ContiTech/General Tire Inc., the North American arm of ContiTech Holding GmbH, is introducing two German companies-one a rubber product maker-to the U.S. market. Representatives of the North American unit touted products from the new firms during the Society of Automotive Engineers International Congress and Exposition in Detroit Feb. 28 to March 3.
One of the companies displaying parts was Clouth A.G., which makes rubber-to-metal bonded products aimed at reducing noise and vibration, said Chris Sanders, product manager, industrial and automotive goods. The other new firm is Flockgarn GmbH, which makes yarns for furniture and car seats.
Sanders said ContiTech isn't looking to go head-to-head with the major rubber product suppliers. ``We might bring just one unique part to a (car manufacturer),'' he said. ``We're in niches. We view ourselves as problem solvers and troubleshooters.''
ContiTech Holding, the Germany-based, non-tire unit of Continental A.G., employs 11,750 at 22 companies throughout Europe.
Paramus, N.J.-based ContiTech/General Tire already has a small presence in the U.S., supplying auto makers with molded rubber products, hose, transmission belts and coated materials for diaphragms.