Vitesco Technologies to build new R&D centre in China
April 24, 2020 – Continental’s powertrain business Vitesco Technologies has announced plans to construct a new research and development (R&D) centre in China.
To build the R&D facility, the firm has signed a corresponding agreement with the Administration Committee of the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA).
Vitesco will develop technologies for hybrid and electric powertrains in the new R&D centre.
To be built in the Chinese port metropolis of Tianjin, the facility will include office space as well as a test lab where electric drive technologies can be tested and validated with several advanced test facilities.
The new complex, with a gross floor area of 9,000m², will be added to the facility where Vitesco is manufacturing the fully integrated electric axle drive system for PSA and Hyundai from October last year.
Scheduled to be completed in 2021, the new facility extends the research and development capacity for zero-emission propulsion technologies in the Asia-Pacific region.
Systems, software, electronics, mechatronics and testing engineers as well as supporting functions and attracts talents across the world will be included in the new facility.
The portfolio of Vitesco ranges from 48-volt mild hybrid technologies and key components for hybrid to full battery-electric powertrains that includes power electronics, charging, battery management system and electric axle drive.
Vitesco Technologies Electrification Technology business unit head Thomas Stierle said: “Our company’s strategy is clearly focused on electrified powertrains. As electrification pioneer we count on more than ten years of experience in electrification and we have a broad, highly attractive product portfolio.
“The new centre in Tianjin further expands our development capacities right in the centre of where we expect the biggest electrification growth over the next years.”