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ContiTech Receives SPE Award for Innovative Lightweight Technology

Hanover, November 2016

  • SPE Automotive Innovation Award presented for the world's first polyamide spring strut mount in a passenger car chassis
  • Plastic components reduce weight by 30 percent compared with pure aluminum or steel variants
  • Enhanced ride comfort thanks to highly insulating rubber element

International technology company ContiTech is delighted to receive another top award. At the SPE Automotive Innovation Awards, the company impressed with an innovative component for the Cadillac CT6, receiving in the Chassis/Hardware category. This vehicle component is the first spring strut mount in the world made from BASF's material Ultramid, designed for use on the chassis both on the front and rear suspentions of passenger cars. "For us, receiving the SPE Award is comparable with receiving an Oscar in the film industry. We are proud of the joint development work with our customer General Motors LCC as well as the appreciation demonstrated by this prestigious award," says Kai Frühauf, head of the ContiTech Vibration Control business unit, who accepted the award on behalf of his team in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. together with representatives from General Motors LCC and BASF.

Since 1970, the SPE Automotive Innovation Award has been awarded by the Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE) for innovative plastic solutions in the automotive sector.

Spring strut mount

The spring strut mount is the first reinforced-fiberglass mount in the world to be used on the chassis of a passenger car. There are different designs for front and rear axles.

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Greater safety and ride comfort in vehicle

The new three-path mount from ContiTech is characterized by an intelligent mix of materials. The central component consists of a fiberglass-reinforced polyamide. Compared with conventionally designed spring strut mounts made from aluminum or steel, it can achieve weight savings of 30 percent and ensure a longer service life. The innovative design can even stand very high shock loading, which can occur when driving a car along a badly potholed road, for example.

Another functional advantage is that the spring strut mount also ensures that only minimal counter-torque acts on the shock absorber. This means that this component is also under less stress which, in turn, enhances safety in the vehicle. At the same time, a highly insulating rubber element enhances ride comfort.

For its lightweight components, in 2016, ContiTech has also already received the Altair Enlighten Award, the Lightweight Technology Innovation Award, and a Materialica Design + Technology Gold Award.

SPE Award for Innovative Lightweight Technology

Proud of the joint development performance: the ContiTech team with its customer General Motors LCC.

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YouTube Video: ContiTech Polyamid Strut Mount


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