Continental last week opened a new automotive hose manufacturing plant in Qingdao in China's Shandong province, according to local reports.

The auto parts maker has invested almost US$35m in the 84,000 sq m facility for the production of high quality, automotive hose, most of which will be destined for the local market. The plant is managed by Continental parts division ContiTech.

ContiTech's Chinese head, Qi Song, said the new facility would help the company meet growing local demand for higher performance components, as more and more local car owners upgrade to higher segment vehicles, including new energy vehicles. 

The new plant would particularly target rising demand for new-energy vehicles in the country, which have different hose requirements due to their high energy output. 

The supplier added the Qingdao plant would offer the latest in hose technology, including hoses designed to carry the new HFO-1234yf refrigerant, lightweight cooling water hoses for electric vehicles and GPF hoses that meet China's national IV standards.

ContiTech EVP Philip Nelles said his company was also planning to establish and R&D centre at the plant.