Visteon Corporation which specializes in manufacture of components for vehicle cockpits has opened a new technical center in Mexico. The company’s newest engineering center is located in Querétaro, Mexico. Software, hardware and mechanical engineers at the Visteon Querétaro Technical Center will deal with the development of parts for OEMs like Ford, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, General Motors, Nissan and Honda.
When the facility attains its full capacity by the end of 2020, it is expected to have a workforce of almost 600 employees. They will work on the development of products like digital instrument clusters, infotainment and information displays, and new technologies related to connected and autonomous driving.
The new engineering center covers 6000 square meters and comprises two floors of collaborative workspace, four stories of underground parking, and amenities like a gym, outdoor terrace and on-site cafeteria. The team at the new engineering center will complement that at Visteon’s global headquarters and technical center in Van Buren Township, Michigan.
“Visteon’s comprehensive platforms leverage proven, scalable hardware and software solutions for cost efficiency, which has led to growth with our North America customers,” said Matthew Cole, senior vice president of product development. “To support that growth, our engineers in Querétaro will develop and support cutting-edge technology that will redefine the user experience and active safety.”
Visteon opted to establish the new technical center in the city of Querétaro due to its technology ecosystem and high-caliber software and validation talent pool. VTCQ is in close proximity to the UNITEC Technological University of Mexico and hence is likely to benefit from this close access to the technical talent from the university and the surrounding areas.
The company also has ambitious plans to set up a complete technology campus and thus further expand its presence in Querétaro. It has acquired office space minutes away from VTCQ, and this will be transformed into a “unique” laboratory building.
The lab will support vibration, environmental and EMC (electromagnetic compatibility) testing, and it will be a fully capable DV/PV certification testing laboratory with up to 20 testing chambers. The 2,175 square meter lab will house 35 engineers and technicians, and include a 460 square meter mezzanine for up to another 70 engineers.
Construction of the new lab is expected to be complete in the first half of 2020.
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