Continental has opened a combined NOx sensor production and storage facility in Trutnov in the Czech Republic creating 200 jobs.

The investment in the Trutnov powertrain plant - opened in 2008 - further adds to the 19,000 strong Continental workforce in the Czech and Slovak Republics.

"With this investment in Trutnov in the North East of the Czech Republic, Continental will be in an excellent position to meet the increasing demand for advanced NOx sensors," said Continental head of Sensors & Actuators Business Unit, Powertrain Division, Klaus Hau.

The supplier added the electronic components detect nitrogen oxides in the exhaust gas of a vehicle and provide data for the effective conversion of NOx into harmless substances.

Around 3,000 m2 of the new hall will be dedicated to nine new production lines, another 2,220 m2 will provide storage space. Two SMT lines for the production of printed circuit boards complement the sensor manufacturing.

"Linking the existing production and storage areas to the new construction plant has been a great challenge since the beginning of the project," says head of the Technical Department at the Continental plant in Trutnov, Jirí Barvínek

"Despite the tight schedule, we focused on maximum functionality and energy efficiency of the building, as well as the most effective solution for new automated production."