production location. It supplies primarily the automotive industry, the railway industry as well as other key industries in France. The markets in North Africa are served via France as well. Customers in France include PSA Peugeot Citroen as well as the Renault Group in the automotive sector, and the Volvo Group in the commercial vehicle branch (Renault-Trucks, Volvo, Mack, Nissan Diesel). The share on the replacement markets for car belts is also increasing steadily: Since the end of 2010, the ContiTech Power Transmission Group is officially number two on the French market. ContiTech is equally successful in the railway sector: Air spring systems from ContiTech Air Spring systems are on board the TGV, which landed the title of fastest train in world in 2007 with a speed of 574.8 km/h between Paris and Strasbourg, and its successor the AGV.

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