• Strengthens presence in Mexico and Americas region

  • Development center for the seamless integration of light, sensors and electronics

  • One of several new OSRAM Continental locations to be dedicated in 2019

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (April 11, 2019) - OSRAM Continental GmbH, a global supplier of intelligent automotive lighting solutions, celebrated the opening of its new location in Guadalajara, Mexico today. The 21,700 square foot (2,100 square meter) facility will initially employ about 65 people and serve as a research and development (R&D) center to support business, primarily in the Americas region.

Dr. Dirk Linzmeier, CEO of OSRAM Continental GmbH was on-hand to commemorate the event along with other company leaders, employees and local dignitaries. “The opening of the new facility in Guadalajara is an exciting milestone for OSRAM Continental. This is a strategically important location that strengthens our footprint in Mexico and the Americas region and allows us to better serve our regional customers,” said Linzmeier. “This facility is an important addition to our global R&D initiatives focused on intelligent automotive lighting solutions for the evolving automotive market.”

Over the last decade, Mexico has been one of the world’s fastest growing automotive markets in the world and is currently the fourth largest exporter in the industry. According to IHS Markit, in just the last four years, Mexico vehicle production increased by 25 percent reaching approximately four million vehicles in 2018. This growth is driven by the presence of almost every major global brand in the automotive market.

“As automotive lighting continues to evolve from a basic function to a highly sophisticated feature, it affords our customers the opportunity to differentiate their products with lighting design,” said Julian Dench, head of the Americas region and managing director for OSRAM Continental Mexico, who also attended the event. “We see tremendous potential for intelligent automotive lighting applications in the Americas market.”

Launching its operations in July 2018, OSRAM Continental is a new player and innovator in the automotive lighting industry with the goal of shaping the future of mobility lighting. As digitalization continues to transform the automotive industry, the joint venture company is well positioned to use its combined expertise to offer intelligent lighting solutions to its global customers.