Continental, celebrating ten years of local production in India, has inaugurated a new facility for its R&D center in Gurgaon. The new facility, located within its existing Gurgaon Plant premises, will cater to global and regional R&D requirements for its brake systems businesses. The new facility is aligned to the company’s strategy of increasing its R&D footprint in India. Currently the capabilities of the R&D center at Gurgaon include design and testing for brake systems, and offshore engineering activities for the Continental’s Italy and Japan regions.
“As a technology company, it is Continental’s priority to invest in the technologies of tomorrow. India is an important R&D hub for Continental, and we plan to increase our R&D footprint in the country. With focused R&D, innovations and ongoing improvement of our components and systems, both at this new center dedicated to brake systems and at TCI, India’s contribution to Vision Zero – a future with zero accidents – will be significant,” says Prashanth Doreswamy, Head of Continental India and Managing Director, Continental Automotive India. The company also operates a full-fledged R&D center - Continental Technical Center India (TCI) - in Bangalore, catering to Continental’s entire Automotive business, globally.
Recently, Continental announced high three-digit crore rupees level investments in India within the next two years while close to Rs 2100 Crore investments have been made for its various businesses in India so far, since 2008. The company has over 8,000 employees across 15 locations, including eight plants that cater to the Indian market, and a Technical Center that supports global R&D. According to Krishan Kohli, head of Vehicle Dynamics business in India, “With a range of safety technologies that address current legislative requirements and are future-oriented, Continental is in a position of strength in the market. This new R&D center houses the Vehicle Dynamics test labs and will augment our R&D and engineering presence in India. We are excited to be part of this growth.”