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Continental Automotive announces to locally produce Passenger car ABS and ESC at its plant in Gurgaon, Haryana

India: On account of increasing awareness and acceptance of safety technologies like airbags, Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) in India, the Chassis & Safety Division of Continental Automotive has announced to start its production for ABS and ESC units within 2016. The company will set up a new assembly line for ABS and ESC units for passenger cars and later ABS units for two-wheelers, in its existing Continental Automotive Brake Systems plant in Gurgaon, Haryana. Moreover, the localisation of the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) is planned for the year 2018 in Bangalore. The company is targeting the delivery of its first localized ABS/ESC products for India to a leading vehicle manufacturer, by the end of 2016.

According to Claude d’Gama Rose, Managing Director, Continental Automotive Components India, “India tops the list of nations in total number of road fatalities. The widespread use of ABS, airbags and ESC in vehicles can contribute considerably to reducing the number of serious injuries and fatalities on Indian roads.” He further added, “With decades of experience in this area, Continental offers a portfolio of high performance and advanced products which can contribute to greater road safety”

In 2014, 32,524 people lost their lives, and over 127,000 were injured in two wheeler accidents in India. As per the recent notification from the Indian Ministry of Road Transport and Highways all two wheelers with an engine capacity exceeding 125cc manufactured from April 1, 2017 need to be fitted with anti-lock braking systems. Therefore, all existing two wheelers exceeding 125cc need to be fitted with anti-lock braking systems from April 1, 2018.

TechSci Research is of the view that this will help Continental Automotive Components India expand its presence in the market as there is an increase in automotive production and sales, expanding automobile fleet, and continuously rising aftermarket demand.

The recent report published by TechSci Research, “India Automotive Brake Pads, Shoes, and Linings Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2020” depicts the current scenario and the growing potential of India’s market, wherein, the two-wheeler automotive brake pads & shoes segment is anticipated to maintain dominance in the overall automotive brake friction market.

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