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Continental opts for localization of ESC and ABS production in India

Continental opts for localization of ESC and ABS production in India
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Friday 22 January 2016, 13:10 PM

As more and more automakers in the country have been considering offering ESC and ABS as standard across models, the automotive supplier Continental’s Chassis and Safety Division shall be starting the production of ABS and ESC units in India soon. As for production of Electronic Control Unit (ECU), it would begin in Bengaluru sometime in 2018. The ABS and ESC for cars would be manufactured at the company’s existing plant in Gurgaon, Haryana. Sometime later the ABS for two-wheelers shall also be introduced.

Speaking more on the occasion Felix Bietenbeck, Head of Continental’s business unit Vehicle Dynamics said, “The Indian market is one of the world’s largest markets for compact cars and two-wheelers. 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”, said Claude d’Gama Rose, Managing Director, Continental Automotive Components India. “With decades of experience in this area, Continental offers a portfolio of high performance, advanced products which can contribute to greater road safety.”

India has been emerging as a strong market for safety technology thereby prompting more safety component makers to set-up production facilities in the country. For bikes, ABS would be mandatory for new bikes over 125cc from 1st April, 2017. Existing ones would require ABS from April 1st, 2018.

 

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