In case you’re not aware, the Continental brand (in Malaysia) does not only make tyres for your cars. The German company also manufacture and supply automotive parts at their plant in Prai, Penang. Continental Automotive Components Malaysia Sdn Bhd has just broke the ground for the expansion and upgrade works in its Penang plant to ensure the plant’s future readiness moving towards Industry 4.0.
With an investment of approximately €7 million (RM31.5 million), the plant will transform into an advanced smart factory equipped with state-of-the-art automated machinery and digitization to enable faster insights-to-actions, better connectivity, more efficient process and ultimately higher productivity. The upgrade will cover all aspects of the plant from material handling, supply and logistics as well as Research & Development.
The company supplies instrument clusters (analogue and digital) to major brands such as Proton, Perodua, Toyota, Kawasaki and many others. Continental Automotive also work together with car makers in the software development and testing of next-generation instrument clusters, Volkswagen’s Active Info Display is a prime example.
Managing Director of Continental Automotive Malaysia Sdn Bhd. Luciano Oliveira said: “We are striving for continuous operational excellence, the future smart factory will have one continuous shop floor that ensures more efficient people access and process flow, with reduced production space to strengthen cost efficiency. The optimized production layout will enhance the manufacturing capacity and leave more space for the plant to receive more new businesses. The transformation will provide for long term viability, with more innovations and digital solutions for tomorrow”
“With the expansion, more jobs will be created. The R&D office will see to an increase of another 150 engineers by 2020.” he added.