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ContiTech opens new plant for coated fabrics in China

This is the company’s first production site for coated material outside Germany.

23rd March 2017

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Changshu

Construction, Transport/​Aerospace, Protective

ContiTech, a leading supplier of technical elastomer products and a specialist in plastics technology, has opened its new facility for coated fabrics, marking a special milestone in the company’s history in China – it is its first international production site for elastomer coatings outside Germany.

“The investment into that new plant underlines our commitment within and to the Chinese market. It allows us to better meet our Chinese customers’ demands in different industries,” commented Dr Peter Scholtissek, Head of ContiTech Elastomer Coatings.

With a total investment of more than EUR 20 Million, the plant produces high-performance coated materials for a variety of applications. The product range includes robust concertina wall materials, which connect railway carriages together, or fabrics for protective equipment, dry diving suits or life rafts.

Long-pursued plan

“It’s a special moment for me and my team, because we are putting a long-pursued plan into action. We established an ultramodern and climate-friendly facility equipped with leading production technology that can only be operated by a few companies worldwide,” said Dr Scholtissek.

Located at ContiTech’s well-established central hub in Changshu, the business finds best fitting conditions, such as the use of central services and compound supply from the raw material mixing next door, the manufacturer epxlains. It already supplies calendered material and other semi-finished goods for air springs and transmission belts.

Energy-friendly manufacturing

The plant aims to set benchmarks for an ecological and energy-friendly manufacturing. Based on cutting-edge facilities for waste air treatment, the site stays below Chinese emission limits more than ten times, according to the manufacturer. Its thermal insulation systems are also said to significantly help save energy.

ContiTech’s new plant for coated fabrics: State-of-the-art technology on 5,700 m2. © ContiTech

Series production has been running since beginning of 2017 with an approximately 25-strong workforce that will be doubled over the next few months. ContiTech supplies customers in China and further Asian regions from its new base in Changshu and is already successfully selling coated fabrics in China, such as diaphragms for automotive fuel management or robust and weatherproof materials for folding bellows used in railway vehicles.

The company says that with the new plant, the customers benefit from local production possibilities, expertise and local service capability.

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