Continental has completed the acquisition of Kathrein Automotive after antitrust authorities officially approved the transaction. It will consolidate the company’s position on the growing vehicle antenna market. A connected vehicle can contain over 22 installed antennas. Backed by Kathrein Automotive’s expertise, Continental can offer a broad portfolio ranging from rod antennas 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 at Continental. “We will take immediate steps to work even harder on driving forward the development of high-performance connectivity solutions for intelligent mobility.”
Continental is incorporating all Kathrein Automotive employees and all eight locations in Brazil, China, Germany, Mexico, Portugal and the U.S. Radiant Insights forecasts that vehicle antenna market will grow by around 6.5 percent per year between now and 2022.
Continental and Kathrein have already brought two connectivity solutions to market together: the Intelligent Antenna Module and the multifunctional Smart Device Terminal. The Intelligent Antenna Module replaces the single antennas that have been scattered around vehicles by combining the antennas and the accompanying electronics into one hardware module.
Two innovations that Continental recently unveiled at CES in Las Vegas were the ultra-flat design and the much-improved performance of the latest Intelligent Antenna Module generation. The technology’s new, space-saving design is based on a method developed by Kathrein of integrating antenna structures into the module’s printed circuit board.