Chinese trade magazine Automobile & Parts has granted Continental’s low-odor PVC surface materials the “Technology Innovation Award” as well as giving research and development manager Dr. Jenny Yu the “Automotive Innovation Leadership Award.” In doing so, the jury honors Continental’s technological innovations and talent development.
Barely perceptible odor
According to a study conducted by the industrial research institute J.D. Power, many car buyers are disturbed by that "new car smell." One in every 16 complaints is linked to this issue. The materials used for interior trim paneling are the main cause of the odor. This is why automobile manufacturers in China have tightened odor standards. For this reason, the experienced Chinese Continental team has coordinated its synthetic leather formula for PVC interior materials in such a way that its slight odor is barely perceptible. Currently, almost no other PVC products meet this requirement. The material is also remarkable due to it emitting low levels of harmful substances (fogging) and high durability. Continental has already won an order from a German luxury car manufacturer.
Team set up on site
Dr. Jenny Yu has been responsible for Chinese research and development activities in the ContiTech Division for many years and is committed to development of the on-site team. She heads the Research and Development Center that was founded at the Changshu plant in May 2019, which further develops Continental’s material expertise in line with Chinese requirements. The emphasis is on environmental protection, energy savings and intelligent solutions.