Continental expanding brake production in North Carolina

Continental expanding brake production in North Carolina

$40 million investment will boost capacity for MK C1 system.

Morganton, North Carolina – Global automotive parts supplier Continental plans to spend more than $40 million to expand its Morganton, North Carolina, plant to increase production of braking systems. The expansion is expected to be completed in early 2018.

Terms of an incentive plan with the state calls for Continental to create 160 jobs during the next five years, bringing employment in Morganton to 560.

The expansion will add production floor space for Continental's MK C1 integrated brake system and extend warehouse and support areas.

"The Morganton Plant has a proven record for producing the current brake system and is a natural fit for expansion to meet the production needs of our newest product," said Samir Salman, CEO of Continental North America.

The electronic MK C1 is a regenerative braking system, the sort used for hybrid and electric vehicles to recapture braking energy as electricity. It is 30% lighter than traditional brakes and has a smaller footprint.

The system integrates the brake actuation, brake booster, and control systems – antilock braking systems (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) – into a one-box design module. The system can build up braking pressure (time to lock) in 150ms, twice the speed of conventional systems. The first car to use the brake is the Alfa Romeo Giulia.