Continental AG will invest more than $35 million in its
Henderson, N.C., factory, which makes brake calipers for
passenger cars and light trucks, to meet rising demand.
Germany-based parts supplier said the investment will include
the construction of about 88,000 square feet of production and
warehouse space and the installation of new production
"We will increase our
current volume, improve our manufacturing processes and prepare
for future production demand," plant manager Jeff Scott said in
a statement July 31.
The Henderson plant
produced 7 million calipers in 2012 and is on track to make 9
million calipers this year. That trend is expected to continue
beyond 2014 as Continental landed supply contracts with five
new vehicle platform customers, which it supports from
"Since 2009, Henderson
has been challenged with a 34-percent year-over-year increase
in demand for our products," Scott said. "We currently equip
60,000 vehicles with our calipers each week and have nearly
doubled our work force over the past three years."
The plant will also
team with Continentals Rheinböllen, Germany,
facility to launch a new electro-mechanical caliper with
integrated parking brake.
The new product
requires an assembly process that "relies heavily on robotics,
integrated work cells and high-tech programming," Scott said,
which creates an opportunity to "improve our manufacturing
processes and demonstrate the technical competence and
adaptability of our employees."
Continental expects to hire 40 new workers over the next
five years. The plant has 600 employees.