With a material innovation for future vehicle heating, ContiTech has made it into the top five for the Hermes Award, an internationally renowned technology award. During the opening event of the Hannover Messe 2015, ContiTech was recognized for its innovation.
"We are pleased that our surface-integrated vehicle interior heating system has been recognized as one of the best innovations, which we consider confirmation of our successful work and impetus to continue in this direction," said Dr. Dirk Leiß, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Benecke-Kaliko Group, a business unit of ContiTech AG. The award-winning new development comprises a patented conductive material that can generate heat without even a millimeter of heating wire being fitted. The conductive and spreadable polymer compound can be integrated in automotive surface materials by means of screen printing. When applied to seats, arm rests, door trims, or floor mats, electricity is conducted by the paste and converted directly into heat. Energy consumption is extremely low and the heating element generates heat in a matter of seconds.
This new mode of heating consumes minimal power, making it an ideal solution for electric cars, which have to warm up without heat from the engine. Drivers of diesel- or gasoline-powered engines benefit from the surface-integrated heating system, particularly on short journeys. The new technology can also be used in trucks, agricultural and construction vehicles, trains, and planes.