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Leading Automotive, Telecom and ITS companies successfully carry out first Cellular V2X trial in Japan

Continental, Ericsson, Nissan, NTT DOCOMO, OKI and Qualcomm Technologies join forces to successfully perform cellular V2X trial as announced beginning of the year

Sustainability Council praises commitment to environmental protection

The Volkswagen Group’s Sustainability Council has presented its first interim report. One of the key findings: the company’s commitment to climate protection is right – further steps must follow. ...

ŠKODA delivers 110,100 vehicles worldwide in November

ŠKODA continues on course for growth: The car manufacturer delivered 1,148,600 vehicles between January and November ...

SEAT partners with Barcelona to spearhead Europe’s urban mobility

The European Union has chosen the MOBILus consortium, made up of the city of Barcelona, SEAT and 46 other cities, businesses and universities in 15...

Germans Curious About Robo-Taxis and Largely Reject Carsharing

One third respondents in Germany would use robo-taxis, along with half of those in the U.S.A. and Japan.

The Car as Part of the Internet? Yes, Please!

But except among young drivers, Germans are skeptical about sharing personal data.

Motorists Remain Loyal to Engine Type

Study shows that there is currently still a lack of willingness to switch to a different engine type.

“Batmobile” in pursuit of efficiency

The Volkswagen Group is participating in this season’s Formula E with its Audi e-tron FE05 as the defending champion. The new all-electric racing machine will compete in the opening race in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on December 15. ...

“Live with the world, not from the world.”

Trend and material designer Henriette Ackermann and product designer Axel Kufus explain how good design can promote sustainable action - for example in 3D printing or renewable materials. ...

New ŠKODA AUTO endowment fund helps to improve appeal of Mladá Boleslav region

With its newly established endowment fund, ŠKODA AUTO is helping to sustainably improve the appeal of Mladá Boleslav, Kosmonosy and the...

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles at previous year’s high level with 455,800 vehicle deliveries in eleven months

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered 455,800 Caddy, Transporter, Crafter and Amarok models to customers worldwide from January to November...

Volkswagen Supervisory Board appoints Bram Schot to Group Board of Management

The Supervisory Board of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft today appointed Bram Schot a member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG effective January 1, 2019. ...

Boeing Delivers First 787-9 Dreamliner for Royal Air Maroc

Larger and longer-range Dreamliner to help airline expand service to Europe, United States, Latin America

Adventure Further: All-New Ford Ranger Rated Most Fuel-Efficient Gas-Powered Midsize Pickup in America

The adventure-ready 2019 Ford Ranger is the most fuel-efficient gas-powered midsize pickup in America – providing a superior EPA-estimated city fuel economy rating and an unsurpassed EPA-estimated combined fuel economy rating versus the competition.

Continental To Launch Production of Premium Automotive Interior Surfaces in India in 2020

Automotive interior materials for Indian automotive industryInvestment in state-of-the-art machines and facilities to the tune of some 22 million eurosSeries production scheduled to start in 2020 with approx. 110-strong workforceEnvironment-friendly biogas system will supply sustainable energy to plant Pune, December 11, 2018. Technology company Continental performed the symbolic groundbreaking ceremony in Pune, India today, signaling the start of construction work on a plant to manufacture premium surface materials for the automotive industry. A 12,000 square meters manufacturing facility with an initial annual capacity of 5 million square meters is to be built on the four-hectare plot at a cost of about 22 million euros (18 billion rupees). The factory is scheduled to begin production in 2020 with a workforce of up to 110 employees initially. Continental will supply surface materials to the local Indian market from Pune. “India is now rated as the fifth-largest automotive market in the world with huge growth opportunities,” says Dr. Dirk Leiß, who is responsible for the business unit for surface materials at Continental. “And every vehicle needs interior materials for seats, door trims and instrument panels. This investment will enable us in the future to offer our Indian customers local solutions that are manufactured in the market for the market.” It is estimated that the number of vehicles in India could more than double from the current 4.8 million to around ten million by 2025. Premium interiors are an important selection criterion for end users The Acella Eco artificial leather that will be produced in Pune from 2020 is already proving popular in India as a replacement for real leather. “Premium interiors are an important selection criterion for the end user,” emphasizes Leiß. The solvent-free and thus low-odor decorative material is hard-wearing and is available in a two-color design. Continental has already been represented by a sales team in India for six years. It now supplies the country’s five largest vehicle manufacturers and one of the largest motorcycle manufacturers from other plants. “The new plant in Pune will enable us to further improve both our reaction times and responsiveness and lastingly grow our business in India,” says Leiß with conviction. In addition to Acella Eco, the plan is also to manufacture the environmentally compatible Yorn and Yorn Light expanded foils. The interior surface materials offer soft haptics and a broad processing spectrum. They also allow an extensive range of colors and grain designs. Globally standardized, high quality standards An environment-friendly biogas system will supply energy to the plant. Air treatment will be carried out in accordance with a stringent global standard for surface production specified by Continental. The plant, which will offer room for further expansion, will include production, warehousing, R&D labs, sales, logistics and product development facilities – and local purchasing. Only environment-friendly ink systems will be used on the shop floor. Continental produces surface materials in 15 plants around the world and is therefore represented in the key markets in Asia, the Americas and Europe. “We chose Pune as a location because of its closeness to current customers,” explains site manager Landry Tchapda. Numerous vehicle manufacturers and their system suppliers are right on the doorstep. The proximity to the sea port and airport and the large number of further and higher education institutions were further criteria influencing the choice. When choosing the plot in the Kesurdi area of the south of Pune, the industrial zone’s closeness to the Mumbai-Bangalore highway was a deciding factor. In India, Continental currently has eight plants and 8,000 employees at 15 sites and is planning to increase the workforce size in the country to 10,000 in the next two years. The Continental Technical Centre India (TCI), which employs more than 3,000 engineers at present, is one of Continental’s three system and technology centers worldwide.

New Head of Investor Relations

Bernard Wang (38), Linde plc, to take over on January 1, 2019.

Continental To Launch Production of Premium Automotive Interior Surfaces in India in 2020

Automotive interior materials for Indian automotive industryInvestment in state-of-the-art machines and facilities to the tune of some 22 million eurosSeries production scheduled to start in 2020 with approx. 110-strong workforceEnvironment-friendly biogas system will supply sustainable energy to plant Pune, December 11, 2018. Technology company Continental performed the symbolic groundbreaking ceremony in Pune, India today, signaling the start of construction work on a plant to manufacture premium surface materials for the automotive industry. A 12,000 square meters manufacturing facility with an initial annual capacity of 5 million square meters is to be built on the four-hectare plot at a cost of about 22 million euros (18 billion rupees). The factory is scheduled to begin production in 2020 with a workforce of up to 110 employees initially. Continental will supply surface materials to the local Indian market from Pune. “India is now rated as the fifth-largest automotive market in the world with huge growth opportunities,” says Dr. Dirk Leiß, who is responsible for the business unit for surface materials at Continental. “And every vehicle needs interior materials for seats, door trims and instrument panels. This investment will enable us in the future to offer our Indian customers local solutions that are manufactured in the market for the market.” It is estimated that the number of vehicles in India could more than double from the current 4.8 million to around ten million by 2025. Premium interiors are an important selection criterion for end users The Acella Eco artificial leather that will be produced in Pune from 2020 is already proving popular in India as a replacement for real leather. “Premium interiors are an important selection criterion for the end user,” emphasizes Leiß. The solvent-free and thus low-odor decorative material is hard-wearing and is available in a two-color design. Continental has already been represented by a sales team in India for six years. It now supplies the country’s five largest vehicle manufacturers and one of the largest motorcycle manufacturers from other plants. “The new plant in Pune will enable us to further improve both our reaction times and responsiveness and lastingly grow our business in India,” says Leiß with conviction. In addition to Acella Eco, the plan is also to manufacture the environmentally compatible Yorn and Yorn Light expanded foils. The interior surface materials offer soft haptics and a broad processing spectrum. They also allow an extensive range of colors and grain designs. Globally standardized, high quality standards An environment-friendly biogas system will supply energy to the plant. Air treatment will be carried out in accordance with a stringent global standard for surface production specified by Continental. The plant, which will offer room for further expansion, will include production, warehousing, R&D labs, sales, logistics and product development facilities – and local purchasing. Only environment-friendly ink systems will be used on the shop floor. Continental produces surface materials in 15 plants around the world and is therefore represented in the key markets in Asia, the Americas and Europe. “We chose Pune as a location because of its closeness to current customers,” explains site manager Landry Tchapda. Numerous vehicle manufacturers and their system suppliers are right on the doorstep. The proximity to the sea port and airport and the large number of further and higher education institutions were further criteria influencing the choice. When choosing the plot in the Kesurdi area of the south of Pune, the industrial zone’s closeness to the Mumbai-Bangalore highway was a deciding factor. In India, Continental currently has eight plants and 8,000 employees at 15 sites and is planning to increase the workforce size in the country to 10,000 in the next two years. The Continental Technical Centre India (TCI), which employs more than 3,000 engineers at present, is one of Continental’s three system and technology centers worldwide.

The bridge builders of Tel Aviv

Since May, Stephanie Vox from Germany and Hemdat Sagi from Israel have been working at the Konnect Campus in Tel Aviv, scouting digital mobility solutions for the Volkswagen Group brands. A visit to one of the world’s most innovative start-up scenes. ...

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