Conti Opens New Romania R&D Centre
On December 3, a year and a week after its foundation stone was laid, Continental inaugurated a new office building for its Automotive Group R&D centre employees in the Romanian city of Iasi. The 9,000 square metre premises was erected at a cost of around 20 million euros, and will host the research and engineering brains behind all three of the Automotive Group’s divisions: Chassis & Safety, Powertrain, and Interior. Development activities at the new site will range from electronic brake systems and chassis components to hybrid electric drives and body and security as well as infotainment. In total, approximately 450 people are currently employed at the site.
“We are glad that, despite a challenging economic environment, we were able to finish this project successfully and we are proud to officially open the new Continental building for our colleagues in Iasi,” declared Dr. Christian von Albrichsfeld, head of Continental Automotive R&D Romania, during the official opening ceremony. The new centre’s director, Michael Kiener, added: “The logo on the new building symbolically enhances the presence of Continental in the city for its employees and for every citizen in the town.”