Continental’s Budapest Site Wins 2018 Factory of the Year Award


GyártásTrend magazine and its publisher, PPH Media, organized the Factory of the Year competition for the fourth time. A total of nine categories were available for companies that have domestic production plants, and the overall Factory of the Year award was given to the company that applied in several categories and reached the first place in at least one.

From left: Dr. Gábor Nick, Professional Partner of Factory of the Year 2018, Scientific Associate of MTA SZTAKI, Dr. Róbert Keszte, Managing Director of Continental Automotive Hungary Kft, István Molnár, Head of Digital Factory Engineering at Continental Automotive Hungary Kft, Viktor Péczeli, IT Director of Continental Automotive Hungary Kft.

The Hungarian event, hosted by the prestigious “Die Fabrik des Jahres” competition organized by the publisher’s parent company, is increasingly recognized and well-known in Hungary.

The prestigious Factory of the Year award was won by the Budapest site of Continental Automotive Hungary Ltd., a first-time applicant in the category of annual net sales above HUF 10 billion. The award was received by Dr. Róbert Keszte, managing director of the German technology company’s Budapest plant.

“We are very pleased to have reached first place in three different groups, and it is an enormous professional honor that we were named the best in the overall category as well. In our Budapest factory we use the most innovative solutions of Industry 4.0, and this award confirms that we are on the right track,” said the head of Continental Automotive Hungary Ltd.

The Budapest site of the company, which is one of ten locations it has in Hungary, was awarded the first place in the “Best producer”, “Industry 4.0” and “Energy efficiency” groups by the judges.

Continental Wins Industrial Energy Efficiency Award at Hannover Messe

Technology company Continental has also been named the winner of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Award (IEEA), presented for the first time at the 2019 Hannover Messe trade fair. Deutsche Messe works with EuPD Research, an independent market research and consulting company, to honor outstanding energy efficiency processes within industry. Continental won over the jury with its highly flexible Conti Thermo Protect insulation system in the large industrial companies category. The silicone material can be used in industrial systems worldwide.

The award was presented by Prof. Dr. Peter Radgen, Professor of Energy Efficiency at the Institute of Energy Economics and the Rational Use of Energy at the University of Stuttgart, and Claire Range, Manager Energy Efficiency in Industry, deutsche Unternehmensinitiative Energieeffizienz e.V. (DENEFF), during the Digital Energy Forum at the Hannover Messe trade fair.

“We are delighted to have won this award, which shows that our products are making an essential contribution to mitigating climate change and preserving resources,” says Stefan Füllgraf, who accepted the award on behalf of Continental.

Highly Flexible System for Efficient Thermal insulation

Whether for valves in steam pipes, braided hoses, or heating pipes in tire presses, the highly flexible Conti Thermo Protect (CTP) insulation system has already proven its worth in industrial thermal insulation. Continental developed the special silicone rubber compound as a flexible form of thermal insulation for complex line and piping systems and for other components. The material provides unique market solutions for insulating flexible, high-temperature pipes and hoses.

In its supplied state, the product has a consistency similar to modeling clay and is easy to cut, manipulate, and apply in a precise manner. When heat is added, the material vulcanizes by itself to become a reusable molded product with rubbery-elastic properties – making it particularly suitable for complex, hard-to reach and winding/flexible components. As a result, it can be applied to conduit pipes and valves through which vapors or fluids flow at temperatures of up to 250°C. In its non-cured state, the product is malleable; the vulcanized material feels like rubber but is stable and very hard to destroy. Even a layer of just ten millimeters reduces thermal loss by 60%. The reduced ambient temperature is also an advantage for work safety.

Continental’s Budapest factory.
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