Continental expands production of tyre pressure monitoring system in India | Autocar Professional

Continental has expanded the production of its Tyre Pressure Monitoring
System (TPMS) for passenger cars at its Bangalore plant and inaugurated the same. This expansion comes as a response to the increasing market demand in India and targets to significantly enhance the production capacity.

Launching with a capacity of 3.3 million wheel units per year, the new TPMS line is an expansion of the existing one, with further growth plans for the line in the near future.

Advancing Continental’s smart manufacturing initiatives, this state-of-the-art TPMS line features fully automated processes with nominal manual intervention. With this expanded line, Continental stays committed to supporting local OEMs while also targeting export markets, primarily Korea.

Ramnath Sivaraman, Head of Motion Technologies and Services, within Business Area Safety and Motion, Continental Automotive India stated, “Keeping in mind the growing demand and the evolving market needs, Continental has expanded the existing TPMS line. This validates Continental’s perseverance to meeting the rising demands for advanced, and affordable safety technologies. The launch of this second-generation TPMS will contribute to cleaner mobility and further advance vehicle safety by ensuring optimal tyre pressure.”

The second generation of TPMS is much more accurate for measuring tyre pressure, temperature, and motion from inside the tyre . It transmits this information via radio frequency and the vehicle communication network to display it in the instrument cluster. Precise and timely information about tyre conditions is vital to sustaining optimal air pressure, thereby ensuring vehicle safety and improving efficiency. The new TPMS line will initially begin by assembling the wheel
units locally, and in the second phase the plan is to localise child parts.

Continental’s Bangalore plant, the company’s largest electronics manufacturing plant in India, exemplifies a smart factory. Technologies like Cobots, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, automated replenishment systems, automated optical inspection, automated guided vehicles, and big data applications ensure operational efficiency, precision, and transparency.

These smart manufacturing processes adopted by Continental provide a strategic advantage both in rapid localisation and also in faster product-to-market solutions. 

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