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Auto firm's R&D opens new Singapore office

Posted: 09 Jun 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:R&D? automotive technology? carbody electronics?

The body & security business unit of the Continental Automotive Group's interior division has chosen Singapore for its expanded R&D activities in Asia. This unit, together with the existing R&D centers for the infotainment & connectivity; instrumentation & driver HMI; and commercial vehicle & aftermarket business units at Continental Automotive Singapore, will be moving to its new building in 2012.

With a total capital investment of about $31 million, the new Continental Singapore building aims to meet the demand of growing engineering capacities fueled by the worldwide business expansion and particularly the growth in Asia. Designed to house a maximum of 1,000 people or almost double of today's employees, the new building serves three major purposes: an office site for R&D and related daily operations; a specialized automotive product verification and validation hub; and a reliability test laboratory as well as a test car space for in-vehicle R&D activity.

Andreas Wolf, executive VP, for body & security said, "The decision for Singapore was made after carefully evaluating several options for a new Asian R&D location. With our instrumentation & driver HMI, infotainment & connectivity, as well as commercial vehicles and aftermarket business units, there are three interior division entities that have already been operating in Singapore successfully for many years, giving us the advantage to build upon an established R&D infrastructure and to generate synergies. The existing R&D structures at Continental Automotive Singapore offer excellent development process maturity and are fully capable of handling complete customer application projects. Singapore is a well-established R&D location and all supportive location services are fully available."

Lo Kien Foh, managing director, Continental Automotive Singapore Pte. Ltd., said, "We are very pleased that the body & security business unit will open a further development hub in our Singapore R&D center. These engineering activities in the carbody electronics area will broaden our local engineering competencies while contributing to the attractiveness of our location for local employees."

The body & security business unit focuses on electronic systems that enable access to vehicles, control driving authorization, and ensure the availability of security and comfort features within the vehicle. The product spectrum includes body and lighting control units, power closing controls (windows, liftgates and sun roofs), seat comfort systems, battery & energy management, tire information systems, intelligent antenna modules, security and wireless access control systems. Body & security has been performing successfully in Asia and has won many new Asian projects. Thus additional manpower is urgently needed to get these products on the road and to support the future growth in Asia. Singapore has always been an engineering hub for the interior division. Today, three of the interior division's four business units are already located in Singapore.

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