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Continental in Chatham Celebrates 75 Years with Name Change

What better way to celebrate 75 years in Chatham-Kent than with a new name. Continental has changed its name to Vitesco Technologies Canada, ULC; the Powertrain business area of Continental, has become its own legal entity, Vitesco Technologies GmbH. Over their 75-year history, they have been known by many names, starting with Donaldson Co. Canada Ltd. (1945), Fram Corporation (1958), Bendix Corporation (1974), Bendix Allied Signal (1983), Siemens (1988) Siemens VDO (2001), and Continental (2007).

“Even though our name and colours have changed, the people and products that we develop have not.  Our brand values - Passionate, Partnering, Pioneering - tell who we are and where we are headed,” said Ken Nydam, Director at Vitesco Technologies.

Vitesco Technologies employs approximately 140 people locally in the areas of IT, Finance, Technicians, Technologists, Machinists, MCAD Designers, FEA experts and Quality, Industrial, and Mechanical & Electrical Engineering.

“I’m very proud to have Vitesco Technologies, an innovative company that is a leader on the global stage, located right here in Chatham-Kent,” said Mayor Darrin Canniff. “They employ the best and brightest minds in the industry and have a long-standing tradition of developing products that raise the bar.”

Their focus is on developing engine actuators for internal combustion, hybrid, battery electric and fuel cell vehicles for the passenger car, commercial, and industrial markets.

Vitesco Technologies is located at 700 Park Avenue East, Chatham, Ontario. You can learn more about them, including a variety of available job postings on their website at



Vitesco Technologies is a jewel in the history of Chatham-Kent.
With a long-standing tradition of excellence and innovation dating back 75 years, Vitesco Technologies is a jewel in the history of Chatham-Kent.

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    • Electrified. Our Target: We pave the way for clean mobility through electrification.
    • Emotion. Our Spirit: We develop intelligent, reliable solutions to enable (e)motion.
    • Everywhere. Our Arena: We make e-mobility possible everywhere – for every market, every architecture, for everyone.
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Media Contact:

Andrew Tompsett
Marketing and Communications Officer, Economic Development Services
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
Phone: 519-352-8401 x2039
Fax: 519-436-3237