Continental has added a new assembly line to manufacture airbag control units (ACUs) at its Central Electronics Plant in Bengaluru. Continental’s state-of-the-art production line for airbag control units began operation in 2016 at its Bengaluru and is currently working at full capacity. Airbag business in India is growing steadily and being driven by legislation and consumer organisations, thus the new line will cater to both local and export markets, stated the company.
Each version of Continental’s Airbag Control Unit is based on a modular safety platform called SPEED (Safety Platform for Efficient & Economical Design), which is scalable, flexible, and cost optimised via modular building blocks. With its basic functions and integration option of additional safety functions, it is designed to meet all market requirements. The basic version supports basic passive safety functions and therefore is suited to rising demand for cost-effective safety features, such front and side airbags and belt pretensioners, in emerging markets. Additional safety functions such as Vehicle Dynamics Sensing, Rollover Detection, and Event Data Recording can be integrated within the modular concept. The implementation of safety regulations and stringent crash test norms along with increased safety awareness is leading to an increase in the take rate of safety features in vehicles, the company noted.
Dr. Bernhard Klumpp, Head of Continental’s Passive Safety & Sensorics business unit, said Continental’s localisation strategy ensures that its technologies are affordable on local markets, consequently achieving a fundamental level of safety.
Prashanth Doreswamy, Market Head of Continental India and Managing Director of Continental Automotive India, said the demand for safety technologies is at an all-time high. Continental is prepared to address this need and is fully committed to make mobility safer in India, and to supporting OEMs in adopting technologies efficiently.