Continental breaks ground for new powertrain plant in Pune

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  • Feb 01,19
The greenfield plant in Talegaon, Pune, will see an investment of €30 million until 2020, reports Neellohit Banerjee.
Continental breaks ground for new powertrain plant in Pune

The greenfield plant in Talegaon, Pune, will see an investment of €30 million until 2020, reports Neellohit Banerjee.
 
Continental witnessed the groundbreaking of its greenfield plant in Talegaon, Pune, dedicated to its powertrain business. Around €30 million (Rs 240 crore) is planned to be invested in infrastructure and buildings until 2020. The construction phase has already been initiated. Production start is scheduled for early 2020 for various drivetrain products including engine management systems, sensors and actuators as well as fuel and exhaust management components, for passenger cars, two-wheelers and commercial vehicles.
 
In this new plant, Continental will also produce advanced sensors, advanced electronic control units, EFI systems and metallic filters. “The new products that will be produced from this plant will include knock sensors, high-temperature sesnors, EFI system for two-wheelers, fuel supply units for two-wheelers and SERs. This plant will have purely mechanical products when it comes to catalytic filters, and for EFI systems, it will be mechanical as well as electronics. They will be serving two wheelers, passenger cars, commercial and vehicles off-highway customers,” informed Prashanth Doreswamy, Market Head, Continental India and Managing Director, Continental Automotive India.
 
During the groundbreaking ceremony, Klaus Hau, Executive Vice President Powertrain Components Business Unit, Powertrain said, “India plays a central role in our global growth strategy. Due to the increasing stringent emission legislation in the automotive market, including two-wheeler market, we are expecting a growing demand of low-emission technologies. Through this investment, we are expanding our involvement in this strategic important market, thereby ensuring that we will better satisfy the customers’ growing demand.”
 
With Bharat Stage (BS) VI coming up, it is required to reduce CO2 emissions and this is something that Continental wants to to prepared for. “We have received customer orders already and they gave strong commitment in order to meet the localisation requirement as well, because we know that the Indian market is cost-sensitive. Our intention is to launch products not only for passenger vehicles, but also for commercial vehicle applications, two-wheelers and off-highway applications,” Hau revealed.
 
The Powertrain group of Continental offers efficiency solutions for the conventional combustion engine, the exhaust after treatment as well as for the broad field of vehicle electrification. When asked about the possibility of any products meant for electric vehicles, Hau replied, “Electrification is a major trend globally. As regards to the India market, this is something that we are looking into and understand when the India market is starting to apply electrification technologies. We will be ready once electrification is a major topic in India and once there is a good business case to localise as well. Right, now, for us, it’s more to understanding the market and see what is the development.”
 
This investment reinforces Continental's commitment to the Indian market. “Continental has been growing ahead of the market in India. To continue doing so, we need to invest both in technologies of tomorrow, and expand our reach in the market. With this investment in our Powertrain business, Continental will better support India’s drive for cleaner air,” expressed Doreswamy.
 
Continental has invested approximately €260 million (Rs 2,100 crore) in India during the 10-year period from 2008 for its various businesses. The company is supporting all key automotive customers in India transition to BS VI emission standards. They continue to make investments in enhancing combustion engines and electro-mobility. 
 
In 2018, the technology company Continental announced investments in India, on a high three-digit crore level until 2020, and a plan to increase the headcount to 10,000 in the same period. In December 2018, Continental had also announced groundbreaking of another green field facility in Pune to manufacture premium surface materials for the automotive interior, with an investment of about €22 million (Rs 180 crore). The company also recently announced an additional R&D facility in its existing automotive plant in Gurugram.

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