Continental opens new test track in Hungary
Nov 17, 2009
After the opening of a sensorics-development center the Chassis & Safety Division is now investing in the development of electronic braking systems and, over the next few years, intends to continue to expand the Veszprém site into a state-of-the-art development center.
Frankfurt am Main, Germany / Veszprém, Hungary. Continental AG, the international automotive supplier, is expanding its globally networked engineering capacity for developing electronic brake and stability systems. To achieve this, the Chassis & SafetyDivision has invested in its Veszprém site in Hungary and, today, opened the new test track in the presence of invited guests from the Chassis & Safety Division's management team, city councilors, faculty members from Veszprém and Budapest universities and numerous employees. This expansion is Continental's contribution to Hungary's dynamic growth as an emerging economic region.
The new test track for ABS and ESC systems consists of high friction, low friction and rough road test sections; altogether, it is over one kilometer long.
The new test track for ABS and ESC systems consists of high friction, low friction and rough road test sections; altogether, it is over one kilometer long. "We are building up our global development work precisely in countries like Hungary so as to satisfy the worldwide demand for these technologies in the most cost-effective way and by using the best design engineers", said Dr. Ralf Cramer, Member of the Executive Board Continental AG and President, Chassis & Safety Division, at the opening ceremony. "The work will be carried out in close collaboration with our headquarters in Frankfurt and our other global research and development sites. Globally networked engineering allows us to share developments from every site with all of Continental's design engineers. This creates an efficient structure which takes account of our customers' quality and performance requirements in the early development phases", said Dr. Cramer.
Dr. Ralf Cramer opened the new test track today
Continental's Veszprém site, opened in 1993 and now with a workforce of over 1,000, manufactures wheelspeed sensors and sensor clusters as components for the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and the electronic stability control (ESC). The site's development center, opened in 2001, currently employs over 180 engineers, mainly engaged in software development. Continental, one of the three largest employers in the region, intends to continue to expand its Veszprém site into a state-of-the-art development center over the next few years and invest in the essential infrastructure. The plan is to create around 70 additional jobs by 2012; as many as 40 of them will be involved in vehicle development.