By APA Bureau:
Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. In 2017, Continental generated sales of €44 billion and currently employs more than 243,000 people in 60 countries.
Today the technology company operates in India with over 8,000 employees in 15 locations, including eight plants that cater to the Indian market, and a Technical Centre that supports global R&D.
Although the first Indian legal entity, Continental Automotive Components India Pvt Ltd, was established in 2008, the German conglomerate has been present in India for close to 50 years, through technology partnerships (Continental Tires since 1974) and joint ventures for its various businesses.
Continental is committed to India and has focused on localising its entire value chain in the country, starting from local business development to engineering, from local purchasing to manufacturing. The automotive group has manufacturing locations in Bangalore, Gurgaon, Manesar and Pune, and presence in Chennai, the strategic automotive hubs of the country. With three automotive divisions, Interior, Powertrain and Chassis & Safety represented by several business units, each with an extensive product portfolio, Continental Automotive Components India develops and manufactures a wide range of electronic products in its Bangalore plant including engine management and power steering ECUs, immobilisers, body control modules and instrument clusters for all vehicle segments. It also manufactures actuation ABS, airbags electronics, drum brakes, calipers, Powertrain and Chassis sensors, fuel supply modules and fuel rail assemblies in its other locations in India. In addition, the company supplies pumps, injectors and sensors to its customers in India from its global plants.
Continental Automotive has a customer base spanning all major local and global OEMs in India. In its endeavour to provide the best-in- class support to its customers, the company has invested in an in-house test & validation lab for its Engine Systems and Fuel Supply business units in India.
Besides supplying to the market, the company set up a highly advanced engineering centre, Technical Centre India (TCI), in Bangalore in 2009. TCI delivers high quality and cost effective support to Continental globally. It works on a hybrid concept, combining the strengths of an in-house development centre, with offshore development centres operated by partners. Today TCI supports all three automotive divisions of Continental: Chassis & Safety, Interior, and Powertrain, and employees more than 3000 engineers.
Continental Automotive India is certified for ISO/TS 16949 : 2009 Quality Management Systems and ISO 14001:2004 + Cor1:2009 Environmental Management Systems.
On the occasion of its recent tenth anniversary celebration, Continental announced investments in the country, on a high three-digit crore rupee level within the next two years, and a plan to increase headcount to 10,000 in the same period. The company also announced the inauguration of its new R&D facility in Gurgaon, to cater to global and regional R&D requirements for its Hydraulic Brake Systems and Vehicle Dynamics businesses.