Continental achieves production milestone of 1 mn airbag control units

  • Industry News
  • Jan 13,22
Continental’s Bengaluru plant reached a milestone for producing one million Airbag Control Units (ACUs), a landmark achieved in a single calendar year.
Continental achieves production milestone of 1 mn airbag control units

Continental’s Bengaluru plant reached a milestone for producing one million Airbag Control Units (ACUs), a landmark achieved in a single calendar year. Driven by its commitment to safety, the technology company had started ACU production in the Bengaluru plant in 2016. In 2019, the company added additional assembly lines to increase its capacity to meet the growing market demand. Continental is localising the entire value chain from R&D to design and production according to customers’ requirement. Apart from catering to leading OEMs in the local market, the Bengaluru plant also exports these control units to other Asian regions. 

Sukhdeep Sandhu, Head - Passive Safety and Sensorics (PSS) business unit, Continental Automotive India, said, “We have been continuously increasing our manufacturing and R&D efforts in India with our ‘in the market, for the market’ approach. With growing consumer preference for safer vehicles and progressive steps taken by the OEMs, safety contents in a vehicle have been on the rise. We will continue to innovate and produce safety-critical technologies for Indian and global markets. Further, our localisation approach also elevates our innovation capabilities, adapting globally proven technologies to the local market needs. Because we believe safety is for all.” 

Phanindra Karody, Head of Bengaluru Plant, Continental Automotive India, said, “Producing one million ACUs per year is a special milestone for us. Over the past two years, the pandemic presented many challenges. However, as a team, we adapted to the changing scenarios and were able to reach our targets with minimal disruptions. Also, the move towards Industry 4.0 has helped us not only in maintaining product quality and global manufacturing standards but also effectively mobilize our supply chain. We are planning to increase our ACU production capacity by at least 30 percent in the next few years.” 

Being a critical component for the functioning of airbags, the ACU provides restraint control features and supports instant communication with the satellite crash sensors, which help detect and evaluate the intensity of the crash situation and focus on occupant safety functions. The product lines of Continental’s Airbag Control Unit are based on a modular platform approach, which is scalable, flexible, and cost-optimized via modular building blocks. With its basic functions and integration option of additional safety features, it is designed to meet all market requirements. 

The basic version supports standard passive safety functions and therefore is suited to rising demand for cost-effective safety features, such as 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.

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