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IAA Commercial Vehicles: ContiTech Vibration Control Recap

The IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hanover closed with a record number of visitors. From September 25 to October 2, 2008, a total of 300,000 visitors from 110 countries came to find out about new innovations in mobility, transport and logistics. That was twelve percent more than two years ago. Matthias Wissmann, president of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), referred to the event as the "most successful Commercial Vehicle show ever". At its joint booth with Continental AG, ContiTech AG also demonstrated a successful fair concept overall – more comfort, more environmental protection and more efficiency. Visitors and customers showed enormous interest.

Active vibration control system pulls in quite a crowd

ContiTech Vibration Control was likewise satisfied with how the show went. “We were able to welcome many of our long-standing customers at the booth and strengthen existing customer contacts. The response on the first and the last two days of the show was particularly strong," notes Heico Bornemeier, account manager in automotive sales at ContiTech Vibration Control. At the booth, visitors had a chance to get to know the working principle of an active vibration control system. It splendidly demonstrated how engine vibration can actively be absorbed. Interested inquiries from the commercial vehicle industry showed that ContiTech is tackling a vibrant topic in the sector with this development.

Aggressive cloning

A striking feature of this years commercial vehicle show was the growing attraction of visitors from Asia – in particular from China, India and Turkey. There was also distressing confirmation of an exasperating trend. OEM manufacturers are forced to cope with increasingly potent product cloning. There is no overseeing the aggressive manner in which many of these copies are being marketed. “An exhibitor boasted that it could reproduce all the OEM products shown in its advertisements,” remarked Bornemeier. Those using counterfeit products should be clear about one thing, though: The advantages of OEM products – comfort, reliability and long service life – might very well be offered in these clones only to a limited degree.

The working principle of an active vibration control system at the IAA Commercial Vehicles.

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