Kautex presents new products at ITB in Novi, Michigan

April 17, 2018

Contributed by Dirk Eulitz, Director New Technology Mgt. and Klaus Gebert, Sr. Manager Core Functions.

On March 7 and 8, 2018, Kautex participated in the 19th annual ITB Automotive Energy Storage Systems Conference in Novi, Michigan, USA.

Kautex presented a first to market plastic plug-in hybrid pressure tank (VW Passat GTE), and an SCR IM Tank with a specific additional tank heating element.

Kautex employees from North America and Germany participated in the event.

Kautex also presented two of 25 lectures presented at this conference. The fuel systems topic was "Consumer View of a Fuel System - A Proposal for a Change In Vehicle Filler Cap Design" presented by Dirk Eulitz, Director New Technology Mgmt. The focus was the innovation of a new refueling interface for AdBlue/DEF and diesel that provides AdBlue/DEF fill level information at the filler door. The SCR-systems topic was "Comparative Benchmark of Novel Heater Concepts Supporting RDE Components and Functionalities" presented by Nicolai Schumacher, Sr. Manager SCR, Core Engineering. Key topics included different technologies to thaw frozen liquid in cold driving conditions. The OEM interest was very high and the fruitful discussions were extended in separate meetings with individual OEMs in the days after the conference.

The ITB Group is one of two major providers for conferences in the field of fuel and alternative energy storage systems. This technical conference provides a forum where leading industry experts can discuss and present their latest developments and innovations.

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Twenty-two companies showcased their products and services, including latest developments and innovations related to fuel systems, SCR systems, water injection systems and alternative energy systems, including fuel cells, PHEV technologies and OEM strategies. In total, 325 visitors from 10 countries attended the event; mainly a mix of OEMs (~25% OEM engineers), Tier "X" suppliers (~37%) and material suppliers (~19%). These attendees represent 85 companies including 9 OEMs.

About Kautex

At Kautex, we are driving the future. As a Tier One automotive supplier with more than 30 plants in 13 countries, Kautex designs, develops and manufactures traditional and hybrid fuel systems, advanced cleaning solutions for assisted and autonomous driving, engine camshafts and plastic industrial packaging solutions. A pioneer in the design and manufacture of automotive plastic fuel systems, Kautex is expanding its portfolio to offer smart products and data-driven services to our customers, including thermoplastic composite and composite-metal hybrid battery systems. From a lightweight battery system to a hybrid fuel system to autonomous drive vehicle cleaning systems, Kautex is committed to pioneering solutions for the era of new mobility.

Our employees are part of a global community committed to solving customer needs, leveraging diverse skillsets, making sustainability a differentiator, embracing the diversity that is part of a global, multi-industry leader and creating an environment where employees can build a dynamic career. Together, we are reimagining the future of mobility.

About Textron Inc.

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, and Textron Systems. For more information, visit: www.textron.com

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