ContiTech opens 3D blow moulding plant in China

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Ribbon-cutting ceremony at ContiTech's Changshu plant

ContiTech AG has expanded its footprint in China with the opening of a production plant for 3D blow mould hoses in the eastern city of Changshu.

The company announced 28 Aug that the RMB70m (€10m) production unit will supply hoses for high-performance turbochargers for automotive OEMs.

The hoses, ContiTech confirmed to PNE, will be made of thermoplastic elastomers, expanding the company’s products and solutions portfolio within the Chinese automotive industry.

“The investment into the new plant underlines our focus on and commitment to the Chinese domestic market, especially the automotive market,” said Thomas Reichenbach, manager of the 3D blow moulding project of mobile fluid systems, a business unit of Continental Corp.

According to the company, the TPE materials used for the hoses will contribute to lower weight of parts while increasing performance.

Another advantage of the new production process, according to ContiTech, is the elimination of production and assembly of intermediate parts by automotive parts suppliers.

“By relying on the 3D blow moulding technology, auto parts manufacturers will [be] shortening the supply chain, improving the production efficiency… and ultimately meeting the needs of automakers for rapid production and iteration,” ContiTech noted.

The plant in Changshu is Continental’s fourth production site featuring the 3D blow moulding technology across the world, following Waltershausen in Germany, Somersworth in the US and San Luis Potosi in Mexico.

The unit is set to start mass production in the third quarter of 2018.

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