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Continental acquired South African tech company

Oct 02, 2017

The technology company Continental has recently acquired Advanced Imaging Technologies (PTY) Ltd., based in Pinetown, South Africa, which is known for its fundamental work for x-ray and magnetic imaging-based systems used for early detecting damages in fabric and steel cord conveyor belts. “With this acquisition we added technical sensing knowledge and R&D competence to strengthen our competence in the area of predictive maintenance. At the same time it is a strategic cornerstone to enlarge our service capabilities in industries such as mining,” stated Hans-Jürgen Duensing, who is responsible for the ContiTech division on the Continental Executive Board. Advanced Imaging Technologies (Pty) Ltd was founded in 2004 to provide scientific consulting services to South African industry and commerce, both in the private and public sectors. The company has specialized in developing innovative and cost-effective solutions to scientific and technical challenges experienced by large and small-scale industry and commerce. It was agreed that the purchase price would not be disclosed.

Conveyor belts keep the globalized cycle of mining and industry moving. “If a belt system experiences an extended downtime, the entire production chain often collapses, intensive maintenance and often repair work is required. Monitoring systems help our customers to detect damages early and thereby reduce downtimes and save maintenance costs,” explained Hannes Friederichsen, head of the business unit Conveyor Belt Group. Advanced Imaging Technologies (Pty) Ltd. offers a wide variety of scientific and technical skills and expertise in the areas of image and signal processing, hardware and software development, advanced data analysis, x-ray imaging, embedded systems and system integration. “From the data obtained by the monitoring systems, our customers can benefit from innovative service offers,” said Friederichsen and added: “In the last years, Dr. Michael J. Alport and his dedicated and experienced seven-employee strong team did an excellent job. We are very pleased to welcome them to our family.”

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