MAHLE's all New Electronics and Mechatronics Development Center in China
Seventy engineers have moved into MAHLE's brand-new Electronics and Mechatronics Development Center in Changshu, China. The engineers will develop alternative drives, harnessing systems expertise in electric powertrains, electronics, and mechatronics. Areas of expertise offered will include charging solutions for electric vehicles and thermal management applications for alternative drives.
Due to the pandemic, the grand opening of the new Tech Center is slated to take place in the second half of the year. The new site in Changshu will play a key role as a further innovation hub for the Group's activities in the fields of alternative drives, alongside MAHLE's major technology centres for electronics and mechatronics in Kornwestheim (Germany), Šempeter pri Gorici (Slovenia) and Valencia (Spain).
"China has become a significant market for MAHLE. We want to grow further here and see great potential in e-mobility, which is clearly gaining momentum in China. We, therefore, aim to strengthen our technology partner in this region. Our new R&D centre in Changshu is the latest step in implementing this strategy.""
says Michael Frick, CEO of MAHLE (ad interim) and Chief Financial Officer.
MAHLE founded its new Electronics and Mechatronics business unit at the beginning of 2020 to bundle its activities in this crucial field of the future. The technology group expects sales growth in this segment to be well into double digits in the next decade.
"With our new R&D centre in Changshu, we will be able to focus our extensive development expertise even more specifically on the Chinese market for the benefit of our customers."
says Wilhelm Emperhoff, member of the MAHLE Management Board responsible for the Electronics and Mechatronics business unit.
MAHLE's diversified electronics and mechatronics product portfolio in the automotive sector includes numerous product solutions, such as electric drives, actuators, auxiliary units, and control and power electronics. MAHLE has been successfully established on the market with high-voltage traction motors and onboard chargers and DC/DC converters for passenger cars since 2019, and has since grown enormously in this segment. In recent months, MAHLE has also been setting new benchmarks in the e-bike segment, such as systems for gravel and city bikes. Moreover, in 2019, MAHLE entered the burgeoning Indian market for e-scooter drive systems.