Continental Expands TPMS Production At Bangalore Plant

Mobility Outlook Bureau
25 Jun 2024
12:22 PM
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The second-generation TPMS offers enhanced accuracy in measuring pressure, temperature, and motion from inside the tyre.


In response to the increasing market demand in India and with an aim to significantly enhance production capacity Continental has expanded the production of its Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) for passenger cars at its Bangalore plant.

Continental's TPMS provides numerous benefits, including optimised tyre usage, enhanced driving safety, lower CO₂ emissions, reduced fuel consumption, and extended battery range for electric vehicles. Advanced features like 'problem tyre' localisation and user-friendly smartphone apps such as the Filling Assistant and Tyre Data further enhance its usability and value for consumers. The TPMS has a reliable lifespan of up to ten years and a lightweight design, setting high industry standards.

The new TPMS line, launching with an initial capacity of 3.3 million wheel units per year, is an extension of the existing line, with plans for further growth in the near future. Advancing Continental's smart manufacturing initiatives, the state-of-the-art TPMS line features fully automated processes with minimal manual intervention. This expansion will support local OEMs and target export markets, primarily Korea.

Ramnath Sivaraman, Head of Motion Technologies and Services, within Business Area Safety and Motion, Continental Automotive India, stated, 'Considering the growing demand and evolving market needs, Continental has expanded the existing TPMS line. The launch of this second-generation TPMS will contribute to cleaner mobility and further vehicle safety by ensuring optimal tire pressure.'

The second-generation TPMS offers enhanced accuracy in 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 for maintaining optimal air pressure, ensuring vehicle safety, and improving efficiency. The new TPMS line will initially assemble the wheel units locally, with plans to localise child parts in the second phase.

Phanindra Karody, Head of the Bangalore Plant, Continental Automotive India, added, 'The newly expanded TPMS line features cutting-edge smart manufacturing processes, including collaborative robots (Cobots) and digital traceability systems. Over the next three years, we plan to double our TPMS production capacity to support our growth, making mobility safer, eco-friendlier, and more comfortable.'

Continental’s Bangalore plant, the company’s largest electronics manufacturing facility in India, exemplifies a smart factory. Technologies such as 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 provide the company with a strategic advantage in rapid localisation and faster product-to-market solutions, reinforcing its leadership in the automotive technology industry. Additionally, the plant is Green Plant Label Gold certified, aligning with Continental’s sustainability ambitions.

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