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 Hermes Award 2015: ContiTech Among the Top 5

Hermes Award 2015: ContiTech Among the Top 5

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Hermes Award 2015: ContiTech Among the Top 5

Surface-integrated vehicle interior heating system in the top five innovations.

Hermes Award 2015: ContiTech Among the Top 5Excellent Innovation: Dr. Andreas Gerken, Head of Development PUR / CF (left), and Dr. Alexander Jockisch, Executive Director of Business Development + Marketing, with the nomination certificate for the Hermes Award.​

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.

Hermes Award 2015: ContiTech Among the Top 5Congratulations on the Nomination: Dr. Andreas Gerken (3rd from left) and Dr. Alexander Jockisch
(3rd from right) with Prof. Wolfgang Wahlster, CEO of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (l.), Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Stephan Weil, Lower Saxony's Prime Minister (2nd from right), and Dr. Jochen Köckler, Member of the Board of Deutsche Messe AG (r.).​

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.