Milestone in lightweight technology: transmission crossbeam for rear axles from ContiTech.
ContiTech has received the Lightweight Technology Innovation Award in China for its expertise in technology and material skills. The award, presented for the first time in 2016, was given by international automotive trade journal Automobile & Parts, with expert assistance from TÜV Rheinland, and recognizes a ContiTech lightweight transmission crossbeam for rear axles. It is the first component for this area of application made from glass-fiber-reinforced polyamide. The ContiTech variant is up to 30 percent lighter than diecast aluminum versions. At the same time, the component boasts optimum strength, reduces vibrations and noise, and offers a high level of crash protection. “This award is an example of how ContiTech products make an essential contribution to saving weight and making vehicles more environmentally friendly,” comments Kai Frühauf, head of ContiTech Vibration Control.
A pioneer in lightweight technology
ContiTech is a pioneer in the field of lightweight components used for noise and vibration insulation in passenger cars. Since 2006, ContiTech has manufactured extremely durable engine mounts in high quantities and continuously developed innovations that assist vehicle manufacturers in gradually replacing metal with high-performance plastics. Development milestones include a lightweight transmission crossbeam for front axles made from the lightweight material that ContiTech launched in 2009. It weighs 50 percent less than an aluminum component.
In 2015, this was followed by a support bearing for the spring strut. This is the first bearing made from this material to be designed for use in the chassis and front and rear axles of passenger cars. ContiTech has already delivered millions of torque reaction mounts made from polyamide.
The Lightweight Technology Innovation Award honors lightweight developments in the automotive industry and is intended to raise public awareness of this new technology. The aim is to award it annually in the future. The first prize-giving in 2016 recognized twelve winners. These were chosen via an online vote on the Chinese social media platform WeChat. Out of more than 4,000 valid votes cast, 1,954 went to the ContiTech transmission crossbeam. “This result shows very clearly that our developments stand out from competing products and deserve special attention,” says Hongqi Li, general manager of ContiTech Vibration Control in China. “We will continue to work on new lightweight solutions to meet growing demand from vehicle manufacturers in this area.”