Bangalore, December 10, 2019:
The technology company, Continental has completed producing
one million electronic control units (ECU) for passenger car antilock brake system
(ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC), achieving a new milestone at its
Continental plans to ramp up its production
capabilities in the next few years with a capacity of over two million units a
year. This accomplishment is inline with the company’s global commitment
towards vehicle safety, delivering technologies that support Vision Zero: Zero
Fatalities, Zero Injuries, Zero Crashes.
With demand stimulated by India’s recent safety
legislation, Continental is on the fast track to support the OEMs with safety
products such as ABS, ESC and speed sensors for both passenger cars and 2-wheelers.
Continental began localising ABS and ESC system in 2016, with product assembly
at its Gurgaon plant, where they have completed over two million units already.
The production for ECUs at its Bangalore plant was set up in January 2018.
Krishan Kohli, Head-Vehicle Dynamics business unit,
Continental Automotive India, said, “Our commitment to road safety reflects in
our achievements of the recent past. With our complete localisation value chain
which includes R&D, sales and manufacturing, technologies become better
suited and affordable for the market, for all segments of vehicles. Road safety
is everyone’s right and Continental is committed to Vision Zero.”
“We have continued with our strategy on localisation.
In the last few years, we have been substantially increasing our production
capacity at various plants in India, to meet the growing demand for vehicle
safety technologies. This makes us an ideal partner for OEMs to deliver vehicle
safety technologies in a quick turnaround,” he added.
Phanindra Karody, Plant Head, Bangalore, said, “We
have been consistent in our production and delivery of ABS and ESC units to
OEMs in India and other markets. In India, there is a surge in adoption of the
safety technologies because of the recent safety legislation and growing
consumer awareness. With our wide portfolio of safety technologies and
standardised production process, we are supporting OEMs with quality products,
thus, contributing to road safety value chain.”
On the R&D front, a dedicated engineering team
at Technical Center India (TCI), designs, develops and validates products
specific to the market and customer requirement. One such example is the
development of one channel ABS solution for 2-wheelers which is serving both
India and Asian market. TCI today supports end-to-end product development from
requirement engineering to product build-up and testing in specific areas
encompassing software, electronics and mechanics.
“With a state-of-the-art production facilities and
highly skilled engineering team, we have created a system that is capable of
delivering technologically advanced products, right from conceptualisation to
production, in India. It is expected that ESC will be mandated in India by
2022-23 timeframe, along with ABS, ESC will further enhance the vehicle safety
and provide increased comfort to the driver,” said Kohli.
pioneer in the technology, the company recently celebrated 50 years of
Continental ABS. The system was first presented at the IAA in 1969. Continental
has variety of products suiting different segments of vehicle. For instance,
the MK 100 ABS Entry has been designed for the vehicle segments A, B and C in
the growing markets. The packaging is compact and extremely light, at less than
1,200 grams. Furthermore, throughout the MK 100 product family, the hydraulic
and electrical interfaces are compatible with each other, which make the MK 100
easily applicable for platform concepts of car manufacturers wanting to benefit
from a truly scalable product range.
Electronic brake systems for motorcycles have
figured among Continental’s solutions since 2006. Up until now, the two-channel
ABS MK 100 MAB or three-channel MK 3-2 MAB (Motorcycle Anti-lock Brake System)
has been available as a mid-range feature, while the MK 100 Motorcycle Integral
Brake System (MIB) has been available as the ultimate feature. Wheel speed
sensors provide the necessary raw data, depending on the system. An affordable,
high-performance entry-level system to improve the active safety of
motorcycles, is the one-channel ABS, MiniMAB. With a box volume of
significantly less than 300 cubic centimeters and weighing roughly 420 grams,
the MiniMAB is light and can be easily applied to suit the widest range of 2-wheelers.
presently the most important active safety systems, prevents critical vehicle
states from developing. At the same time, ESC is a prerequisite for further
safety technologies like Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). The
high-performance MK 100 system offers all functions, from basic ESC to a
high-end system with the convenience and performance features of future
help of Industry 4.0, Continental is making one of the world's largest
electronics production networks in the automotive industry fit for the future.
Continental is on the right path to establishing a smart factory, already using
Big Data applications and cooperative robots. The production lines are highly
standardized, and all the machines are interconnected for highest level of
traceability and Management Information System (MIS) for real time process
details. This helps in achieving robust production processes with a zero-defect
strategy and high utilization rates. Making the right decisions in daily
production even faster, more flexibly and efficiently. This eventually helps in
attaining lowest possible energy consumption and emissions.
Continental develops pioneering technologies and
services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods.
Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent,
and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. In
2018, Continental generated sales of €44.4 billion and currently employs more
than 240,000 people in 60 countries and markets.
India for close to 50 years, through technology
partnerships (Continental Tires since 1974) and joint ventures for its various
businesses. 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 exports,
and a technical center that supports Continental's global R&D activities.