Continental Australia will continue to employ about 50 engineering employees after car manufacturing ends in Australia in 2017.
According to the company, those employees will work on future platforms for products that will be manufactured at various Continental locations overseas.
The recent decision from the German parent company has ended future uncertainty for the local engineering team and has even given hope for future expansion. The company sees the opportunity for the engineering team to grow, particularly in the area of software in line with increasing complexity of products.
The Australian operation is recognised as one of Continental’s most experienced and cost effective design centres of vehicle systems and electronic components.
Operating within the Business Unit ‘Instrumentation & Driver HMI’ and with a focus on new and innovative technologies, Continental continues to expand solutions for the automotive industry.
The local engineering team is joined by the ongoing presence of the Continental Tyre Division in Australia which continues to grow its market share capitalising on an increasing number of Original Equipment vehicle fitments, strong tyre retailer relationships and a commitment to improving the safety of vehicles driven on Australian roads.
The Continental Aftermarket segment continues to distribute the VDO brand of products to key commercial and automotive companies throughout Australia and New Zealand