ContiTech opens R&D center in China
Continental AG’s ContiTech Division has opened the Changshu Research & Develpment Center in China that will develop products for vehicle mounting and vibration control technology.
In close collaboration with customers such as Geely, Great Wall Motor Co., GM, Shanghai Volkswagen and Qoros, ContiTech has invested about $10.4 million in the R&D center, which will employ 30 engineers by the end of 2013.
The company says an order from automotive manufacturer Qoros was the deciding factor for expansion of the company's research and development competencies in Asia. In 2010, the ContiTech Vibration Control business unit won the bid to collaborate with its engine mounts in the development of the central platform for assembly of Qoros first production model.
"We made a very clear decision to carry out development in the regions where the key global automakers are active: in Europe, North and South America, and now, of course, in Asia as well," says Kai Uwe Frühauf, head of ContiTech's Vibration Control business unit.
The center is located in Jiangsu Province, 100 kilometers from Shanghai. The province is home to several automotive manufacturers. In addition to China, Asian markets in Korea, Japan, and India can also be ideally served from the Changshu location.