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    Unable to find investors, Britishvolt files for insolvency
    Battery startup Britishvolt filed a notice to appoint an administrator in the insolvency courts in the UK on January 17, 2023, after failing to raise funds from new and existing investors to keep the business afloat. While a majority of 300 existing employees have lost their jobs as an immediate consequence of Britishvolt’s liquidation, the development is also being seen as a blow to the UK government’s efforts of establishing a flourishing ecosystem for electric vehicle (EV) and battery man...
    Talking Heads: CES – the wrap
    In 2023, some 300 exhibitors showcased their vehicle technology. Its increasing importance – usurping the traditional auto shows like NAIAS, Paris, IAA and Geneva along the way – is demonstrated if we wind back the clock to 2014. Then, there were just nine OEMs present and some 125 automotive technology exhibitors. With this growth has also come maturity. The 2023 CES was less about fanciful concepts and more about tangible. Click the link above to download the full article.
    Continental updates on free and open source automotive software
    Continental has published its “FOSS Manifesto” to promote the development of open-source software, it said in a press release on 26 January. The company believes that Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and collaborative software development is essential for the future of mobility. “Future-oriented companies rely on cooperation in the development of basic software modules. Continental is an active member of the global automotive community working on critical open software projects. Thi...
    Highlights from CES 2023
    Connected car highlights from CES 2023 The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2023 was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, from 5–8 January. Organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the annual event has become one of the biggest electronics shows in the world since the first edition in 1967. Participants span across various industries and countries, including automakers, consumer electronics companies, and suppliers, all showcasing new and innovative products and technologies. Giv...
    CES 2023: Continental showcases curved display with invisible control panel
    Continental has showcased its curved ultrawide display at CES 2023 in Las Vegas, it said in a press release on 5 January. With a width of 1.29 m, curving from one A-pillar to the other, the 47.5 inch TFT display is illuminated by more than 3,000 LEDs on a 7,680 by 660 pixel active area. Volume production of the Curved Ultrawide Display is planned for 2025. “The Curved Ultrawide Display creates a driving experience that users can fully immerse themselves in. The high intensity and quality ra...
    Continental, SMX validate application of natural rubber supply chain tracking technology
    German tire manufacturer Continental announced via press release on 7 December that it had, in partnership with Melbourne-based blockchain technology company Security Matters (SMX), succeeded in verifying the application of a invisible marker for tracking the supply chain of the natural rubber in a tire. According to the press release, the marker substance enables invisible labeling of natural rubber with information on its geographical origin, enabling verification of the sustainability cred...
    CES 2023: Continental to unveil Scenic View Head-up Display
    Continental is set to showcase its Scenic View Head-up Display (HUD) at the CES 2023, it said in a press release on 1 December. The Scenic View HUD does not project the display onto the transparent area of the windshield. It reflects information for the driver with a high light intensity onto a specially coated, black-printed area along the lower edge of the windshield. “With the Scenic View HUD, we are setting a new trend and enabling completely new design options for vehicle designers. We...
    Tracking supplier investments and sustainability initiatives in the green EV tire market
    Demands for tires with sustainable material compositions and a high compatibility with the unique requirements associated with electric drivetrain systems has led to the creation of a new green electric vehicle (EV) tire market with leading tier-1 suppliers ramping up development and commercial availability of the specific tires across vehicle segments (conventional and high-performance), tire segments (season-specific as well as original/aftermarket), and geographical markets. While high pro...
    Continental develops new lightweight brake calipers for EVs
    German automotive parts company Continental announced via press release on 24 November the launch of its new Green Caliper, a cast iron brake caliper designed specifically for application in electric vehicles (EVs). According to the press release, the Green Caliper is compact with small and thin brake pads that cumulatively enable a mass reduction of up to 2 kg per caliper. The calipers with their lower bridge height also allow installation of thin and large-radius brake discs that can furthe...
    Continental opens automotive technical center in Bengaluru, India
    Continental has inaugurated its EUR119 million (USD123 million) campus for its Technical Center India in Bengaluru, according to a company press release on 23 November. The 1-million-square-feet TCI will do research and development (R&D) services for all five automotive business areas for Continental including autonomous mobility, architecture and networking, safety and motion, smart mobility, and user experience. “Technology and its multiplier effect drive business transformations, com...
    Continental develops brake caliper for EVs
    Continental has developed a new brake caliper for disc brakes called Green Caliper, it said in a press release dated 24 November. The new brake calipers are significantly lighter than earlier designs and have a lower residual brake torque. “Increasing efficiency is a primary goal in the optimization of electric vehicles. The lower the loss of electrical energy, the greater the range of the vehicle. Brakes can make a contribution to this that has not been exploited to date. With the new Gree...
    Continental to equip ADAS in Sono Motor’s Sion EV
    Sono Motors has announced that Continental will be equipping its Sion solar electric vehicles with technologies including advanced driver assistance system (ADAS), it said in a press release dated 21 November. The ADAS feature is set to be standard in every Sion and will ensure that the vehicle complies with the upcoming stricter European Union road safety regulations (GSR). Sono Motors currently plans to start production of the Sion in the second half of 2023. “We started our partnership w...
    Continental increases capacity at Romanian plant to focus on automotive UI/UX
    Continental has announced the expansion of site in Timisoara, Romania, in a press release dated 15 November. The company is set to invest around EUR40 million (USD41.4 million) in the expansion, which will see the site grow by over 7,000 to 18,000 square meters. Continental will produce innovative user experience solutions. The expansion will result in combining production capacities and competencies at a selected central location. “What used to be the horsepower under the hood is now the u...
    Continental gets order for semi-dry brake system worth over EUR2 billion
    Continental has received an order for the series production of its semi-dry brake system (Future Brake System, FBS), valued at about EUR1.5 billion, it said in a press release on 9 November. This takes the liftetime sales to over EUR2 billion. The start of series production with a North American car manufacturer is scheduled for 2025. “We are very happy about the first business award for our Future Brake System. This success combines the introduction of future technology with a significant ...
    Continental gets orders worth over USD1.96 billion for pillar-to-pillar and OLED displays
    Continental has received orders worth over EUR2 billion (USD1.96 billion) from global OEMs for its pillar-to-pillar display and for OLED displays, it said in a press release on 20 October. Overall, the lifetime sales for display solutions with SOP is over EUR7 billion. “The user experience adds value. We are providing impressive proof of this with the new orders for our display solutions. They are among the new driving forces for the mobility of the future. Customers are looking for experie...
    Continental presents new mobility technologies at Continental Tech Fest in Romania
    Continental organizes the Continental Tech Fest event in Iași, Romania, where it presents the technologies developed for the future of mobility, according to a press release on 6 October 2022. During the event organized in the Palas garden in Iași, Continental presented some of the products and technologies developed in the Iași company location; the company also organized a car exhibition of car models equipped with technologies on which its specialists have worked. ...
    Continental partners with Kartoffelzucht Böhm for dandelion natural rubber project
    German tire manufacturer Continental announced via press release on 27 September that it’s Taraxagum dandelion natural rubber project will be adding German plant breeding specialist Kartoffelzucht Böhm as a project partner. Continental Tire’s Head of the Expert field Materials Chemistry Dr. Carla Recker discussed the new development, stating, “We are pleased to welcome another plant cultivation specialist to our network. The internationally active company Böhm has great experience in ...
    Continental opens new automotive manufacturing plant in Texas, US
    Continental celebrated the opening of its new automotive manufacturing facility in New Braunfels, Texas, US, according to a press release on 28 September 2022. The new vehicle production facility is the business unit of Continental's autonomous mobility business area's first greenfield factory to be constructed in the US. Over the following five years, the facility will generate more than 500 employment representing an investment of more than USD110 million (about EUR100 million) in the town ...
    Continental opens new application development center in Budapest, Hungary
    According to a press release on 26 September 2022, Continental opened its new Application Development Center in Budapest in a ceremonial setting. The new investment further expanded the company's autonomous mobility activities in Hungary, which started with the Artificial Intelligence Development Center handed over in 2018. The companies in the Continental group are constantly adding more software engineers to the Hungary-based Artificial Intelligence and Application Development Center. The e...
    Continental to showcase sustainable vehicle interior solutions at IAA Transportation 2022
    Continental has announced that it will showcase a range of sustainable solutions for use in vehicle interiors enabling OEMs to offset their carbon footprint, it said in a press release on 19 September. Dr. Dirk Leiß, Head of the Surface Solutions business area at Continental, said, “Our sustainable product design is based on three pillars: carbon neutrality, circular economy, and unique product properties as enablers. We’ve already achieved considerable success with our products on this ...
    Elektrobit, Continental open new automotive software development center in Mexico
    Elektrobit and Continental have announced the opening of a new software center with focus on automotive applications in Querétaro, Mexico, Elektrobit said in a press release on 13 September.    Artur Seidel, VP, Americas, Elektrobit, said, “We’re excited about our expansion into Querétaro and look forward to welcoming and growing a new team of ambitious automotive software engineers. When you work at Elektrobit, you’re empowered to grow and develop in your career while defin...
    Continental supplies AllSeasonContact tires to Volkswagen’s Multivan
    Continental has announced that it is supplying AllSeasonContact tires in sizes 16” and 17” as OE to Volkswagen’s Multivan, the tiremaker said in a press release on 15 September. Significance: The AllSeasonContact provides great traction and braking performance due to a specific tire mix comprising high proportion of silica and special performance polymers, press release added. Braking forces are delivered to the road with outstanding effectiveness via the tires, resulting in shorter bra...
    Centralizing E/E architectures: The key to efficient integrated chassis control
    Over the last few years developments in the driving assistance and automation feature market have driven demands for a new generation of automotive controllers that are able to process, analyze, and communicate increasingly large amounts of complex real-time data rapidly, efficiently, and flawlessly. A progressive electronification of vehicle systems, meanwhile, has led to the penetration of by-wire chassis systems equipped with electronic control units (ECUs) that process information fed fro...
    Continental launches new synthetic timing belt with a 50% reduced carbon footprint
    German auto parts supplier Continental announced via press release on 31 August the launch of its new vehicle power transmission timing belt with a significantly reduced carbon footprint. According to the press release, the new timing belt, made out of a new and patented synthetic rubber compound, generates a 50% smaller carbon footprint during its entire lifecycle (from manufacturing to disposal) when compared against conventional polychloroprene-based belts. The belt, reportedly, include...
    Continental releases update on cyberattack on its IT systems
    Continental has issued an update on a cyberattack that infiltrated parts of its IT systems earlier this month, according to a press release on 24 August. Continental said it detected the attack then averted it without affecting business activities. The IT systems of third parties have not been affected. The company immediately took defensive measures to limit the damage and with the support of external cybersecurity experts, Continental is currently investigating the incident. Significance: C...
    AMG selects Continental’s SportContact 7 UUHP tires for C43
    German tire manufacturer Continental announced via press release on 22 August that its SportContact 7 tires had been factory-approved for OE fitment on the new Mercedes-AMG C43 sports sedan. According to the press release, the SportContact 7 fitted on the C43 will feature the following: An 18” size rating with an XL marking for enhanced load capacity Capability of handling speeds of up to 300 km/h Optimum road grip thanks to a special rubber compound A 10% improved mileage,...
    Continental announces investment to expand production at Sibiu, Romania
    Continental has announced new investments at its headquarters in Sibiu, according to a press release on 11 August 2022. The company is getting ready to develop a new building, production module 7, which also entails expanding connected areas including the office, IT infrastructure, cafeteria, and logistics area. Currently, in the design stage, Module 7 will feature a floor space of more than 15,000 m² and seating for more than 700 people. Of this space, 6500 m² are allocated to the manufact...
    Continental’s Q2 2022 sales grows 13% y/y to USD9.62 billion
    Continental posted a 13% year-on-year (y/y) increase in second quarter revenue to EUR9.44 billion (USD9.62 billion), according to a press filing on 9 August. Net loss was EUR250.7 million compared to a profit of EUR545.3 million a year earlier. Research and Development expenses for the quarter was EUR738.5 million compared to EUR706.1 million last year. “The current headwind is rather like a hurricane and will not subside any time soon. Given this environment, we have performed well and bec...
    INOVYN supplies bio-attributed PVC to Continental for automotive surface material applications
    Continental has announced that it selected INOVYN’s polyvinyl chloride (PVC) BIOVYN for use in production of its technical and decorative surface material applications, the German supplier said in a press release on 4 August. Dr. Dirk Leiß, who leads Continental's Surface Solutions business area, said, “Major automotive manufacturers are now demanding more sustainable raw materials such as biobased polymers. With the fully bio-attributed PVC material, we meet these customers' demand, con...
    Continental releases preliminary Q2 2022 results; net sales at USD10.11 billion
    German automotive supplier Continental reports preliminary second–quarter 2022 sales at EUR9.4 billion (USD10.11 billion), according to a filing by the company on 20 July. Continental’s automotive business sector revenue amounted to EUR4.3 billion. The company’s tire segment reported sales at EUR3.4 billion. Meanwhile, ContiTech reported sales at EUR1.6 billion. Significance: According to Continental’s preliminary financial report, the business recorded goodwill and property, pla...
    Continental to build new hydraulic hose manufacturing plant in Mexico
    Global automotive parts supplier Continental has announced that it will invest USD40 million to build a new manufacturing plant in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, it said in a press release on 30 June. The new plant will increase the capacity for a variety of hose solutions to meet expanding demands in North America. Andreas Gerstenberger, responsible for the global business area Industrial Fluid Solutions at Continental said, “The over-proportional growth in North America is a focus fo...
    Continental supplies EcoContact 6 Q tires to all-electric Volkswagen ID.Buzz
    German tiremaker Continental has announced that it supplied EcoContact 6 Q tires to Volkswagen’s all-electric ID.Buzz, according to a press release on 11 July. The summer tire range includes 19″ and 20″ tires as OE. EcoContact 6 Q is equipped with Continental’s ContiSeal technology that allows for the safe continuation of driving even when tires are damaged. This technology makes it possible to firmly seal holes up to five millimeters in diameter, which permits the prompt repair of ab...
    Continental to invest USD126 million on R&D in Karnataka state, India
    Continental has signed an MoU under which it would make investments of around INR1 billion crores (USD126 million) in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, Autocar reported on 6 July. The proposed investment is for enhancing its Research & Development organization, Technical Center India (TCI), which is expected to employ about 6,000 people. Significance: Continental has been present in India for nearly 50 years, and has made significant investments in the country, especially in Ka...
    Continental to restructure ContiTech production facilities in Germany
    Global automotive supplier Continental has announced that it will restructure its mobile fluid systems business (MFS) ContiTech’s German manufacturing facilities across Waltershausen, Korbach, Northeim as well as the Oedelsheim/Hann, Münden production network between now and 2025, the German supplier said in a press release on 24 June. Philip Nelles, member of the Continental Board and head of the ContiTech group sector, said, "As a development partner and original equipment manufacturer t...
    Continental demonstrates its new fully autonomous vehicle in Romania
    Continental has demonstrated a fully autonomous vehicle for the first time in Romania at the debate “Smart & Sustainable Urban Mobility powered by Continental” in Timisoara, held on 23 June 2022, according to an official press release on 23 June 2022. The company is certain that these electric, self-driving cars, which have no driver, steering wheel, or brake pedal, would significantly improve traffic and, as a result, quality of life in metropolitan areas. This autonomous vehicle was...
    Continental supplies EcoContact 6, WinterContact TS 850 P tires to Mercedes-Benz EQB EV
    Continental has announced that the company is supplying the all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQB with 19” EcoContact 6 and ex-factory: the WinterContact TS 850 P tires, according to a press release by the German tiremaker on 23 June. Continental reduced the rolling resistance of the EcoContact 6 by 15% over the previous model, press release added. Significance: EcoContact 6 was specially developed to reduce friction, which means the tire absorbs less energy and thereby has less rolling resista...
    Can new chassis technologies and materials help OEMs meet future emission standards?
    While countries such as the US, Japan, and mainland China have been enforcing fuel economy standards for over a decade to drive down domestic fuel consumption levels, concerns over climate change and continuously rising global average temperatures have led governments around the world to redouble efforts in cutting down domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to levels prescribed by the 2015 Paris Agreement. The initiative has driven regulatory agencies to roll out increasingly strict vehicle em...
    Continental unveils sustainable Benova Eco Protect material for vehicle interiors
    Continental has unveiled its premium surface material Benova Eco Protect for sustainable vehicle interiors, according to a press release published by the German supplier on 2 June. The material is currently manufactured at Continental’s German facility and is expected to be made available at its Winchester plant in Virginia, US, too. Gabriele Wittmann, Global Director Research at Continental, said, "On the road to sustainable vehicle interiors, Benova Eco Protect is an important milestone i...
    Continental supplies EcoContact 6 Q, PremiumContact 6 and ProContact RX tires as OE to Kia Niro
    Continental has announced that it is supplying EcoContact 6 Q, PremiumContact 6 and ProContact RX to the all-electric Kia Niro, hybrid and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model variants, according to a press release published by Continental on 2 June. According to press release, in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the fully electric Niro model variant is being equipped with 17″ EcoContact 6 Q tires. While the hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) and PHEV versions come with 18″ tires from the PremiumCon...
    Fallout of the Ukraine crisis on tire production and material supply chains
    On 24 February 2022, Russian forces initiated military operations in neighboring Ukraine, provoking a massive international geopolitical response aimed at financially isolating the country’s economy from the rest of the world. Western governments have since initiated wide-ranging sanctions that have cut off the country’s supply chains while simultaneously causing a large-scale exodus of international businesses from the country. While negotiations calling for a diplomatic solution to the cri...
    Continental introduces new sensors to protect EV batteries, monitor temperatures
    Continental has announced two new sensors for electrified vehicles, the Current Sensor Module (CSM) and the Battery Impact Detection (BID) system designed for electromobility to support road safety and electrification, according to an official press release on 24 May 2022. Both new systems emphasize battery protection and/or battery parameter preservation. Continental will begin producing the all-new high-voltage Current Sensor Module in 2022.  The company said that the compact modula...
    Nexteer, Continental expand brake steering technology partnership with new software functions
    CNXMotion, the joint venture between Continental and Nexteer has further expanded its Brake-to-Steer (BtS) technology with two new software functions that provide backup safety layers for all variants of Electric Power Steering (EPS) and Steer-by-Wire (SbW) systems and across all SAE levels of driving automation from Level 1 to Level 5, Nexteer said in a press release on 23 May. Robin Milavec, president, CTO, CSO, and executive board director, Nexteer Automotive, said, “Brake-to-Steer’s e...
    Continental supplies PremiumContact 6 and EcoContact 6 tires as OE to Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    Continental has announced that it is supplying Mercedes-Benz C-Class with PremiumContact 6 and EcoContact 6 tires as OE, according to a press release published by the German supplier on 19 May. Both PremiumContact 6 18” and EcoContact 6 17″ tires have been granted original equipment approval. Significance: Continental’s PremiumContact 6 offers tread specific rubber formulation, critical for tire's traction, resulting in exceptional safety and wet braking performance. The tire is designe...