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July 2009 - Reel aMounts selected for Continental Automotive Malaysia

Preventing line stoppages due to component shortages.

Continental Automotive Components Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., a leading, multi-national manufacturer of automotive electronics, has implemented Seratel's Reel aMounts counting and labelling system for electronic components at its factory in Penang, Malaysia.

Reel aMounts allows Continental to count and re-label reels of surface mount components in 15 seconds or less, compared to four minutes with the previous manual counters. The operator simply scans a bar code on the reel to carry out the counting, and a second bar code to print a new label for the reel, including the new quantity, operator information etc.

The savings and process improvements are not simply related to the counting process. Seratel and Continental have worked to integrate Reel aMounts with Continental's SAP/Solo ERP system. This means that, when a reel is counted using Reel aMounts, inventory figures in SAP/Solo are automatically updated to include material used in production and both handling and placement attrition.

All material is automatically tracked by a unique ID code for each reel, giving Continental exceptional inventory control and traceability.

Bernd Kirchhoefer, Director of Manufacturing, Continental Automotive Components Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., says, "We wanted to improve accuracy and the speed at which we can determine the component stock. Now we can establish our stock balances even more accurately and rapidly. This enables us to control our WIP tightly and identify losses, reducing line stoppage due to components not being available."

About Continental.

With sales exceeding €24 billion in 2008, the Continental Corporation is one of the top automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for the powertrain and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, the corporation contributes towards enhanced driving safety and protection of the global climate. Continental is also a competent partner in networked automobile communication. The corporation currently employs approximately 133,000 at nearly 190 locations in 35 countries.

The Automotive Group is one of the leading global automotive suppliers. With its three Divisions Chassis & Safety (5.1 billion €, 27,000 employees), Powertrain (4 billion €, 25,000 employees) and Interior (5.9 billion €, more than 30,000 employees) it achieved sales of approximately 15 billion € in 2008. The Automotive Group is present in more than 130 locations worldwide. As a partner of the automotive and commercial vehicle industry, it develops and produces innovative products and systems for a modern automotive future, in which a car accommodates individual mobility and driving pleasure to driving safety, environmental responsibility and cost-efficiency.

The Chassis & Safety Division develops and produces electronic and hydraulic brake and chassis control systems, sensors, driver assistance systems, air bag control systems, washer systems as well as electronic air suspension systems. Its core competence is the integration of active and passive driving safety into ContiGuard. The Powertrain Division integrates innovative and efficient system solutions for vehicle powertrains. The comprehensive range of products includes gasoline and diesel injection systems, engine management, transmission control, including sensors and actuators, as well as fuel-supply systems and components and systems for hybrid drives. Information management is at the very heart of the Interior Division. The range of products includes instrument clusters and multifunctional displays, control units, electronic car-entry systems, tire-monitoring systems, radios, multimedia and navigation systems, climate control systems, telematics solutions as well as cockpit modules and systems.

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