Continental is continuing to expand its European production capacities, celebrating the groundbreaking ceremony for its first plant in Kaunas, Lithuania. From the second half of 2019, electronic components for the European market will be manufactured in the technology company’s new electronics plant. Components will include door and seat control units as well as gateways and units for intelligent glass control, whose film technology allows the vehicle glazing to be darkened automatically or via user input. Furthermore, short and long-range radar sensors for comfort and safety functions and the Assisted & Automated Control Unit (ADCU) – a safe & secure multipurpose processing platform ideally suited for applications in the realm of Highly Automated Driving – will be produced.
Continental will be investing €95 million over the next five years and will create around 1,000 new jobs. The recruiting phase has already been started, firstly focusing on production related areas such as Industrial Engineering, Logistics, Manufacturing Operations and Production, as well as Quality.
“The construction of our first plant in Lithuania is an important part of our growth strategy in Europe. We are glad that with the modern industrial region here in Kaunas, the excellent infrastructure and the highly qualified workforce, we have found the ideal location”, said Helmut Matschi, member of the Continental Executive Board and head of the Interior division.
“Lithuania for a while has been trying to attract the manufacturers of complex automotive electronics components. However, even capable of offering everything that is needed for the companies of this industry, Lithuania did not enter the list of investors due to the size of the market and the distance to the car manufacturers. ‘Continental’ is one of the first companies to notice the potential of the country and its coming is one of the factors that helped to map Lithuania in the map of this industry. As the manufacturers of automotive components carry out the most direct foreign investment projects in Europe, a great amount of opportunities now opens to Lithuania”, stated Virginijus Sinkevicius, the Minister of Economy.
“The market for automotive electronics is surging as the number of in-vehicle electronics systems continues to rise. With the latest addition to our global network of 30 electronics plants, we are continuing to expand our production capacity. This will enable us to meet the growing customer demand even more effectively,” said Dr. Hans-Jürgen Braun, head of Continental’s electronics plants.