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News   April 1, 2014   by CARS Magazine

Continental Celebrates Plant Expansion for Electric Parking Brake Production

International automotive supplier Continental celebrated the 8,200 square meter expansion of its manufacturing facility located in Fletcher, North Carolina, USA. The US$35 million investment added production and warehouse space, new...


International automotive supplier Continental celebrated the 8,200 square meter expansion of its manufacturing facility located in Fletcher, North Carolina, USA. The US$35 million investment added production and warehouse space, new manufacturing infrastructure as well as new equipment for machining and assembly, and will create approximately 40 new jobs in the state. The goal is to increase the production capacity and the production of Electric Parking Brakes (EPB) locally.

“I am very delighted about the plant expansion. The driving force behind this is the worldwide increasing demand in Electric Parking Brakes. The investment also demonstrates our commitment to exploring the US market for sustainable growth in the future and to be present for our customers locally”, said Matthias Matic, head of the Hydraulic Brake Systems business unit of Continental’s Chassis & Safety Division.

Electric Parking Brakes are gaining significant ground against traditional braking systems and will be fitted to an increasing range of vehicle models and classes within the next few years. The advantage of Electric Parking Brakes is that they perform various assistance functions in conjunction with electronic brake systems to add safety and convenience. Moreover, they operate at the press of a button. Vehicle manufacturers also enjoy greater flexibility in designing interiors because there is no more hand-brake lever to protrude into the passenger compartment.

“Thanks to the growing demand for brake calipers and the overall economic turnaround in North America, we have nearly tripled our regional production at the Fletcher facility over the past three years,” said Samir Salman, chief executive officer for Continental North America. “This investment demonstrates Continental’s commitment to deliver quality products to our customers and to the future growth of the automotive industry.”

A result of the rapid growth in business is in parallel an increase in employment opportunities: More than 200 new employees were hired in the last three years in Fletcher. The plant is part of the Hydraulic Brake Systems Business Unit of Continental’s Chassis & Safety Division and has become a strong contributor in the company’s strategy to further develop foundation brake and EPB product segments in the region. The plant has been located in Fletcher for more than 16 years and currently employs more than 600 employees.


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