THE chassis and safety division of international automotive supplier Continental will start the production of anti-lock brake systems (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) units in India this year.
A new assembly line for ABS and ESC for passenger cars and later ABS for two-wheelers will be located in the existing Continental Automotive Brake Systems plant in Gurgaon, Haryana, the company announced on Thursday.
The local production start of the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) is planned for 2018 in Bangalore. The company is targeting the delivery of its first localised ABS/ESC products for India to a leading vehicle manufacturer, by the end of 2016.
“The Indian market is one of the world’s largest for compact cars and two-wheelers,” said Felix Bietenbeck, head of Continental’s business unit Vehicle Dynamics. “By producing these systems in the market, for the market, we are matching our portfolio to the requirements of our local customers, while keeping our technologies affordable.”
India tops the list of nations in total number of road fatalities. “The widespread use of ABS, airbags and ESC in vehicles can contribute considerably to reducing the number of serious injuries and fatalities on Indian roads,” added Claude d’Gama Rose, managing director, Continental Automotive Components India. “With decades of experience in this area, Continental offers a portfolio of high performance and advanced products which can contribute to greater road safety.”