Kautex participated in the fourth ITB Fuel Systems Conference in Pune, India

March 23, 2018

Contributed by Klaus Gebert, Sr. Manager Core Functions.

Kautex participated in the fourth annual ITB Fuel System Conference in Pune, India on March 21 and 22, 2018. The ITB in Pune offered a platform for learning, discussion, and discovery for automotive industry experts and focusses on trends and developments in fuel and urea systems and regulations.

Eight exhibitors showcased the latest trends in fuel and urea system developments and innovations. Kautex presented its first-to-market plastic plug-in hybrid pressure tank (VW Passat GTE), and a SCR IM Tank with a specific additional tank heating element. Employees from India, Japan and Germany participated in the event.

Kautex also presented two of 16 lectures, which addressed trends and developments in materials, tanks and components, SCR systems, CFD simulation, and limiting exhaust emissions.

The fuel systems topic was "Plastic Tanks for Hybrid Vehicles - Solutions and Validation " presented by Klaus Gebert, Senior Manager Core Functions. This lecture gave an introduction into the applications of plug-in hybrids (PHEV) and the specific requirements OEMs and suppliers have to face. As an example, pressure tank requirements for vehicles with reduced purge capabilities like plug-in hybrids and range extenders caused the use of thick walled steel tanks or metal reinforced plastic tanks in the first vehicle generation. Klaus described Kautex’ pioneering work in the development and production of pure plastic pressure tanks for PHEVs

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The SCR-systems topic was "Modular SCR Tank Systems for Various Market and Emission Demands" presented by Nanda Kumar, Engineering Lead-Design. Key topics included the importance of SCR tanks to reduce the diesel engine’s NOx emissions and the requirements suppliers need to face with regards to costs, robustness and different climate conditions worldwide.

Special thanks to Klaus Gebert, Simon Schmitz, Nanda Kumar, Shinichiro Choji, Santhosh Shashidhara, Roshan Kumar, Rohan Martis for representing Kautex at ITB in Pune!

In total, 175 attendees from 12 countries visited the ITB in Pune; a mix of OEMs (43%), material suppliers (20%), component suppliers (35%) and other visitors (2%). 54 companies were represented, including 10 OEMs.

Source: The ITB Group, Ltd.

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.

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