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Continental Celebrates Opening of its 2nd Plant in
Wuhu
 Complementing the existing plant in Wuhu, Anhui Province, to enhance capacity
and support Continental’s robust development in China
Shanghai/China, October 14, 2014. The international automotive supplier, tire producer and
industry partner Continental announced today the opening of its second plant in Wuhu -Continental Automotive Interior (Wuhu) Co., Ltd., a new addition to its current manufacturing
facility in Anhui province, China. Many government officials and Continental’s senior
executives attended the new plant’s official opening ceremony, celebrating a major milestone
in Continental’s history. With an initial investment of 33 million Euro for land and building, the
new plant will be fully operational in the first quarter of 2015, and play a significant role in
meeting the increasing demand from both local and global markets.
Dr. Ralf Cramer, Member of the Executive Board of Continental, President and CEO of
Continental China said: “The new plant is our 22nd manufacturing location in China, which is
a vital part of our growth strategy that reflects our goal to be ‘in the market for the market.’
Our investment in this new plant is a decisive step that not only strengthens our business in
China but also demonstrates our strong confidence in and commitment to our local
customers and business partners.”
“We are excited about continually expanding our investment in the Chinese market, and
confident in achieving significant growth here,” said Mr. Eelco Spoelder, Executive Vice
President and Head of Instrumentation and Driver HMI Business Unit of Continental. “The
new plant will accelerate our development to a higher level by introducing new technologies
and enhancing our product portfolio, which will streamline the manufacturing process,
improve quality and react faster to the market requirements.”
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The new plant is located in the Wuhu Economy and Technology Development Zone, a
distance of 10 kilometers from the existing plant. The new facility with a total land of 120,000
square meters and an initial floor space of 46,000 square meters will include production
operations, R&D center, laboratory and warehousing, which will focus on the business of
instrumentation and Driver HMI (Human Machine Interface). By end of 2015, around 1,500
employees will be working in the new plant including around 215 R&D engineers. And 42
production lines in total will be installed by end of 2015.
Established in 1995, the 1st plant, Continental Automotive Wuhu Co., Ltd. is one of
Continental China’s first manufacturing plants and remains a very important production base
for Continental, serving 150 customers in 60 locations across China and exports to 66
customers in 23 countries worldwide. It produces key products for the Interior and Powertrain
divisions, including instrument clusters, fuel pump modules and actuators.
“Thanks to the support from the Wuhu government, the construction of the 2nd plant has been
completed within just around 12 months. The technical facilities are excellent and in addition
to production, the new site also covers a Research and Development facility. Leveraging our
global know-how, it will definitely enhance our local R&D capabilities for our local and global
customers. The new plant also underlines our efforts to explore the booming Chinese market
for sustainable growth in the future,” said Mr. David Revill, Plant Manager of Continental
Automotive Wuhu Co., Ltd.
With sales of around €33.3 billion in 2013, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers
worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis,
instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires, and technical elastomers,
Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an
expert partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently employs around 186,000
people in 49 countries.
The Automotive Group with its three divisions Chassis & Safety (sales of approximately €7.3 billion in
2013, roughly 36,500 employees), Powertrain (sales of approximately €6.3 billion in 2013, roughly
32,400 employees) and Interior (sales of approximately €6.6 billion in 2013, roughly 34,400
employees) achieved sales of approximately €20 billion in 2013. The Automotive Group is present in
more than 170 locations worldwide. As a partner of the automotive and commercial vehicle industry, it
develops and produces innovative products and systems for a modern automotive future, in which
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cars provide individual mobility and driving pleasure consistent with driving safety, environmental
responsibility, and cost-efficiency.
The Chassis & Safety division develops and produces electronic and hydraulic brake and chassis
control systems, sensors, driver assistance systems, airbag electronics and sensors, windshield
washer systems, and electronic air suspension systems. Its core competence is the integration of
active and passive driving safety in ContiGuard. The Powertrain division integrates innovative and
efficient system solutions for vehicle powertrains. The comprehensive range of products includes
gasoline and diesel injection systems, engine management and transmission control, including
sensors and actuators, as well as fuel supply systems, and components and systems for hybrid and
electric drives. Information management is at the very heart of the Interior division, which provides a
range of products that 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, and cockpits.
Contact for journalists:
LiJia Lou (Jackie)
Specialist, Communications China
538 Dalian Road, 200082
Shanghai, P.R. China
Tel: +86 21 6080 3000-3136
Fax: +86 21 6080 3263
Email: [email protected]
www.continental-corporation.cn
Contact:
Jackie Lou, +86 21 6080 3000*3136
Tina Chen
Head of Communications China
538 Dalian Road, 200082
Shanghai, P.R. China
Tel: +86 21 6080 3000-4551
Fax: +86 21 6080 3263
Email:[email protected]
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Continental Celebrates Opening of its 2 nd Plant in Wuhu