Conti Changing Course with E-Bike Systems?
HANOVER, Germany – ContiTech has acquired developer of e-bike drive systems, Benchmark Drives GmbH & Co. KG (Benchmark Drives or BMD). Is this take-over signaling a change in course to what Continental presented at Eurobike 2013?
One thing is sure with this take-over. The German maker of in particular belt drive systems for bicycles is committing itself further to electric bikes. And is probably now shifting to in-house developed drive systems as the one presented at Eurobike was said to be sourced from an automotive parts maker.
Belt drive specialist ContiTech Power Transmission already joined forces with Benchmark Drives in February 2013. At that time the two German companies said that their cooperation was aimed at combining their strengths for the development to develop of belt-equipped drive systems for bicycles, pedelecs and e-bikes.
ContiTech took over Benchmark Drives GmbH & Co. KG on May 1. Konrad Müller, head of the ContiTech Power Transmission Group said about the take-over: “Benchmark Drives has outstanding development expertise in the field of e-mobility and has excellent contacts with bicycle manufacturers. With the take-over, we are strengthening our position in this important growing market and gaining quicker access to bicycle manufacturers.”
Since the start of the cooperation of the two companies beginning last year, ContiTech and Benchmark Drives developed together the Conti Drive system. This heavy-duty timing belt ensures with its special tooth profile maximum jump-over protection on drives for bicycles, e-bikes and s-pedelecs.
Drive belts from ContiTech have been used for decades in the automotive industry as well as in machine and plant engineering all over the world. Benchmark Drives GmbH & Co. KG stands for the development and production of high-end products supplying companies like e-bike drives to Cube and Bulls.
The ContiTech press release does not mention any relation to the Continental e-bike mid-motor which was presented at the 2013 Eurobike show, see photo.