Osram and Continental have agreed a joint venture, in which each has a 50% stake, to combine respective expertise in lighting, light control and electronics.

The Osram Continental JV is scheduled to start in the second half of 2018, once all the necessary merger control approvals have been granted. CEO Dirk Linzmeier comes from Osram and CFO Harald Renner from Continental.

“Digitalisation is creating new potential applications in automotive lighting and, in turn, tremendous opportunities that we want to leverage with Continental. By joining forces, we will be in an even better position to drive forward innovations by working closely with the automotive industry to integrate lighting, sensor technology and electronics seamlessly in a single application. This will allow us to advance new intelligent light functions such as the combination of lighting and sensor technology in a module or light-based communication between the driver, other road users and the vehicle’s surroundings,” said Hans-Joachim Schwabe, CEO of Osram’s speciality lighting division.

“We want to actively drive forward technological change in the lighting market within the automotive industry and develop even more innovative and intelligent lighting solutions. The joint venture will help us to establish the conditions for this since it combines our expertise in software and electronics with Osram’s automotive lighting expertise. As such, we will be able to offer our customers an unrivalled portfolio in the lighting market,” said Andreas Wolf, head of Continental’s body and sSecurity business unit.

The joint venture will be based within the region of Munich but will operate globally to ensure rapid development cycles with customers in their local areas. The product line will feature semiconductor-based lighting modules such as LED modules for front and rear headlights, laser modules and light control units.