The new campus will consolidate the rapidly growing engineering competencies and teams in India, catering to Automotive Research and Development (R&D) requirements for local and global markets.
The New Campus Brings Together all of Continental’s Technology Capabilities
Continental inaugurated the new campus for its Technical Centre India in the presence of Hon’ble Minister Dr. C. N. Ashwath Narayan, Government of Karnataka, responsible for Electronics, Information Technology – Biotechnology, Science and Technology, Higher Education, Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, and Livelihood. Several industry dignitaries, senior representatives from the automotive OEM community, together with the global leadership team of Continental graced the occasion.
With an overall investment of around INR 1000 Crores (about EUR 119 million), the new campus for Continental’s Technical Centre India (TCI) can accommodate over 6500 employees, consolidating the rapidly growing engineering competencies and teams in India.
Located at Electronic City Phase II, Bengaluru, the campus is designed to accommodate the needs of future work, since it houses hi-tech software, hardware, and vehicle test facilities for R&D and various training centres.With a Platinum Certification from India Green Building Council (IGBC), the campus has green lung spaces, renewable energy sources, and rainwater harvesting, all of which contribute to Continental’s sustainability ambitions.
At the inauguration, Prashanth Doreswamy, President and CEO, Continental India, said, “Continental is committed to India. Thanks to a strong local ecosystem, progressive legislation, and our huge engineering talent enabling our ambitious growth. We have made significant investments here in the last few years, including greenfield manufacturing plants and the expansion of production lines for vehicle electronics for passenger cars and two-wheelers. Our new R&D campus represents yet another milestone in our growth.”
Innovation at TCI
TCI is a part of Continental’s Software and Central Technologies (SCT) organization, and has an engineering workforce focused on multiple domains covering advanced safety technologies, autonomous driving, connected mobility technologies, and many other future mobility trends. The centre actively engages with top engineering institutions in India for cutting-edge research and to build competencies in niche areas to fuel innovation. With a strong workforce, TCI is one of Continental’s largest and key R&D locations globally, catering to both global and local markets. Established in 2009, the centre has grown over the years both in terms of people and competencies.
Explaining further about the TCI vision, Latha Chembrakalam, Head of Technical Centre India, Continental Automotive added, “Technology and its multiplier effect drive business transformations, competitive advantages and newer customer experiences. With the evolution of software-defined vehicles, there will be further growth of safety and convenience features, newer in-vehicle experiences, and so on. TCI will continue to have a larger role to play in Continental’s efforts to define the future of mobility, and our engineers play a key role in placing India on the global automotive R&D map.”