ERJ staff report (PR)
Kaluga, Russia – Continental’s automotive division has opened a new €24-million production facility at its Russian production site in Kaluga, the company announced 5 June.
The high-tech facility has a capacity of up to one million engine control units as well as 500,000 fuel supply units and 500,000 fuel rail systems.
“With the new plant, we have increased our production capacity in Russia, and that will enable us to serve customers in Russia on a long-term basis with products manufactured in Russia,” said José Avila, a Continental board member and president of its powertrain division.
“This is a further strategic step to positioning ourselves in the rapidly growing Russian automotive market as one of the world’s leading supplier of electronics,” added Avila.
The 7,200-square-metre facility is close to Volkswagen, Volvo Trucks and PSA assembly plants and is equipped with state-of-the-art production technology. The production lines are extremely flexible, so they can quickly be adapted to meet new customer requirements.
Among other things, the new facility will help to meet the demand for efficient, electronically controlled engine systems, which is growing rapidly in response to Russia’s stricter emissions standards. From 2015 on, the Euro 5 emission standard will apply to new cars.
Fuel supply units produced in Kaluga for gasoline engines with either a direct or a manifold injection system are made up of a number of different components (fuel supply pump, level gauge, tubes and lines, and also electric cables), which together form a module that is built into the tank.
By 2016 it is expected to increase workforce within the Automotive Divisions in Kaluga to about 330 employees. At present, the whole Continental Group provides work in Kaluga for more than 800 employees.
Beside the automotive group, also the Continental tire division, (with more than 500 employees) and ContiTech division (about 80 employees) operate in Kaluga.
In autumn 2013, Conti opened a €240 million tire factory there, while ContiTech recently started up a new plant for the production of components for air conditioning and power steering systems.