Continental opens new proving ground in China

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Continental has opened a new 2,500m² test facility in Yancheng, China, that will support the testing and validation of Conti tires as well as other automotive safety products and systems. State-of-the-art test equipment and offices will facilitate the teams based there.

Frank Jourdan, member of the executive board of Continental and president of the chassis and safety division, said, “The opening of the test center in Yancheng reflects Continental’s long-term commitment to the Chinese market through developing local products and providing Chinese customers with cutting-edge technologies and R&D capabilities.”

Meanwhile this month, Conti produced its 200 millionth tire pressure sensor. The tire maker strongly promotes direct tire pressure monitoring methods. In Europe, two thirds of vehicles equipped with tire pressure monitoring use direct systems. In North America, this figure is over 85%.

“Since our first TPMS developments 16 years ago and the start of production in 2002, we have continued to develop our technology and optimize the costs so that our sensors can be used in all vehicle classes,” said Andreas Wolf, head of Continental’s body and security business unit.

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