The new Research and Development Center Continental Queretaro   


The State of Queretaro has characterized by its manufacturing vocation for more than 30 years with the arrival of companies as CNH, Singer, Kellogg’s, Gerber, Samsung, to mention a few, placing the entity with a high competitiveness level.  However, in the last years companies had bet on local talent not only for its workforce quality on the plant, but for the innovation that can be delivered to design the products before starting its production.


As well as the developed countries that show higher rates of social and economic wellbeing, thanks to their investment in education, science, technology and innovation, the State has adopted actions to promote these items through resources from the State and Federal Executive, as well as the same companies have decided to implement new schemes to fulfill innovations in their production processes, which implies the development of new technology, where in the end it translates into being more competitive.


An example of this was the announcement of investment and the foundation stone of the German company leader in technological development and innovative services in favor of mobility, Continental, which will install in Queretaro its new Research and Development Center to develop high quality technology for the global automotive industry.


This new Center will have a 10-year investment of 50 million euros, this means, 1,149 million pesos, which will initially generate 160 high-level jobs, anticipating closing 2018 with 425 employees and within four years reaching 1,100 people working in the areas of software engineering, algorithms, testing and mechanics. It will be located in the commercial and financial complex Q7001 south of the City. The Center facilities will be equipped to encourage and promote creativity, collaboration and innovation of its employees with open spaces, modern work sites as well as galleries and sites dedicated to art.


Jorge Vazquez Murillo, director of the R&D Center Mexico, said that Continental was looking for a favorable place to develop innovation in a sustainable manner, which is why they chose Queretaro as the this center venue; due to the high competitiveness of the State, its good industrial and academic environment, its level of security, talent level, among other aspects.


“Queretaro is an industrial location in accelerated growth in recent years.  Many universities are concentrated and the number of researchers per inhabitant here is the highest in the country. This is clearly reflected in the quality of graduates, which allows them to have a well-developed, solid engineering capacity that can very easily become an area of research and development,” Jorge Vazquez said in his speech.


It is important to mention that the Research and Development Center in Queretaro will be linked to public and private universities in the area, providing the opportunity to outstanding students to combine their academic knowledge and experience.


“With these actions, Continental Mexico demonstrates its capacity not only to be a high-tech manufacturer, but also to be one of the main players in the development of current mobility trends and a leading creator of the technology that automobiles will use in the future,” asserted the development director of Continental Mexico.


He said that the first training program of Continental in Queretaro on embedded systems was successfully held in 2017 with the participation of 15 recently graduated talents.  Also in 2017 they achieved to establish the bases of this collaborative project in Queretaro, in which the academy, the Research Center and the automotive industry participate, focusing in a mobility project for intelligent cities.  Such project intends to generate an experimentation field on vehicle technology and of mobility to trigger the automotive technological investment for Mexico from the State of Queretaro.


For his part, Marco Antonio Galluzzi, vice-president of Human Resources and Human Relations of Continental Mexico, said that growth in Mexico is not only based on productive areas, but also on research and development, which makes Continental Mexico a part key to create future mobility trends.


“Our company Continental has 4 values which are the base in everything we do: passion for winning one for another, freedom to act and trust; today I see those values present in this project,” said Marco Galluzi.


The Research and Development Center of Continental Queretaro is another example of how Mexico is an important element for the German company success, it is already present in 11 states of the country with more than 24,000 employees. The opening of these Continental facilities in the second quarter of the year will increase its technological capacity for innovation and research to endorse its position as a key player in the construction of the mobility of the future, driven by innovation of Queretaro for the world.


The event was also attended by legal director of Continental LATAM, Luis Enriquez de Rivera Morales; Marisol Contreras Hernandez, expansion project leader in Queretaro from the Research and Development Center of Continental Mexico; the governor of Queretaro, Francisco Dominguez Servien; head of the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Marco Antonio del Prete and Marcos Aguilar, mayor of Queretaro, as well as other collaborators from Continental Mexico.


“Today in Queretaro we are ready to develop the most advanced technology in the world together with “Continental Automotive,” to contribute with our engineers ideas for the manufacturing of self-driving vehicles and to transform the national automotive industry,” said Francisco Dominguez.


Thus, with the installation of Continental Automotive, Queretaro consolidates its national leadership in investments, science, technology and innovation, locating in the second place nationally with more teaching personnel with more than 3,253 researchers that belong to 36 Research Centers among private institutions, of higher education, federal, state and CONACYT.  According with the Council for Science and Technology of Queretaro (CONCYTEQ, by its Spanish initials,) 21.1 % of them are ascribed to the National System of Researchers, this means, 68.


It is important to mention that the Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro has 14 schools and faculties that develop research lines, where they welcomed a total of 456 researchers, of whom 65.8 % belonged to the SNI.  With this, Queretaro is the third entity in the ranking of science and technology, just below the big metropolises such as Mexico City and Nuevo Leon.


CONACYT, believes in Queretaro

The State of Queretaro already has four high level research centers from the CONACYT network: The Advanced Technology Center (CIATEQ, by its Spanish initials,) the Center of Research and Technological Development in Electrochemistry (CIDETEQ, by its Spanish initials,) the Center of Engineering and Industrial Development (CIDESI, by its Spanish initials,) and the National Center of Aeronautics Technologies (CENTA, by its Spanish initials) recently opened in the municipality of Colon.  This last one is another achievement for the development and research of Queretaro and of Mexico.  It is the fourth world-class research center opened in Queretaro by CONACYT, what locates the State as a new creator of knowledge and innovation.  Nevertheless, the Interdisciplinary Center of Metropolitan Studies (CentroMet, by its Spanish initials) is in a construction process.


Within the framework of the CENTA's opening ceremony, the 2016 and 2017 research awards were presented by the Mexican Academy of Sciences, in the categories of Exact Sciences, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities and Engineering and Technology; among which stands out the award given to Roque Alfredo Osornio Rios, academic of the Faculty of Engineering of the Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro.

The Mexico Award was also granted to Maria Angela Nieto Toledano, for her outstanding career in the research field.  In addition, CONACYT delivered a symbolic distinction to Mayra Paloma Macias Acosta for receiving the 400 scholarship of the organism.