Continental has celebrated its tenth year producing systems and components for safe, clean and intelligent mobility in India. Altogether the company has been serving the Indian market for about 50 years. The company will invest a high three-digit crore rupees in two years in India for capacity expansion and greenfield investments across key automotive hubs. The company will also ramp up headcount in India and plans to reach the 10,000 mark in two years.
“As a technology company, we are at the forefront of innovation. This requires technological prowess, R&D focus, business agility and adaptability. India is an important market and R&B hub for continental, and it is our strategy to bet big on this market,” said Frank Jourdan, Member of the Executive Board of Continental.
“Continental has a rich legacy in India. We have been growing steadily in terms of business volumes, manufacturing and R&D footprint and technology achievements. With competent resources and proven Continental technologies, the timely investment will propel our localisation efforts for safe, clean and intelligent mobility for both passenger cars and two-wheeler segments,” said Prashanth Doreswamy, Head of Continental India.
Continental TCI, the in-house R&D centre, has signed a MoU with IIT Madras for advanced research in Machine Learning for Continental’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems.
According to Prashanth Doreswamy, Continental India is upgrading to industry 4.0 to ensure smarter, more efficient production processes and practices. “Our Central Electronics Plant at Bangalore has just employed the first collaborative robot (COBOT) to work in a human-machine team environment,” he said.
Continental India was started in 2008, it has now 8000 employees across 15 locations.
“Among our areas of focus in India are safety technologies and powertrain solutions that range from the current legislative requirements to more advanced technologies, electric drives, and products that transform vehicles into digital companions. As electric content in vehicles increases, a number of new and advanced features and technologies may be introduced by the help of Continental, which could be a game changer for the Indian auto sector,” Doreswamy further said.