Business for safety
technologies is growing rapidly in India for technology company Continental. The
company announced the completion of 1 million units of Electronic Brake Systems
(EBS) from its Gurgaon plant. Continental set up a line for localization of
Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS) assembly, besides Electronic Stability Control
(ESC) systems, at Gurgaon in 2016.
Continental safety systems
rank among the most advanced worldwide and cater to all categories of vehicles.
With increasing awareness and acceptance of safety technologies in vehicles,
India is emerging as a focus market for airbags, ABS and ESC, for light
vehicles, 4-wheeler and 2-wheeler markets. Further to investments in 2016, the
company set up a production line to localise ABS Electronic Control Units (ECU)
in its Bangalore plant in 2018.
The growth in the ABS market
in India is driven primarily by government mandates. ESC, although yet to be
mandated in India, will be the next step to provide more safety and comfort to
the driver, and will see an uptake in the next five years. Continental is a
global market leader for ESC. The technology company also has a range of EBS
for active safety of 2-wheelers, including one-channel ABS for smaller
motorcycles and scooters. Based on its proven ABS technology for passenger
cars, the one-channel ABS was developed especially for cost-sensitive markets.
According to Krishan Kohli,
Head of Continental’s Vehicle Dynamics business in India, “Innovative
technologies and intelligent systems for vehicles are imperative for a future
with zero accidents. Continental is well-equipped to support India towards
achieving this. We are actively pursuing our long-term strategy towards the
realization of “Vision Zero”.
Anudeep Garg, Head of
Operations for Vehicle Dynamics, in India said, “We are continuously developing
the technology of electronic brake systems, improving upon it, and also
optimizing costs through localization. From the Gurgaon plant, we currently
supply to OEMs across India and also to Malaysia. We are glad to achieve this 1
million milestone. Continental’s electronic brake systems have been enhancing
safety since 1984 globally. India is now a part of that legacy.”
The 147 year old German
technology company has been present in India for close to 50 years, through
technology partnerships and joint ventures for its various businesses. The
first Indian independent legal entity was formed in 2008, following the
acquisition of Siemens VDO globally. Today the tier 1 automotive supplier, tire
manufacturer and industrial partner operates across India – with over 8000
employees across 15 locations, including eight plants that cater to the Indian
market, and a Technical Center that supports Continental's global R&D activities.
On the occasion of its tenth
anniversary celebration recently, the technology company 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. 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.
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