Continental India today inaugurated a new production line to manufacture and assemble electronic control units (ECUs) for two-wheeler and passenger car ABS and ESC, at its Bangalore Central Electronics Plant. While production of circuit boards for passenger car ECUs have begun, the same for two-wheelers is expected to start by 2019. The Bangalore plant is the company’s largest plant in India, which caters to automotive OEMs across the country. This strategic step is claimed to be the next step in localising ABS and ESC after system assembly began in Gurgaon last year.
Continental said it has been pursuing its long-term strategy globally towards ‘Vision Zero’ for a future with zero accidents through innovations and on-going improvement of components and systems. The company sees itself as a key driver in reducing the number of traffic-related fatalities, injuries and road accidents, in view of its expertise in active and passive safety systems. In line with this, it noted that the need for safety features, driven primarily by government mandates, will see the ABS market growing exponentially in India in the near-term.
In 2016, Continental set up a line for localisation of ABS assembly, besides ESC systems, at its existing plant in Gurgaon. ESC, yet to be mandated in India, will be the next step to provide more comfort and safety to the driver, and will see an uptake in the next five years, noted Continental. The company said that it is localising the entire value chain beginning from marketing to R&D and design, according to local customer requirements.
Prashanth Doreswamy, Market head, Continental India and Managing Director, Continental Automotive, India, said the company has been growing steadily in the domestic market. Continental will continue to increase its manufacturing capacity to cater to the growing demand of the market, he added. Doreswamy noted that localisation is at the core of Continental’s strategy for India, and the company is fully-equipped with solutions and technologies that aid safe, efficient an intelligent mobility. He also said innovative technologies and intelligent systems are imperative for future mobility in which life is protected and injuries are prevented.
The pace of adoption of safety technologies has accelerated in India, thanks to growing consumer awareness and concerted effort by industry and government, noted Harald Lichtinger, Head - Operations, Vehicle Dynamics Business Unit, Continental. He said Continental has successfully partnered with OEMs in other markets like Europe, Americas and China, bringing down fatality rates and shaping automotive industry trends. The company’s technology, expertise and production capabilities will support a similar mission in India, with this investment also resulting in job opportunities through direct and indirect employment, Lichtinger added.