- The annual award is prestigious in the Global Center of Excellence (GCoE) ecosystem in India
- Recognizes impact made by Indian R&D centers
Technology company Continental won two awards for excellence in R&D for its R&D Center, Technical Center India (TCI). This coveted award, insitituted by the leading global management and strategy consulting firm Zinnov, recognizes Indian R&D centers that have created an impact on a global scale, every year.
Continental was recognized for excellence in two categories in the 2020 edition, from among 350+ nominations from 150+ companies, for different categories, and selected after an intensive award process involving 45+ eminent jurors from the industry.
The first category in which TCI has won, Unlocking Centre Value, recognizes R&D Organizations across both Engineering and Enterprise IT centers that have rapidly evolved from being a pure play cost center to a value center. Building a Culture of Intrapreneurial Leadership, the second category, recognizes GCoEs that create and sustain a culture that encourages, develops, and nurtures intrapreneurial leaders, and have made concerted efforts to drive a strong leadership philosophy with allied programs that identify and develop leaders to deliver key business outcomes.
TCI, Continental India’s largest location, today supports R&D requirements for all businesses within the automotive technologies business sector of Continental, globally. Within a short time, TCI has built competencies across domains, and has a large engineering workforce working on areas such as advanced safety technologies, autonomous driving technologies, and connected mobility. The center is today the global software center for excellence and the headquarters of the Software Academy, in addition to emerging as the Regional R&D Center and Asia Application Hub for specific markets for some of the businesses. TCI also houses centers of competence in niche areas, e.g., COC on Machine Learning.
According to Alexander Klotz, Head – Continental Technical Center India, “Continental is focused on defining the future of mobility through technologies and building a healthy mobility ecosystem. R&D is at the foundation of all this, and we have invested a lot of effort in building world-class R&D centers.”
“The Zinnov Awards stand testimony to the organizational maturity of TCI, not just in building competencies, but in the depth of engagements, strong ecosystem connects and thought leadership we have built up in the market. As one of the largest R&D locations of Continental globally, TCI is a true success story of ‘from India to the World.’”
Congratulating Continental for the award, Pari Natarajan, CEO, Zinnov, said, “Zinnov Awards has recognized the Titans in Technology – both at an organization and individual level. These Global Centers of Excellence (GCoEs) and technocrats have not just put India on the global R&D map, but positioned the country as an evolved R&D destination. Continental’s win this year underscores the company’s and the center’s commitment to excellence coupled with strong leadership and processes that have enabled it to establish a benchmark of value.”