WABCO, which is one of the leading suppliers in the world when it comes to technologies and devices for improving the safety, connectivity and efficiency of commercial vehicles, has decided to set up a new Engineering Innovation Center in Hanover, Germany. With this initiative, the company will be strengthening its position as a technology leader.
The foundation stone laying ceremony was attended by eminent executives from the automotive industry and government officials. The center, which covers an area of 11,500 square meters will become operational in 2018, and will have a workforce of 450 employees. The employees there will be focusing on development of the latest technologies and systems for commercial vehicles. These products and services will play a key role in facilitating more connected and automated driving thus helping to make safer and more efficient trucks, buses and trailers.
The new engineering innovation center will have innovative office spaces in addition to test rooms and laboratories helping making communication and cooperation between various product development teams more efficient. To foster a creative atmosphere, the new offices were designed after getting input from a team of engineers.
The Innovation Center will also house WABCO’s advanced development department, which specializes in future projects like e-mobility and automated driving in the commercial vehicle sector. WABCO will be investing to the tune of approximately 25 million Euros in the construction of the Engineering Innovation Center.
Speaking about the new center, Juergen Heller, Managing Director at WABCO Germany said that by investing in the Engineering Innovation Center, the company is setting new standards for a modern engineering environment which will expedite the development of many new efficient systems and innovative solutions. The center will also strength WABCO’s position as a technology leader due to additional product development capacities and the flexible infrastructure that will be created there.
“The Engineering Innovation Center will be the new hub of our product development,” added Dr. Christian Wiehen, WABCO’s Chief Technology Officer. “We are looking forward to working on the next generations of technologies that make commercial vehicles even more safe and thus help to save lives.”
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