Continental opens new Powertrain and Interior electronics manufacturing plant in Amata City, Thailand

General Press Releases Wednesday June 17, 2009 15:30
Bangkok--17 Jun--PR & Associates

Amata City, Rayong Province, Thailand, The international automotive supplier Continental AG has ceremonial opened its first manufacturing plant at the Amata City Industrial Estate in Rayong province, Thailand. The new plant of Continental Automotive (Thailand) Co., Ltd. will produce injectors and pumps as well as instrument clusters and other interior electronic products to supply customers in Asia and Europe. "The investment in Thailand reflects our strategy to build and strengthen our network and our manufacturing operations in Asia to reinforce our leading role in this region as Continental intends to make 25 percent of our sales in this region by 2013", said Volker Warnecke, Senior Vice President, Powertrain Asia during his speech at the opening ceremony.

With the total investment of about THB 5 billion (€100 million), the new manufacturing plant of two divisions of the Automotive Group, Powertrain and Interior, occupies a land space of 50,000 square meters, with the building area of around 25,000 square meters and the production are around 11,500 square meters. The plant comprises also logistics, clean room and central oil supply for mechanical manufacturing. Continental in Amata City plant will start the production with piezo diesel injectors and high pressure pumps of the division Powertrain for exports to China, India and Europe. The first batch of products will be exported from mid June 2009 onwards and from 2010 production will support domestic consumption. In the future, Interior electronics such as instrument clusters will also be produced at this site. The plant is designed for a capacity of 500 thousand pumps and 2.5 million injectors per year.

The General Manager of the new manufacturing plant in Amata City, Rainer Doerrheide, outlined the importance of the location posing an advantage for Continental's business: “While Thailand provides the market, Continental brings to Thailand local earnings with local sourcing and local employment.

We plan to have 40 percent of parts and components from the local suppliers as a start. We target that from 2010 onwards, our production will also support 70 percent domestic consumption and 30% for export to support the business in India and Europe.

With the opening of the Amata City plant, German-based Continental AG has shown the firm commitment of Continental to secure its future in Thailand. Thomas Chambers, Managing Director of Continental Automotive in Thailand said that "Asia is the future of growth in the automotive industry, and Thailand is the center of the car production in ASEAN. The auspicious opening of our plant today represents important milestone of our expansion plans here - to provide even more effective and advanced technical support to auto makers in the Thailand market, and to serve our exports market from here," added Chambers.

One of the main focuses of the automotive industry in the growth markets in Asia will be environment friendly vehicles and so-called affordable cars: people want more economical cars with efficient fuel consumption. "With our innovative products, we are very well placed to work towards the vision of zero-emission mobility with the intention to reduce both CO2 emissions and noise pollution from road traffic in the future," explained Warnecke to the journalists, about one of the megatrends of Continental Corporation – Environment.

Continental started the construction of the plant in Amata City in January 2008 and few months later, in May 2008, the company celebrated the laying of the foundation stone. In the same year in August the automotive supplier opened the administration and trade office in Bangkok.

With sales exceeding €24 billion in 2008, the Continental Corporation is one of the top automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for the powertrain and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires, and technical elastomers, the corporation contributes to enhanced driving safety and protection of the global climate. Continental is also a competent partner in networked automobile communication. The corporation currently employs approximately 133,000 at nearly 190 locations in 35 countries.

The Automotive Group of Continental AG is one of the leading global automotive suppliers. With its three Divisions – Chassis & Safety, Powertrain and Interior – it achieved sales of approximately 15 billion € in 2008. The Automotive Group employs more than 80,000 people in more than 130 locations worldwide. As a partner of the automotive industry, the Automotive Group develops and produces innovative products and systems for a modern automotive future, in which a car accommodates individual mobility and driving pleasure to driving safety, environmental responsibility and cost-efficiency.

The Chassis & Safety Division (€5.1 billion, 27,000 employees) develops and produces electronic and hydraulic brake and chassis control systems, sensors, driver assistance systems, air bag control systems, occupant classification systems, washer systems as well as electronic air suspension systems. Its core competence is the integration of active and passive driving safety into the safety concept ContiGuardฎ. The Powertrain Division (4 billion €, 25,000 employees) integrates innovative and efficient system solutions for vehicle powertrains. These systems increase performance and driving comfort while at the same time lowering consumption and emissions. The comprehensive range of products includes gasoline and diesel injection systems, engine management, transmission control, including sensors and actuators, as well as fuel-supply systems and components and systems for hybrid drives. Information management is at the very heart of the Interior Division (5.8 billion €, 30,000 em ployees). The range of products includes instrument clusters and multifunctional displays, control units, electronic car-entry systems, tire-monitoring systems, radios, multimedia and navigation systems, climate control systems, telematics solutions as well as cockpit modules and systems. Additional products and services for commercial and special vehicles and spare parts for the independent aftermarket as well as original equipment services for a phased-out series production perfectly round off the portfolio.

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