07 December 2012

Continental Opens 2nd Plant in Changchun, China; Investment of RMB 300 million

- Continental’s largest manufacturing base in China and Asia 
- Increase production for Chassis & Safety and Interior divisions 
- Continental now has 19 manufacturing and 8 R&D locations in China 

Changchun, China – 07 December 2012 - Continental, one of the leading international automotive suppliers, announced the opening of its 2nd plant Jingyue Branch, a new addition to Continental Automotive (Changchun) Co., Ltd. in Jilin in China. As Continental’s largest manufacturing base in China and Asia with the investment of RMB 300 million, the new plant will be fully operational in early January 2013, and play a significant role in meeting increasing demand from both local and global markets.

Dr. Elmar Degenhart, Chairman of the Executive Board of Continental AG, said, “China is a very important market for Continental’s future growth. The 2nd plant in Changchun 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.” 

The new plant is our 19th production facility in China and it strengthens our position as a leading automotive supplier,” said Mr. Jay Kunkel, President of Continental China. “We have been accelerating our development in Chinat hrough continuous investments and talent recruitment. I am very excited to witness the opening of the 2nd plant in Changchun, as it will play a crucial role both with regard to our localization strategy and development and delivery of our best-in-class quality products to our customers in China and worldwide.” 

The new plant is located in the Moon Lake Development Zone, eleven kilometers away from the existing 1st plant. With a total land space of 109,200 square meters, the facility includes a production area, ware house, office building, laboratory and R&D center. With the company’s product specialization strategy in place, the primary goal of the new plant is to optimize and increase production for Continental’s Chassis & Safety and Interior divisions. The existing plant will be dedicated to Powertrain division’s engine systems and sensors and actuators products, while the Chassis & Safety and Interior divisions’ production lines from plant no. 1 will be transferred to the new plant on behalf of the four Business Units Passive Safety & Sensorics, Chassis Components, Body & Security and Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket. The annual production volume of this new plant is approximately 12.5 million units from Chassis & Safety division and 19 million units from Interior division. 

Established in 1995, the 1st plant, Continental Automotive (Changchun) Co., Ltd., is one of Continental China’s first manufacturing plants and remains a very important production base for Continental, serving 153 customers in 63 locations across China and 54 customers in 18 countries worldwide. Continental Automotive (Changchun) Co., Ltd. has a workforce of around 3,300 employees. 

Since its start in China in 1994, Continental has now 19 manufacturing and 8 R&D locations as well as approximately 16,000 employees in China. 

Source: Continental