Continental has steadily increased its investment in India to localize ABS/ESC. The company had set up a line for ABS assembly in addition to ESC systems, in Gurgaon in 2016 and followed this up by setting up a new line at its factory in Bangalore in 2018 for the production and assembly of Electronic Control Units (ECU) for 2-Wheeler and passenger car ABS and ESC.
Commenting on the development, Prashanth Doreswamy, Head of Continental India said that the team at Continental continue to maintain its vision of zero accidents and would therefore support making safety available to everyone. He said that in the Indian market, consumers are increasingly becoming aware about vehicle safety, and the government is also taking up this topic seriously causing manufacturers to become more committed to the pursuit of safety. He said that Continental will fully support this positive movement, and will continue to make investments where needed.
According to Krishan Kohli, Head of Continental’s Vehicle Dynamics business unit in India Continental makes some of the most advanced safety systems in the world, which cater to all categories of vehicles. The pace at which safety technologies are being adopted in India has increased, and Kohli said that Continental will continue to localize its products to meet our customer requirements. A few months back, Continental achieved the milestone of production of 1 million units of Electronic Brake Systems (EBS) at its Gurgaon Plant.
“In addition to manufacturing, we have a growing R&D footprint in India, based out of Technical Center India (TCI) in Bangalore and the R&D labs in Gurgaon,” added Kohli.
Continental has been growing at a fast pace in the Indian market with steady investments, commitment to technological innovation and localization of the value chain. On the occasion of its tenth anniversary celebration recently, Continental had announced investments in the country on a high three-digit crore rupees level within the next two years in India, and a plan to increase headcount to 10,000 in the same period.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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