Development of new safety and powertrain technologies customized to the Chinese market underline commitment to grow in Asia. For example, the international automotive supplier Continental AG has opened a new Automotive Tech Center in Jiading Industrial Zone, Shanghai.
Two divisions of the Continental Automotive Group, Chassis & Safety and Powertrain, have invested in Jiading to conduct vehicle application development and system test of new technology and products customized for the Chinese OEM market.
The engineering activities cover electronic brake systems, hydraulic brake systems, and engine management and system control.
According to Autobeat the new Tech Center currently has approximately 10,000 square meters of construction space completed.
The entire site is made up of three main buildings and other accessory facilities for engineering offices, product test laboratories, vehicle work garages, and facility equipment.
The front office building is a standalone four-floor building with a total area of about 3900 square meters and the other two lab test buildings are respectively for brake system and powertrain system tests.
According to the plan, about 200 engineers will work at this location by 2011.