Continental launches three new product lines in China

September 27, 2012 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Automotive supplier Continental has launched additional production lines for sensors and actuators related to emission control. The move reflects stricter emission regulations in the world's largest market for passenger cars and commercial vehicles.

At the new production lines in Changchun, Continental will manufacture NOx sensors that measure the content of mono-nitrogen oxides during the combustion; high temperature sensors, and 6G canister purge solenoids. All these products support the tighter emission regulations in China. The launch of these three production lines is combined with the celebration of the 30 millionth Knock Sensor produced in China by Continental.

The NOx sensor enables the on-board diagnostics (OBD) control of the NOx storage catalytic converter and the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system as accurately as required by future emissions legislation. As today's only mass production supplier of NOx sensors with a background of 14 years development experience, Continental has won the coveted 2010 PACE award and produced over six million NOx sensors so far. Continental's annual local production capacity for these sensors is over 500k units.

The high temperature sensor (HTS) is a newly developed product based on thermocouple technology, which can achieve accuracy of ±1% and response time of 6s @10 m/s for temperature measurement in the exhaust stream. It is complementary to the NOx sensor, enabling modern exhaust systems to comply with emission control requirements. The 6th generation canister purge solenoid (CPS6) is designed to enable the fuel vapor management for state-of-the-art combustion engines, especially helping downsized turbocharged powertrains with their specific requirements in purge time and pressure. The CPS6 production line in Changchun is the first installation globally with a maximum capacity of over 1 million pieces per year.

China increasingly takes measures to improve the exhaust gas emission situation in the country. Beginning July, 2013, the Euro IV emission standard will become effective in China, triggering a huge demand of products and solutions for exhaust and emission reduction. Continental has invested heavily in R&D to keep a leading position in the related technologies.

The production of Knock Sensors in China started 10 years ago and it is now delivered to 38 local customers