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Continental to build new technical center in Brazil

ABR Staff Writer Published 22 November 2011

Continental, an international automotive supplier, is planning to invest BRL23m ($12.72m) to build a new technological centre in the Salto Industrial Park, 120km from downtown São Paulo, Brazil.

The company said that the new tech centre will expand its capabilities for testing emission, homologation and calibration on gasoline and diesel engines.

Brazilian vehicle manufacturers will have access to the infrastructure offered by the facility for developing and approving new engine and vehicle projects.

The technical centre is expected to be completed by the middle of next year and add 50 direct and indirect new jobs.

Continental head in Brazil Maurício Muramoto said the company already has support agreements signed with the vehicles manufacturers which will come into force in the second half of 2012.

The new center will provide all the main technology and resources of the powertrain portfolio, making the company a complete local option for the full supply of engine management systems.

Continental powertrain division head in Brazil Anderson Citron said Salto's strategic location and existing portfolio of the company's sensors and actuators, engine management and fuel supply technology will allow a fast response in handling new projects and providing services, and make the location Continental Powertrain Brazil's center of expertise.

"This investment positions Continental to meet the current market demand for powertrain technology and ensure outstanding service and support of our customers' needs," Citron said.