Continental launches sensor output in China
CHANGHUN, China -- Continental AG has launched three production lines to build NOx (nitrogen oxide) sensors, high temperature sensors and canister purge solenoids at its plant in Changchun, China.
The products will help automakers meet China's Euro 4 air emissions regulations, which will take effect on July 1, 2013, the German supplier said.
In China, Continental has the capacity to produce up to 500,000 NOx sensors and more than 1 million canister purge solenoids annually.
Mathia Miedrich, chief of Continental's exhaust and emissions segment, says the new standard will generate "a huge demand of products and solutions for exhaust and emission reduction."
Continental Automotive Changchun Co., which was established in 1995, employs more than 3,000 workers in its manufacturing and r&d facilities.
The Changchun project is part of a broader investment in China. In August, Continental announced plans to build a 33 million euro (262 million yuan) plant in Wuhu to produce cockpit instrumentation and driver controls.
At the time, the company also said it would expand its factory in the Jiading industrial zone of Shanghai to produce power window lifters, door control units and circuit board assemblies for instrument clusters, faceplates and climate control systems.
Continental has 18 factories, eight technical centers and 16,000 employees in China.