Continental Engineering Services Is Expanding – Three New Branch Locations Inaugurated
Continental Engineering Services (CES) is expanding and opening three new sites in England, Germany and Italy. The new branch in Burgess Hill in England has a 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 protect vehicle occupants, pedestrians, and cyclists better and increase trust in automated driving functions.
At the new Continental Engineering Services site in Burgess Hill near London, around 100 engineers develop 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 Burgess Hill site's expertise includes software and image recognition and the development and adaptation of parking and turning manoeuvres technologies.
The new branch strengthens the company's market position in Great Britain, where CES already has a site in Lichfield. CES will in the future be using free production capacity at the Welsh production site in Ebbw Vale for the production of components, e.g. for electric drives and the Ac2ated Sound speaker-free sound system.
New site near Stuttgart for connectivity, electric drive, and acoustics issues
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. “We have moved closer to our customers in the greater Stuttgart area,” explains Lars Holger Seibert, Director of Sales & Marketing. “As a systems development partner, we can now support our customers even more efficiently in the development and implementation of customized solutions for the mobility of the future. Our focus is on disciplines such as electric mobility, vehicle acoustics, traffic safety, information and connectivity.” 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 intelligent connectivity solutions and efficient technologies for electric drives.
Continental Engineering Services is investing in a nearby acoustics centre in Marktgroeningen to implement complex projects in overall vehicle acoustics and thermal management.
Components that have already been tested in large-scale production, such as sensors, actuators or control units, and system development work, can be individually adapted and further developed to fit CES customers’ needs.
Uwe Hillburgeris has been appointed a new site manager, who previously held positions at Porsche and development service providers such as MBtech and AVL.
Continental Engineering Services has also opened a new subsidiary in Italy, serving Italian manufacturers of limited production series, niche, two-wheeled, and special vehicles.