Continental expands Engineering Services subsidiary with three new branch locations
Continental Engineering Services (CES) is expanding and opening three new sites in England, Germany and Italy. The international development and production service provider is thus significantly expanding its capacities.
The new branch in Burgess Hill in England has a major strategic significance for Continental’s subsidiary. The site’s focus is on the development and adaptation of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). ADAS technologies are playing an increasingly important role in modern vehicles.
From 2022, all new cars in the European Union must be equipped with various assistance systems. These include emergency braking and lane departure warning systems as well as warning systems that detect driver fatigue. The new EU regulations are intended to help better protect vehicle occupants, pedestrians and cyclists and increase trust in automated driving functions.
At the new Continental Engineering Services site in Burgess Hill near London, around 100 engineers are developing solutions for advanced driver assistance systems. CES customers benefit from well-established processes.
The branch in Burgess Hill was part of the ADAS Business Unit of the Continental Group until the end of 2020. “The development teams in Burgess Hill strengthen our expertise in key disciplines,” explains Dr. Christoph Falk-Gierlinger, General Manager of CES. “The development of assistance systems and their integration into an increasingly digital vehicle architectures are rapidly becoming increasingly important. We offer intelligent solutions that meet the requirements of specific vehicle architecture and international legal requirements.” The expertise of the Burgess Hill site includes software and image recognition as well as the development and adaptation of technologies for parking and turning maneuvers.
CES is also pursuing a clear expansion strategy in Germany. The development service provider has now opened a new branch in Sindelfingen to provide even better support to key customers at the Continental automotive site in Baden-Wuerttemberg.
The engineers at the new branch in Sindelfingen specialize among other things in the integration of brake and advanced driver assistance systems as well as interior electronics systems and in the development of smart connectivity solutions and efficient technologies for electric drives. In addition, Continental Engineering Services is investing in a nearby acoustics center in Marktgroeningen in order to be able to implement complex projects in overall vehicle acoustics and thermal management even closer to the customer – disciplines in which CES has already been providing trustworthy support to major customers for years.
To drive forward its growth course in southern Europe as well, Continental Engineering Services has also opened a new subsidiary in Italy. The Turin branch serves in particular Italian manufacturers of limited production series, niche, two-wheeled, and special vehicles. It will be managed by Nicole Haring-Aue, Head of CES Italy. Here, too, customers benefit from exclusive access to Continental’s tried-and-tested large-scale production technologies.