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Automotive Product Finder Magazine | Continental acquires Kathrein Automotive
Continental acquires Kathrein Automotive
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Continental has acquired Kathrein Automotive GmbH after antitrust authorities officially approved the transaction. Incorporating the automotive division of the antennae and satellite technology manufacturer Kathrein will give Continental an important key segment to add to its wealth of expertise. Intelligent vehicle antennae are the starting point for future-proof connectivity concepts in the vehicle interior and beyond.
Potential applications range from remote access keys and navigation applications through to telematics solutions. A connected vehicle can contain over 22 installed antennae. Backed by Kathrein Automotive’s expertise, Continental can offer a broad portfolio ranging from rod antennae to the intelligent antenna module. The core functions of the intelligent antenna module include the integration of various V2X technologies, such as the global 5G hybrid V2X solution, which enables communication via the cellular network as well as rapid, reliable direct data transfer.
“I’m absolutely delighted to have the entire workforce of Kathrein Automotive on board. The more than 1,000 new colleagues we have gained are an invaluable pool of experience and expertise in the field of vehicle connectivity,” said Johann Hiebl, head of the Body & Security and Infotainment & Connectivity business units, Continental.
Acquiring Kathrein Automotive will allow Continental to deepen the level of co-operation within its cross-divisional R&D teams. Continental is incorporating all Kathrein Automotive employees and all eight locations in Brazil, China, Germany, Mexico, Portugal and USA. The two parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
Kathrein Automotive Gmbh
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